When the Franklin Food Pantry did its first phone-a-thon during 2011, it was an all volunteer effort that resulted in a 100% yield to the Food Pantry. Dean College provided access to their phone bank and over 40 volunteers made calls to about 2400 Franklin households. The full story can be found here: http://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/06/franklin-food-pantry-says-thanks-to-you.html
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The phone rings during dinner. It’s a professional solicitor, calling to raise money for the local police union. The smooth talker convinces you to donate $100. You write out a check. Here’s what you might not realize: Only $37 goes to the union, which uses the money to support youth sports teams and the local food pantry. The fundraising company gets the rest — all $63 of it.