They recruit students to solicit donations. Although I applaud their ambition, the callers are so scripted and getting these sweet kids off the phone is a daunting task..... I just put them on my reject list.
The phone call is generated from FSU Foundation. It's raising money for FSU. They kept calling us until we finally answered. Frankly, we did not appreciate phone calls like that on weekends and evenings for obvious reasons. The representative on the phone asked us to donate 250 dollars. She would not take the hint that she actually called us walking out the door to a movie. We finally had to hang up the phone because she wouldn't take no for an answer. I love FSU and would love to support it but cold calling me for 250 dollars over the phone is just not the way to generate my interest. Sorry.
Answered the call the other day (Sunday) on our way back from FSU. It sounded like a FSU student; he was asking for a $250 donation to help fund a student bus service. My husband explained that we were on the road and couldn't do anything about it at the time. He asked the young man to email the info to us and we would look it over. (he had our son's name when he called). Either there is a breech of secure information on campus, or this is an unusual way of hitting parents up for more money. He said he would call back later in the week. He called twice tonight, but we ignored it both times. We just don't feel comfortable giving any information over the phone. If this really is legit, then FSU needs to send an official request out to parents, not hire students to call the parents all hours of the night and on weekends.
I'm an FSU alumni - I recognize 644 as an FSU no. but don't donate to them. The female seemed to have a foreign accent. I couldn't understand her anyway. Hung up - said she had the wrong no.
I've gotten a few call for money from them and as far as I am concerned with what FSU charges in tuition when I as was in school let alone now (it keeps going up) they have more than enough money and certainly do NOT need mine. Nor will they ever receive a penny of it btw. If I were to donate money it would be to a worthwhile charity like the Leukemia and Lymphoma society or Kids wish not FSU they (again) have more than enough money!
The calls are from the FSU Foundation to raise funds for scholarships. See: http://one.fsu.edu/community/page.aspx?pid=891 Be a grown up, answer the phone, and if you can't support higher education, ask the person (an FSU student) to remove you from the list.
So, I get this call twice tonight. Both times it's some older male on the phone, blabbering about something. I can't tell, because everything is mumbled and quite frankly, he sounded too drunk to talk. Fun stuff.
I didn't go to FSU, but I can tell that the person that called me did. Dunk little loser.
Thanks for telling me that!
I just started at FSU last fall (2012) so why am I already getting called by the alumni?
Not a Good Time
In my 6 years and counting here at FSU I have never once used the bus system, the dorms, stared at fountains, or anything else these people promote to me. I am a full grown man and live off campus. I have not "had fun" at FSU and that comment alone disqualifies you from commenting with these other adults. You probably came to college on your parent's dime and spent the whole time partying. Adults pay their own tuition, study their a***s off, and then go to grad school leaving more than $50,000 in debt. To call me asking for more money while I am currently giving $21,000 a year in tuition so that frat boys and sorority girls can "have fun at FSU" is not OK. Also not OK is calling me with an auto dial machine which hangs up on me every time I answer eliminating the chance for me to ask for my name to be removed. The two times I did speak with someone they refused to listen to my explanation that I did not care about a new fountain on campus and said went down from $500, to $200, and by $50 every time I said "no." They then asked me for my parents number so that they could donate. A 32 year old war veteran being asked for his parent's number so they can give money for him is a little disrespectful. I guess a 19 year old having fun at FSU doesn't understand that. I have asked for my name to be removed and called the voice mail several times to make similar requests but to no avail. After I graduate, use my degree, and pay off my expected $75,000 in debt I may consider giving money so the campus can build more fountains but until then don't give me the "you owe it to your school crap."
It's FSU fund raising. I did not answer and will not take solicitations from anyone who calls after 8pm on a Sunday night (even though I am a graduate).
I answered this call out of Florida because I have friends down there, and was concerned someone was using a landline or a buddy's phone to try and get in touch. However, when I picked up, there was nothing. No response.
I didn't attend FSU. I don't know anyone who attended FSU. I didn't apply to FSU for law or graduate school.
If they call back, I'm going to be miffed. It's 7:45 p.m. on a Friday, and I didn't go to your school. Shove off.
Stop the damn calls!!
The students making the phone calls probably don't have a lot of power to effect change -- but you do. Contact the Alumni Office and let them know that the decisions of the Board and the Administration are what influence you to support FSU -- or not.
I'm a current student and I got a call from this number. They're not getting a penny from me. I've been a member of Boosters and am a 4-year current SAA member. I've given the school and their organizations enough money.
These are annoying calls when I am trying to sleep.. I get up,at 4:15 am
I'm getting these calls now as well, but I'm in grad school elsewhere at the moment, so no money for FSU... FSU really needs the money, since the tuition is so low in Florida compared to other states, no one should be complaining. Most of the negative posts in this thread are just young students that don't yet understand the way fundraising works for large institutions. This is nothing unique to FSU. LOL, I had to chuckle at the unhappy History grad. I'm sorry they don't have a job, but that's why I went with software engineering. Paid internships and lots of job openings with great pay!
Who the hell gets a degree in History? You deserve to be unemployed
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Hmmm...why not give back?....well, maybe that is because even though I have a master's degree in History from FSU and over a decade of work experience, I am currently unemployed and considering a complete career change. I can't keep up with the student loans so I certainly don't think I can give back...I am still paying back for that degree that got me nothing.
Currently employed with organization
This is the number for the Florida State University Foundation. The foundation contacts current senior students, parents, as well as alumni.
The foundation calls these people in the interest of hopefully raising funds for things like scholarships as well as many other programs that are offered to the students at little or no charge to them. They do this because many of these things would not be possible without the support of generous people who are willing to donate to the college.
The foundation's hours are mon-thurs 6-9pm and sundays 1-8:30pm. Never will someone receive a phone call from this number after nine pm unless it is a very special circumstance. They call at these times because those hours are most convenient for the people they are calling.
The people calling you are actual students. They have certain guidelines they must follow, and this includes not leaving a message.There is nothing worse than being treated badly for doing what you're told. We are people to, you know. Working for money to pay for things like rent or other expenses.
If you don't want to be called anymore or aren't interested in helping out your school (whether you have graduated or not), tell them to take you off the calling list. It's that simple.
And if you are interested in helping the students out, great! We could use the help (as well as a conversation with a nice, polite person for once).
Also, the foundation qualifies as a not for profit organization, which is why they can call persons on the do not call list. They are trying to raise money for academic programs and scholarships. Not for athletics. And not for the alumni association.
NANCY E. GILL
NUMBER KEEPS CALLING, UNKNOWN, NO MESSAGE LEFT.
solicitation or scam...not sure. always a late call
While I don't have a problem with Alumni (or employed students) calling to solicit money for their University, I do have a problem with FSU calling me. I have never taken a class at FSU. My daughter is enrolled at another University and I donate there. The thing that really bothers me about FSU calling me however, is because I paid (I worked he didn't) for my EX HUSBAND to get his MBA at FSU. I am not giving anymore money on his behalf.
Thanks for letting me vent.
You obviously work for the company, otherwise how would you have ended up on this page?
You can donate all you want, but don't tell the rest of us what to do. Most of us are still paying off student loans and employed in the dying, underpaid field of education.
I don't answer numbers I don't recognize. I have $48,000 in student loans, so if they think they're going to get any money out of me, they're out of their minds.
I just got a call and it's 8:50. They have called 3 times in the last hour. They call a few times a week - never have answered.
these people suck. I am not giving them a dime even if i sell all my shadow spirit diamonds tonight.