Each year, HWS Connect (once known as the Student Phonathon) encourages student workers to connect with HWS graduates and parents to ask for their philanthropic support of the Colleges. The students who are selected and trained for this annual initiative are some of the Colleges’ most engaging, energetic and motivated individuals. Now, thanks to the generosity of members of the Board of Trustees and of the Alumni and Alumnae Councils, the student callers are receiving tangible recognition for their impressive results. The rewards are both incentive and a means of thanking students for providing an invaluable service to the Colleges.
By reaching out to extended members of the Colleges’ community, the students are able to improve their communication and relationship-building skills. Their outreach also gives graduates and parents an opportunity to hear firsthand what’s happening on campus. Last year, HWS Connect contacted more than 13,000 alums and parents, engaging the support of more than 1,000 new donors.
“Their job may not be the easiest on campus, but it is one of the most important because the support that our students secure provides the Colleges’ with immediate resources to meet increasing and ever-changing financial demands,” said Kristen Einstein, Director of Annual Giving.
The recent generosity of the Board and Councils in providing the rewards helps to further foster a fun and competitive atmosphere among the callers. Among the most important objectives for callers is the collection of address changes so that graduates and parents don’t miss out on the Pulteney Street Survey and other communications from campus. Another key component is inviting donors who have made a pledge to fulfill that gift immediately using a credit card. Not only does this help the dollars get put to work right away, but it also is a greener way to give, eliminating the need for follow-up by mail.
N. Harrison “Pete” Buck ’81, P’12, a member of the Colleges’ Board of Trustees provided two tickets to a Philadelphia Phillies game of the recipient’s choice in the coming season. These went to senior Grace Gallagher, the caller with the highest number of credit card gifts last semester. Additional rewards include gift certificates to local restaurants from Dr. Stephen Cohen ’67 and J.B. Robinson ’96; a gift certificate to Halsey’s from Herbert J. McCooey ’76, P’04, P’09; a gift certificate to Mark’s Pizzeria from Gail Herman McGinn ’73; Amazon.com gift cards from Adele Schlotzhauer ’83; a Parker’s gift certificate from Chris Welles ’84, P’11; a round of golf with Joe Tully ’88 at the Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill, Mass., and dinner and box seat tickets to a Red Sox game, for four, from Cynthia Gelsthorpe Fish ’82.