ISU Foundation Student Caller Raises $1 Million

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by LeaningCy, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. LeaningCy

    LeaningCy Active Member

    Jan 18, 2008
  2. motorCYcle

    motorCYcle Active Member

    Jun 18, 2008
    Ames, Iowa
    That is pretty amazing...
  3. clone2011

    clone2011 Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Good work out of him, brought in a lot of money for the school! Personally, I could never do a job like that, cold-calling and asking people for donations. He's obviously good at what he does, and even if he goes into an unrelated field that will look good to future employers.
  4. brianhos

    brianhos Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    Computer geek
    I think 15,000 of those calls were to me.
  5. CycloneErik

    CycloneErik Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Grad Student
    Were those the unsuccessful half? :wink:

    That would be something if he was successful with every call, except for one person.
  6. MontyBurns

    MontyBurns Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2008
    I hope he gives me some of that money so I can replace the answering machine tape that was worn out recording 10,000 messages from him.
  7. cyfan964

    cyfan964 Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    4 blocks from the Jack
    Agreed. What pisses me off is getting those calls 1 year after graduating. I realize every bit helps, but man I have 10's of thousands of dollars in student loans to Iowa State University and you are calling and asking me to donate money? Hmmmmmmmm.......
  8. hiltonisheaven

    Apr 11, 2006
    That is an amazing accomplishment! I worked at the foundation making calls for a summer while I was there. It is a difficult job and you are completely drained at the end of your shift...I also felt dirty for getting ppl to give their hard earned money. IMO, universities are similar to the government in that they waste a ton of $. I think one positive of the bad economy is that the universities are now having to be more careful w/ their budgeting. Sadly, I can't bring myself to say no when they call me now because I know how bad the job stinks. :no:
  9. aeroclone

    aeroclone Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2006
    My name must have come up on the list again this week. I have been getting 1 or 2 calls per night. I know it is them because they are the only place that ever calls that comes up as "No ID" on my caller ID.

    I really wouldn't have a problem with them if they just came out and asked me for money. It bugs me that they BS me with the small talk for so long and then they smack you over the head with a request for $500. And yes, they started calling like 2 weeks after I graduated. I have some bills to pay first guys, but nice try.
  10. Irresponsible

    Irresponsible Active Member

    Jul 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    They called me and I told them to check the amount of money I paid to ISU for parking tickets and consider that my donation. They stopped calling after that.
  11. 06_CY

    06_CY Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    I won't give them any money after having to deal with one of their higher up employees at a former job...but good job out of this guy.
  12. Cyclone06

    Cyclone06 Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Des Moines
    I've experienced this exact same thing. Memo to the foundation, if I say no on Monday, things will not change by Wens, Thurs, or Saturday.

    It got so bad (frequent), the last call I took went:
    "Hi, is 'Scott' available?"
    "Yes, but if this is Iowa State, quit calling!" (Hang up)

    I felt horrible, but it began to get ridiculous. One call every 6 months? OK. 4 calls a week? No thanks.
  13. cyclonedave25

    cyclonedave25 Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Sports Performance Coach
    Chicago, IL
    My typical conversation with them: (paraphrased of course)

    "Would you like to donate $500 to ISU?"
    "I would love too, but can't afford it. I just graduated and have no money."
    "ok, what about $350?"
    "like I said, I can't afford it at this time."
    "ok, what about $250?"
    "I am so broke, I'm having trouble buying my groceries. thanks though."
    "ok, what about $150?"
    "I can't. I won't. I have NO MONEY."
    "ok, what about $100?"
    "Nope. seriously, I have no money. call me back in a few years when I have a job and all my loans are paid off."
    "ok, what about $50?"
    ....... you get my point. I know they are just following their sales pitch, but its sooo annoying.

    But, congrats to that kid. Good Job!!
  14. Schfinkter

    Schfinkter Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    Dandy's House
    Ok. What about $25?
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  15. superdorf

    superdorf Well-Known Member

    I worked there for about 6 months. We had to start off at $1000. I think I heard a few f-bombs dropped when I said, "And would you like to give $1000 to this fund?"
  16. cyclonedave25

    cyclonedave25 Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Sports Performance Coach
    Chicago, IL
    Honestly, if they would have asked for $25, I would have finally gave in... :jimlad::wink:
  17. MontyBurns

    MontyBurns Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2008
    My typical conversation:

    "Would you like to donate CLICK"

    Honestly I hang up on telemarketers so fast I don't even know if they're calling about ISU, my car warranty expiration, a polictical survey, or to sell Ginsu knives. And I don't care, I hate those callers so much I would electrocute the SOB's through the phone line if I could. Lucky for that kid that I can't. At least, not yet....
  18. Dryburn

    Dryburn Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    Somewhere in the U.S.
    I know that the calls can get annoying, but it is a major fund-raising arm of Iowa State. Don't forget, without their work we would not have Hilton, the Iowa State Center, or Jack Trice, so........keep things in perspective. Just sayin.......
  19. cyclonedave25

    cyclonedave25 Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Sports Performance Coach
    Chicago, IL
    What if the telemarketing was saying this...
    "Would you like to donate $1 and then receive $500,000 in return since you would be our 1,000,000th donator???
    Man, that would suck.. shouldn't have hung up on them! :jimlad:
    Actually, I usually hang up too, but sometimes I just like to hear what they have to say and take up their time. When I worked in telemarketing at Viking Magazine in Ames (sucks), it always ****** my off the most when people would make me take them through my entire sales pitch and then not buy anything. It was a huge waste of my time. People who hung right up on me, were my favorite!
  20. dunar

    dunar Well-Known Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    Software Engineer
    Altoona, IA
    I, too, worked for the Foundation for a semester. I always got the "yet to give" lists, tons of fun! And the halfway point where everyone who was under-performing got pulled out of the room for a pep-talk, or as I called it halftime! Oh did I loathe that job... Funny thing is, the last month I was there I got the good attitude award and when I quit, one of the supervisors was pushed to try and talk me in to staying...

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