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LSSU Phonathon supports the Fund for LSSU

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fund for LSSU?

Every year alumni and friends support Lake Superior State University by making contributions to the Fund for LSSU. With Michigan’s current economic challenges and the ever rising cost of higher education, private support from alumni and friends is vital. By supporting the Fund for LSSU, you play an important role in the University's efforts to provide a high quality educational experience. These gifts support student financial aid assistance, academic and athletic program initiatives, and the University infrastructure in a variety of ways each year. Gifts made to the Fund for LSSU, no matter what the amount, greatly impacts the lives of our students and the future of Lake Superior State University.

Can I designate where I want my gift to go?

Most definitely! While supporting the Fund for LSSU is essential, we understand that many donors choose to designate a gift to a specific department, scholarship, or to a program on campus like the Aquatic Research Lab, Kenneth J. Shouldice Library or to a Laker athletics program to name a few. With over 300 fund designations, there's a giving opportunity for everyone!

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, your gift is tax deductible as allowable by law! Once we receive your gift, you will receive a tax receipt verifying that your gift has been designated to the proper fund.

What is a matching gift?

Some employers may double or triple the amount of your original gift through their employer’s matching gift program. Spouses of employees, retired employees and board members are often eligible for the match as well. Contact your Human Resources office or their website to inquire about their matching gift program or to obtain a matching gift form. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and your company’s match will further enhance the University’s mission. If you have questions about matching gifts, please contact Sharon Dorrity, director of Constituent Relations, at 906-635-2665 or vist our matching gift webpage.

May I use a credit or debit card to make a gift?

Yes! We encourage our donors to give by credit or debit card. It is actually more cost effective and allows us to put your gift to work immediately.  We honor Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

If you don’t want to give your credit or debit card over the phone, you may also make an online gift on our secure website by visiting and click on the direct link: Make A Gift Today.  Or go directly to the online gift form.

Why do you conduct a telephone campaign?

It is our goal to speak to as many alumni, parents and friends of Lake Superior State University as possible each year through phone calls, mailings, email, and while hosting special events. The LSSU Foundation conducts a student phonathon campaign each year to raise donations for the Fund for LSSU. By staying connected and being informed about LSSU, we are creating a link that enables us to raise awareness about the current happenings at the University and to help raise vital private resources. This in turn, allows the Lake Superior State University to offer the high quality education and college experience.

The Phonathon runs September thru March of an academic year.

Who is calling? Our Students!

The callers are current LSSU students whose majors are as diverse as the alumni they are calling.  This is our opportunity to connect and for alumni and friends to share their Laker stories, college experience, and offer career advice with the alumni of tomorrow.

Where are the phone calls being made

The Phonathon Center is on the second floor of the Dr. Lou and Mae Lukenda Alumni House located on the campus of LSSU.

When do you call?

Monday thru Thursday 6:00 to 9:00 pm during the months of September thru March in a given academic year..

Will I receive a pledge reminder?

Yes. You will receive a pledge reminder within 72 hours of your phonathon call. The pledge reminder will state the caller's name, pledge amount, and designation. Please know that you can change your designation on the form or by calling the LSSU Foundation.

Will I receive a tax receipt?

Yes. You will receive a gift acknowledgment/tax receipt within 3 business days from the time the gift is receipted.

How do I make a gift NOW?

Go to and make your gift on our secure online giving website.

Additional Questions?

If you have any additional questions about the Annual Fund or about the Phonathon Program, contact:
Tracy Hammond, Development Assistant and Phonathon Manager - (906) 635-6219 or email
Or Sharon Dorrity, Director of Constituent Relations - (906) 635-2665 or email