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UW-Eau Claire Telefund Receives Record Number of Employer Matching Gifts

RELEASED: Sept. 19, 2008

UW-Eau Claire Telefund callers
Telefund callers, like those pictured here, are current UW-Eau Claire students who believe in the university's mission of learning and service. These "students helping students" work to secure essential funds used to enhance UW-Eau Claire's educational programs.

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student callers are gearing up for the start of the fall Telefund, a fund-raising effort that last year raised a record of nearly $150,000 in matching gift dollars from employers.

The Telefund — during which current students call alumni to request donations — received more than $500,000 in gifts and pledges for fiscal year 2008.

Joe Romano, a 1975 UW-Eau Claire graduate, will again provide matching funds to help secure new donors. This will be the fifth year the alumnus has provided the matching funds.

"Matching gifts are a simple yet important way alumni can leverage their gift to UW-Eau Claire," said Nicole Poehling, the Telefund's new associate director of annual giving. "In addition to increasing the number of matching gifts, Telefund organizers are actively seeking new ways to grow all areas of the phone outreach program.

Poehling said online giving has more than tripled during the past three years, becoming a popular and convenient method of giving.

The Telefund continues to receive strong support from alumni and friends, Poehling said. For the past five years, UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends have made a record number of gifts and pledges — more than $500,000 each year — through the Telefund program. Nearly $40,000 was received from parents of currently enrolled UW-Eau Claire students.

"Telefund dollars are directed to the Excellence Fund and the Parent Fund, which provide critical support to areas of greatest need within the university," Poehling said. "Telefund gifts have an impact on all UW-Eau Claire students."

More than 36,000 alumni and friends can expect to be called by UW-Eau Claire students this fall.

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