Every spring, the Butler Foundation begins its annual Phonathon. This is lthe Foundation’s largest alumni campaign each year.
Butler students are hired for the Phonathon to call alumni to update their information and ask if they would be interested in giving back to Butler by donating money to the Annual Fund.
“The Phonathon is important from the calling aspect because students get the opportunity to learn about the college and they develop phone and people skills,” Foundation and Alumni Development Coordinator Syndee Scribner said.
The funds raised go towards supporting initiatives such as scholarships and student emergency loan funds. The scholarships have unrestricted or restricted criteria set by the donor. It is given out based on need, the high school they student attended, where they live, their field of study and so on. Vice President of Student Services, Bill Rinkenbaugh, approves the students in need of immediate assistance.
The student callers also have the chance to visit with alumni and discuss happenings and Butler, in general.
“We are not just trying to get money, it’s nice to talk to alumni and hear about their experiences at Butler,” Belle Plaine sophomore and Phonathon caller, Bailey Golightley said.
The Phonathon kicked off in February and will continue to call through finals, with a final goal of raising $20,000.
“The most important thing that alumni might not understand is that their gift, regardless of the size, is important to helping all students at Butler,” Scribner said.
To support the Butler Annual Fund, contact Syndee ‘Scrib’ Scribner at 316-323-6734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.