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2012-2013 annual fundraising phonathon now underway

Announcement from Margaret Shiba, senior director of development:

Dear UH Hilo Faculty and Staff,

This is to announce the start of University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s 2012-2013 annual fundraising phonathon. Donations will be solicited from our database of UH Hilo alumni and friends, through calls made by students recruited, trained, and supervised by the UH Foundation. As always, donors will have an opportunity to direct their gifts to whichever unit of UH Hilo they wish to support or to the chancellor’s campus-wide enrichment fund.

While the calls all originate from the foundation’s calling center on O‘ahu (student callers are recruited from UH Manoa and Kapiolani CC), the phonathon scripts include up-to-date information on our campus and some of the highlights of the past year. Chancellor Don Straney personally met with the students callers in Honolulu last week, and he took time to answer their questions and to treat them to cookies from Big Island Candies!

This is the first of three phonathons for UH Hilo this year. In January we are planning a phonathon on behalf of Vulcan athletic programs, and in early early February, parents of UH Hilo students will be solicited.

In case any of your friends or contacts in the community mention receiving one of these calls, I want you to be aware of this important campaign. All funds raised will come back to Hilo, and every donor—whether paying by check or credit card–will receive prompt written confirmation from the UH Foundation indicating UH Hilo as the beneficiary. We look forward to great success with this campaign and more funds to meet campus needs.

Please wish us luck and do whatever you can to encourage generous donations to our good cause! Mahalo!

Margaret Shiba & Andrea Furuli
UH Hilo Office of Development/UH Foundation

P.S. Just so you are aware, anyone who prefers not to receive this sort of fundraising call is always able to request placement on a “Do Not Call” list, which the UH Foundation strictly observes.

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