Since the MDRT Foundation began in 1959, the generosity of MDRT members funded the global grants programs that built stronger families and communities worldwide. The Foundation has awarded more than $40 million in grants in more than 70 countries since its inception.
Fundraising has played a crucial role in providing these grants. During the past six decades, thousands of MDRT members volunteered their time and talent to come together for a few days a year, make phone calls and raise money at Phonathons.
Times have changed, though, and the way we communicate has expanded in ways we couldn’t have imagined in our lifetimes. Today, instead of picking up the phone to make a call, many of us pick up the phone to communicate via email, text messages, cross-platform messaging services (such as WhatsApp) and social media. As a result, 2023 will be the final year of the Phonathon as we make way for more effective and current fundraising methods.
Our team is honored and excited to be part of this final event. We’ll celebrate our history as we also look toward the future. Please join us in making this final event a memorable and successful one! We hope you’ll support our final Phonathon March 28–29 and answer the last Phonathon call.
Addie Murdock is the 2023 MDRT Foundation Phonathon Chair. She’s an 11-year MDRT member and Top of the Table member from San Diego, California, USA.