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Giving to Roosevelt: Frequently Asked Questions

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt


Q: Why should I support Roosevelt University?
A: There are so many reasons that we need your support. However, there are even more reasons why you should want to give it. Find out more about what we do and why you should become a part of it.

Q: How can I support Roosevelt University?
A: There are a variety of ways to donate your time and resources to the University. For specifics on financial support, please review our many ways to give

Q: When I donate, where does my money go?
A: By giving to Roosevelt University, you make our organization stronger for every student, dramatically expanding the impact and reach of our enduring mission and vision. Your financial support allows the University to provide the kind of education that turns students into socially-conscious leaders, while promoting a better world through public service. For our continued success, private financial support is critical. It allows us to maintain Roosevelt’s tradition of excellence while cultivating an unparalleled campus experience for our students, now and into the future.   No matter how much our world changes, Roosevelt will always strive to provide the best for our students: a distinguished faculty and staff, up-to-date facilities and resources, financial aid, progressive programs, community outreach initiatives, career services, campus technology, world-class academics, and so much more. Your support goes directly into the unique education our diverse student population enjoys – so be proud of your contribution, as it truly transforms the future of our students and society.

Q: How much does alumni support really matter?
A: Did you know that corporations and foundations look to alumni support as a measure of satisfaction and strength when making decisions about directing major gifts to universities like Roosevelt? Therefore, the loyalty of our graduates is extremely important to us and greatly encouraged. Furthermore, alumni participation is measured and analyzed by U.S. News and World Report when considering college and university national ranking – and that leads to potential students all over the country becoming familiar with Roosevelt University and its vision.  

Every donor matters to us, no matter how large or small their contribution, but we truly count on our diverse alumni community to drive our fundraising efforts and help spread the word about Roosevelt’s academic excellence and dedication to a better future for our society. Find out how you can support Roosevelt University, or take the next step and give now.

Q: How can alumni support Roosevelt, in addition to donating funds?
A: The Office of Career Development  and the Roosevelt Alumni Association have united to encourage all Roosevelt alumni to get involved by joining the Professional Connections Initiative (PCI), a growing online mentorship database through eRecruiting that benefits students and alumni job seekers, as well as alumni employers looking to access an excellent pool of Roosevelt candidates for jobs and internships. For more information about mentorship opportunities, or for general information about career services and resources available to alumni, visit the Career Development  page. If you have further questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (888) RU-ALUMS, e-mail our staff.

Q: I work for Roosevelt. How can I further support the University?
A: Our faculty and staff embrace their responsibility of making Roosevelt’s vision a reality. Every day our efforts further the University’s mission, but there are other ways to help as well. By making a gift to the school, faculty and staff have yet another opportunity to invest in our students and in the University’s future. As a Roosevelt employee, you can request that a regular donation be deducted from your paycheck. To establish a payroll deduction gift, or if you have questions regarding your current pay roll deduction gift, please contact Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Jan Parkin by phone at (312) 341-4327 or e-mail.

Q: What is the Phonathon, and why do you do it?
A: The Phonathon is our annual calling pledge drive and remains one of Roosevelt’s most effective tools in reaching a large number of potential supporters in a very short period of time. The Phonathon program operates throughout the academic year, with two 10-week calling programs in the fall and spring semesters; most calls are made during the evening and weekends to maximize response rates. The funds generated by the Phonathon supports scholarships, operations, academic programs and resources, faculty recruitment, capital improvements, and community service initiatives. It also allows our giving team the opportunity to personally communicate with Roosevelt alumni, making a one-on-one connection and appeal on behalf of our current students, faculty and staff. It keeps our former students connected to the future of the University, while promoting new programs and increasing annual support. So when you get a call from Roosevelt University, make a pledge and ensure our continued success.

Q: Is it safe to give credit card information over the phone to the Phonathon representative?
A: Yes, it’s very safe. Putting your gift on a major credit cards helps us maximize your gift by cutting down on the administrative and processing costs of sending you a pledge card by mail. We understand our sponsors’ concerns about credit card security, so we process your gift on the following business day and destroy all payment information immediately thereafter. 

Q: If I'm on the Federal Do Not Call List, why is the Phonathon still calling me?
A: The Roosevelt Phonathon is classified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and every dollar we raise goes directly back to Roosevelt students. All charitable and non-profit organizations are exempt from the National Do Not Call Registry. We hope that through the reduction in calls for services and products, you will be more open to calls from Roosevelt that serve to benefit our students and keep you connected to the University’s current work on campus.

Q: I’m a student and want to get involved with the Phonathon. What do I do?
A: If you are a current Roosevelt student interested in learning management and communication skills with our Phonathon program, please contact our annual giving team at (312) 341-3623 or online to apply.

Q: What are some exciting, new programs at Roosevelt that need funding now? 
A: Read about our new vertical campus in downtown Chicago, the revival of intercollegiate athletics and our new College of Pharmacy at the Schaumburg Campus.

Your support makes a very real difference for our students. Give now.