Who are the idiot alumni taking those calls (no doubt around dinner time)?? I’d refuse to donate unless via email/website.you are probably right. I once worked for a summer for a fundraising company that solicited donations from university alumni. The telephone script they gave us had us start off by asking the person for $1600. Then we'd go down to $800, then to $400, then $200, and then $100. The real goal was actually to get a $100 donation. By the time we got there, most alumni felt lucky to get off the phone with only a $100 donation. Terrible job, but somewhat instructive for me.