Mass funding successful for some, headache for other organizations
Issue date: 4/23/10 Section: News
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Details are very important in this process. USG evaluates requests with specific guidelines. "We examine how detailed the funding requests are; it is easier to make allocations when the facts surrounding events are clearer. Finally, we look at how effectively groups have spent their funds in the past. Phrased differently, we do not want to give additional funds to organizations that fail to use funds they have received in the past," explained Weber.
He also explained that CollegiateLink is becoming increasingly important in the process.
"It will be a key tool in the future, as it allows the Finance Committee to more closely monitor and assess the events conducted by recognized student organizations," Weber said.
Senior Gareth Kafka knows much about the details of mass funding. Kafka has held the position of treasurer for CWRU Swing Club, Physics and Astronomy Club, and Footlighters. For Kafka, these experiences have been invaluable and taught him how to be successful during the mass funding process. For many groups, it is good record-keeping, planning, and communication that proves most beneficial for receiving the desired funding. Kafka elaborated on the importance of these skills:
"When I was in my third and fourth semesters as treasurer with Swing Club, the club decided to hold a workshop event which cost $5100, give or take $50 (some people never gave me receipts). The club hadn't held an event of this magnitude for years, yet we were allocated several thousand dollars by USG towards this event because of good planning and communication. I took as meticulous notes as possible on attendance and actual budgeting, and this only helped further the USG allocated budget for Swing."