Ferris Telephone Outreach Program


The Telephone Outreach Program is the single most effective way to speak with the largest number of potential donors in the shortest period of time.  By phoning alumni and friends of the University, student callers are able to build a relationship with them that will lead them to make a gift to the University.  A letter can be a useful tool used to connect with individuals, but a telephone call is interactive: students present compelling and specific reasons for giving to the University.  An engaging conversation can be the most important reason a donor will give this year.  If the person has a good experience speaking with a student and finds the case compelling, Ferris will receive a charitable gift.

In the first year of operating a calling center on the university campus using Ferris State University students, many records have been broken

  • Pledges – 2,137 (123% increase)
  • Dollars - $132,668 (105% increase)

Student Fundraisers

The Telephone Outreach Program raised a record amount of $132,668 which over the course of 25 weeks of calling, amounted to an average of $5,306 per week.

Annual giving funds are primarily used for scholarships and programs specified by the donor.


Telephone Outreach Awards Banquet - May 1, 2014

Caller of the Year - Gold

Caller of the Year GOLD | Ovo Evwierhoma

Caller of the Year Silver

Caller of the Year SILVER | Alex Melito

 Caller of the Year Bronze

Caller of the Year BRONZE | Kristina Flynn

 First pledges

First Pledges | Zenarra James and Jackie Jones

highest average pledge

Highest Ave. Pledge | Zenarra James

highest dollar per hour

Highest Dollar per Hour | Dalton Bryant

Highest Pledge Rate

Highest Pledge Rate | Christian Okonye

Most Attempts

Most Attempts | Alex Melito

Most contacts per hour

Most Contacts per Hour | Jackie Jones

Most Contacts

Most Contacts | Alex Melito 

Most Credit Card Dollars

Most Credit Card Dollars | Kelsey Barr

Most Credit Card Pledges

Most Credit Card Pledges | Alex Melito 

Most Hours Worked

Most Hours Worked | Ovo Evwierhoma

Most Improved

Most Improved | Alex Melito

Most Matching Gifts

Most Matching Gifts | Dalton Bryant

Most Pledges

Most Pledges | Ovo Evwierhoma 

Perfect Attendance

Perfect Attendance | Alex Melito

Bingo Champion

Bingo Champion | Paul Dumas 

Most Bizarre Call

Most Bizarre Call | Paul Squires

Most Creative

Most Creative | Marquavis Johnson 

Most Energetic

Most Energetic | Josh Jordal





Longest Call | Jacey Culross

Pacesetter | Kaytlin Davidson