Your direct line to making a difference for Whitworth students
Fall weather is already sneaking onto Whitworth's Spokane campus as we welcome the Class of 2017! With the beginning of a new school year, the 2013-14 Whitworth Fund Phonathon is now under way. In the coming weeks 20 Whitworth students will be making calls to alumni, parents, and friends of the university. They are thrilled to have the chance to connect with fellow Whitworthians, to share recent campus news, and to help the university reach its goals.
Who am I speaking to during my phonathon call?
Calling for the Whitworth Phonathon is an on-campus job, so all callers are current Whitworth students, from all academic years and programs.
Why does the phonathon exist?
The purpose of the phonathon is twofold. First, we hope to stay in touch with our alumni by ensuring that we have their most current contact information and by keeping them informed about campus development and events. Second, we fund-raise for The Whitworth Fund, an unrestricted fund that is vital to the success of Whitworth. The Whitworth Fund supports the areas of greatest need on campus, which means that it's the most flexible resource Whitworth has in terms of funding.
How long will my call last?
Your call will last as long as you want it to. Most calls last 3-5 minutes, but we really love talking to alumni, parents and friends. So if you're interested in swapping Whitworth stories with your caller, it may last longer. If time is an issue for you, feel free to let your caller know that you have just a few moments; he or she will respect your time constraints.
Why am I called so often?
We use an automated dialer system, which means that each time we fail to reach you (or you tell us you're not available at the moment), your phone number goes right back into the system, ensuring that you will receive another call within the next few days. The best way to avoid this is simply to answer your phone and take 3-5 minutes to complete your phonathon call. Once you've given us a definite answer as to whether or not you'd like to give, you will be removed from this year's calling list.
When I answered my phone, no one was there. What happened?
Our automatic dialer is set to wait for a certain number of rings before moving on to the next call, so when you pick up the phone and no one is there, we've probably just missed you. We apologize for this inconvenience, and we will try to reach you again soon.
I am unable to give to Whitworth this year. How can I avoid being called?
First, please know that we would truly appreciate a gift of any amount – don't feel embarrassed to make what you might consider to be a small gift. Each year, longtime Whitworth philosophy professor Forrest Baird encourages our graduating seniors to give the amount that it costs to buy a pizza. Trust us: It really does make a difference.
But if you cannot give this year, please allow our caller to update your contact information so that we can avoid sending Whitworth publications to the wrong place; then let him or her know that you won't be able to make a gift this year. We won't call you again until the next academic year.
Other helpful hints:
Since you know that a phonathon call is on its way, it would be helpful if you could consider whether/how much you'd like to give prior to your call. This allows you to budget accordingly, and it simplifies your call when it comes.
Please consider giving by credit or debit card. These gifts are extremely helpful for us, because we can put that money to use right away. Paying by credit card also simplifies things for you, because we can take care of the entire transaction over the phone, and you won't have to remember to send a check. If you're concerned about paying the full gift amount at once, we are more than happy to set up monthly payments. We'd greatly appreciate it if you would consider making a credit/debit card gift this year.
Annually, the Whitworth Phonathon's main goal is to raise more than $200,000 in unrestricted gifts for The Whitworth Fund. We couldn't be more grateful for the generous support we receive from Whitworth donors like you on an annual basis.
Our goal this year is to raise $230,000 in gifts and pledges. Given the challenging economic climate of the past few years, we are especially grateful to all of the alumni, parents, grandparents, friends, and members of the senior class who continue to help us stay strong and further the mission of Whitworth University. Whether or not you made a gift, we'd love to hear from you this year!
Please note that your application requires a current résumé. Minimum qualifications include verbal and written mastery of the English language, excellent communication skills, a positive attitude about Whitworth and a strong sense of professionalism in representing the university. Applicants must be current Whitworth students.
The Whitworth Phonathon team hires new callers at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and occasionally throughout the year. To find out whether there are currently any calling positions open, please contact Teresa Norlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These gifted and committed callers have earned entry into the George F. Whitworth Phonathon Honor Society by raising significant amounts of money for The Whitworth Fund during their time working at the phonathon.
These businesses have donated gift certificates and other prizes to be used as incentives for phonathon callers; many have contributed several years in a row. We encourage you to support these generous local businesses.