Every year universities and colleges across the nation host events and fundraisers catered toward their alumni in hopes that they support their institution financially.
This is what the Phonathon provides Stephens. With the help of outside company Wilson-Bennett Technology Incorporated, students are hired to contact both traditional and non-traditional alumnae, which are people that attended without graduating, and ask for continued support.
This support can be allocated to many different areas but where exactly does the money go?
Marissa Todd, Director of Alumnae Relations and Philanthropy said that the money goes into the Stephens Fund.
The Stephens Fund breaks the donations into five broad categories, which are faculty excellence, student success, academic innovations, a vibrant and beautiful campus and the legacy of women’s education.
Determining how much of the money goes to each category is left up to President Dianne Lynch and her Senior Staff. They meet to discuss budgets and from there determine what projects to prioritize.
Though Stephens is grateful for donations, work remains unfinished, so the calls will continue this spring as Senior staff decides how to allocate the money in the Stephens Fund.