SGA reveals best-funded organizations on campus – The Rider News

By Sarah Siock

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a drop in Rider registrations, projected funds for clubs and organizations that are funded by student activity fees on tuition bills still total over $ 700,000, according to the Financial Board of the Student Government Association (SGA).

This year, students paid $ 145 per semester for their student activity fees. The Finance Council is responsible for allocating these funds to student programs across the university. The $ 757,630 raised this school year was donated to 91 clubs and organizations whose departments receive some of the largest budgets.

University Athletics received $ 35,000, the Office of Service and Civic Engagement received $ 18,500 and Campus Traditions budget is $ 105,000 for this year. These three departments received the same budgets in 2020, before the pandemic. Campus Life Associate Dean and Finance Council Advisor Nick Barbati said departments that have received funds must use the money for “programming students for the mission or the spirit of what it is. department”.

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“Although it is a ministry, the ministry does not receive the money; he goes to student programs. For example, it cannot be used for staffing; everything has to go to the student body in general, ”said Barbati.

These departments use the funds for campus-wide events such as MAACness, Relay for Life, and Cranberry Fest. Barbati cited social distancing regulations resulting in fewer events last year, forcing departments and clubs to receive budgets similar to enrollment numbers before the pandemic. Money that clubs and organizations did not use in the 2020-2021 school year has been carried over into this year’s budgets.

The student-run organization that received the largest budget was the Student Entertainment Council (SEC) with $ 270,000. The SEC is responsible for planning campus traditions and events. Barbati said the SEC receives a large budget as it organizes large-scale events such as the fall concert and “I Love College Party”.

The club’s Sports Council received the second largest budget for a student organization at $ 110,000. However, this money is then allocated to Rider’s sports club.

The SGA only allocates funds to clubs that Rider classifies as Type 1 organizations, which means they are open to the entire student body. In addition, the SGA does not allocate funds to student media organizations.

Amanda Monte, major in finance and chair of the finance board, said, “For Type 1 organizations, there is no sign-up process or restriction to join. All majors, races and religions can join. Type two organizations include Greek Life which involves a pledging process, so there are restrictions on entering. They would not receive funding from us.

Each spring, clubs must submit their budget allocation requests to the Finance Committee. In the request, the clubs explain how much money they need and what the funds will be used for. Purchasing Guidelines for Clubs and Organizations Public funds cannot be used for conferences, non-university charitable donations, the purchase of alcohol or drugs, or to pay members.

“If it’s really not clear why a club is asking for so much money or if their submission is really vague we might not fully fund what they want, it’s good to be very specific with what they want. ‘he wants,’ Monte said.

Campus Traditions has a large SGA budget as they serve the entire campus. Photo by Andrew Xon.

Clubs can also apply for additional funds throughout the year, known as “spontaneous funding”. This cash reserve is also funded by fees of $ 145 on student tuition bills and totals $ 36,924 for this school year. The Finance Commission accepts unsolicited requests for funds on a weekly basis.

Monte said that several factors determine the amount of money a club receives, including the number of active members and the length of time the club has been established. The majority of clubs receive between $ 1,000 and $ 2,000 as a total budget, however, clubs newly recognized by the SGA Senate for this academic year cannot have a budget greater than $ 250.

“For example, campus traditions get a big budget because they serve the entire campus and students are really engaged with them. If a different department or different club programs were offering events and no one was going, it would show that there wasn’t a lot of interest and that they might not need the budget. Monte said, explaining the budget allocation process.

Earnest L. Veasey