In recent years, student phonathons have set one fundraising record after another. And this year is shaping up as more of the same. In fact, this year’s effort is on pace to demolish previous records. As of year’s end—with four months to go—the phonation had already surpassed $820,000 in pledges, well within range of its $915,000 goal. The existing phonathon record is $891,000, which was set last year.
While the numbers themselves are impressive, what makes them truly remarkable is the leadership behind the effort. For the first time, the University hired three students to completely run the campaign. The trio oversees the student callers, organizes the callings and collects the pledges and payments—and, judging by the numbers, are lining themselves up for bright futures.