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Telephone fundraising campaign

Connecting students with our community

The telephone fundraising program aims to highlight areas in need of support, re-engage alumni in the life of the University, and build our connection with the donor community.

Frequently asked questions

The Telephone Fundraising Program aims to connect our current students with graduates and our University community to keep them informed about what’s happening on campus. Our student callers also reach out to graduates and donors to invite them to make a charitable donation to one of our programs. 

We received your contact details at the time of your graduation. We may have also tried to contact you at an old number and received forwarding information from a family member or friend.

You can update your contact information and communication preferences on our website at any time, or by contacting the Alumni Relations office directly by calling +61 2 9036 9222 or emailing alumni.office@sydney.edu.au.

Student callers can view information about you including your contact details and your studies at Sydney.

All calls from our telephone fundraising program come from the same outgoing number. You will be able to verify that you are speaking with a student caller by checking the number they are calling from is 02 9325 0317.

You can also verify the call by checking your graduate ID, or Advance ID, which is different from your student number. Your advance ID can be found on anything we send you including letters, your Sydney Alumni Magazine, and emails. 

Our telephone program recruits current students. It is important to us to maintain connection with our graduates and community. By making personal calls, graduates and friends have the chance to hear about University and faculty news, ask questions, give feedback, swap stories with a current student, and stay actively involved in our community. 

Making a charitable donation through the University is a great way to make a tangible difference in your community. 

From helping create a healthier future for our Great Barrier Reef to giving refugees a fresh start, whatever cause you’re most passionate about, it’s more than likely someone here is working on it.

When you give through the University, 100% of every gift goes where it's needed - we don't make deductions for administration.

There are more than 600 different causes that you can support.  Our student callers can answer questions about specific causes to support as well as help you find one that you are passionate about.

Emails can often get lost in an inbox and this offers a helpful and easy reminder for you to give to fundraising programs at the University. 

The telephone program’s operating hours are Monday to Friday, 10am - 8pm and Saturday, 10am - 5pm AEST. Please note that we do not call on Sundays.

Yes, our callers are paid a competitive hourly rate. Despite the fact that our callers are paid, 100% of your donation still goes directly to the cause of your choice.

If you are interested in becoming a caller, you can contact us at development.fund@sydney.edu.au to apply.

Our callers may suggest funds they think you might be interested in. They might also tell you about some of our priority causes, which may include:

-        The Refugee Language Program

-        Student Scholarships Fund

-        Student Support Fund

-        Cancer Research

Yes. Our student callers take great care when dealing with personal information and operate under strict guidelines to ensure that no information is inadvertently shared. Private mobile phones are banned from the calling floor and any credit card details are immediately destroyed after processing. 

We are calling from the University of Sydney in the IXL building. It is located on 2-10 Golden Grove Street, Darlington. 

Current students may be called if they have already completed a degree at the University or if they have supported the University in the past. Students also enrolled in an honours degree may also be contacted. 

Our student callers only have access to the database of alumni, so the information they have available pertains to degrees that have been completed. This is why students know your name, title, basic degree information, contact details, and any employment information that you have previously provided. 

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“To the lady who donated to the Refugee Language Program. Thank you so much for sharing your story about how you brought your whole family over from Syria. It really inspired me." - Ali, Student Caller    

 

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"To the gentleman who donated towards the Melanoma Foundation, being a melanoma patient yourself, I wanted to say a huge thank you because you’re paving the way for future research and treatment." - Eleanor, Student Caller.

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"As someone on a scholarship, I know firsthand what a huge difference it makes. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who’s given to the Student Support Fund this year." - Linna, Student Caller