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Student Government Association (SGA) 
Student Organization Funding Committee (SOFC) 

Chaired by the SGA Treasurer, the Student Organization Funding Committee (SOFC) is a group of Student Government Association members who serve as official budget managers.  They are responsible for allocating funds to Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) on campus and for overseeing allocated funds to ensure that monies are being properly spent.  This committee is advised by the Director for Student Engagement & Leadership (SEaL).  

SGA SOFC Budget Request Process  

  • In order to receive funds from SOFC, RSOs must be fully registered with the Center Student Engagement & Leadership by the end of October.  
  • Budget requests are accepted on an ongoing basis by SOFC 
  • The RSO President and Treasurer must consult with organization members and Advisor prior to submitting a Budget Request Form.   
  • The RSO President or Treasurer must complete the funding request online at www.tinyurl.com/cavsofc 
  • Funding requests should be submitted at least three weeks prior to the event date. 
  • Decisions are typically made on funding requests within two weeks.   
  • Any allocated funds will not be available until SOFC has confirmed with the Center Student Engagement & Leadership that the RSO is in good standing. 
  • The Director for Student Engagement and Leadership and SGA Treasurer will be in contact with a decision and next steps. 
  • Questions pertaining to the Budget Request process can be directed to sga@cabrini.edu 

SOFC Guidelines for Requesting Funds  

SOFC appropriates funds for activities initiated by RSOs and treats all organizations in an equal manner when granting funding. RSOs receiving funding from another source on campus will be considered after all other RSOs are allocated funds.  This allows all eligible groups to receive some funding. 

Budget proposals will only be accepted for general programming that is open to ALL undergraduate students. 

Only registered RSOs will be considered for SOFC funding. SOFC will collaborate with the Center for Student Engagement & Leadership (SEaL) to determine the status of an organization before granting final approval for funds. 

RSOs must have an advisor’s approval prior to requesting funding.  Advisors will be contacted via email to confirm that they have officially approved the budget that has been submitted on behalf of the organization. 

Requests for funding for alcohol, membership dues, and/or charitable donations or expenses will not be funded. 

As SOFC has a limited amount of funding available to allocate to active student clubs each year, the following guidelines should be considered by clubs when preparing their budget proposal. SOFC typically will not fund above these amounts unless the club has a history as a successful organization and is able to provide strong justification for the higher request. 

  • Food - $500 
  • Conferences - $350 * 
  • Operational - $300 (faculty support copier and office supplies) 
  • All other general programming request amounts will be determined by SOFC 

Requests for materials specific to your organization (i.e. protective gear for a recreational club) will be determined after information regarding their future usage and storage has been provided to SOFC. 

ALL proposals must be submitted with as much supporting detail as possible.  If inadequate information is provided, SOFC reserves the right to return the proposal to the RSO for further revisions.  This may delay approval of the request. 

Criteria for Receiving SOFC Funding 

  The most important factors considered by SOFC for events to receive funding are:   

1. Your RSO has a strong history with SEaL/SOFC 

    • Have you spent the previous SOFC allocated funds according to the guidelines? 
    • Have you successfully held this or a similar event before? 
    • Do you publicize your RSO well? Do you have an active membership? 
    • Do you involve your membership in decision-making? 
    • Have you attempted to fundraise or acquire additional sources of funding? 

2. The request benefits the campus community. 

    • Is this event or activity open to everyone? 
    • Does the event bring something new and exciting to campus? 
    • How many people will be affected by your program or event?   

3. Your Budget Proposal is well-prepared. 

    • Did you submit your proposal at least 3 weeks prior to your event date? 
    • Does your proposal demonstrate a well-planned event?  
    • Is your proposal well-detailed?  
    • SOFC has a limited amount of funds to allocate and the more detailed your request, the better your chances for receiving funding.   

These criteria are all of equal importance when SOFC reviews requests for funding.  They are guidelines to help RSOs prepare successful SOFC requests. Questions about submitting SOFC Budget Proposals can be directed to sga@cabrini.edu 

SOFC Budget Request Form: www.tinyurl.com/cabrinisofc

*As of September 16, 2022, funding requests for travel or conference attendance will not be approved.