Phonathon student callers

Your gift is very important to us!

Your gift to the Annual Fund through the WSU Annual Fund Call Center supports student scholarships, faculty/student research, lecture series, library acquisitions and other areas of need within the university. The Annual Fund Call Center is necessary to provide all the things that make it possible for students to attend WSU, and have a great educational experience!

We work 5 nights a week every semester calling WSU alumni, parents and friends to raise money for the Annual Fund. Though our primary focus is fund raising (and friend raising!) we also share the latest news from campus, and love to have conversations about the ‘now’ and ‘then’ at WSU.

Giving by credit card through our call center is a secure and popular option. You can also give easily and securely online: Give Now. Your dollars will go to work immediately.

You may also call the Advancement Office at 800-342-5978 ext. 5020, or mail your gift to:
WSU Foundation
P.O. Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987-5838

We help bring WSU to alumni and friends who are not able to make it back to campus, and we learn a lot from you as well. We are WSU ambassadors and enjoy being the link between the past and present – as we provide the opportunity to support our great university. 

The WSU Annual Fund Call Center began as a volunteer program with students calling from a classroom in Somsen Hall for a couple of weeks a year. They actually used round dialing telephones back then and manually dialed the numbers. The program has come a long way since then. Now running from our state of the art ‘Call Center’ in Wabasha Hall, we have 15 students calling 5 nights/week using headphones and desktop computers to ‘dial’. But our purpose and enthusiasm haven’t changed a bit. And we also gain valuable work experience.  

We attempt to call over 50,000 alumni and friends and actually reach almost 25,000 people across the nation every year.

Yes! Every single gift of any amount makes a difference to us. Your participation also plays a major role in determining university rankings (making that WSU degree even more valuable!) and in influencing public foundation and corporate support. In addition, if you work for a company that matches gifts, you can double or even triple your gift to WSU.

The Annual Fund Call Center student team calls every evening Sunday through Thursday during the school year from 5:15 – 8:45 Central time. Our fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30.
Every year we set our goal based on past results and ambitious plans for the future. This year we hope to raise over $310,000 for WSU.