The Student Organization Financing Committee (SOFC) is the funding arm of the Duke Student Government and manages the allocation of the Programming Fund. The fund is open to all recognized and chartered student groups. Given that the fund pools from undergraduate tuition, all events requested through the Programming Fund must be accessible, open, and free to all Duke undergraduates and centered around line items directly relating to undergraduate students. We accept applications for all types and sizes of student-sponsored events, including line items such as food, honorariums, set-up, technical fees, etc. for events. All student groups are encouraged to apply. Applications instructions can be found below.
How To Apply
1. Please go to this link: http://cglink.me/s24355
2. Begin filling out the survey questions about your group and the event.
3. Once you get to the end of the form, it will ask for you to upload the Excel sheet for line items. Please use this form
(parts of the form are blocked because they auto-calculate).
4.Once you submit the DukeGroups Programming Request survey, please submit the form and you will receive confirmation of your submission.
5.SOFC will email you by the following Sunday with the schedule for the SOFC hearing you need to attend.
Important note: SOFC no longer uses the email submission model. Any excel sheets emailed to the former email address will not be considered by SOFC. SOFC meetings are Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Griffith Board Room. Applications are due at 12:00pm on the Sunday before the coming week’s meeting.
If SOFC’s recommendation is $1500 or less, you will receive your funds within the week. If the recommendation is greater than $1500, this would have to be approved by the DSG Senate and you may need to wait a few more days for confirmation. Funds are usually transferred the day following that week’s DSG Senate meeting.
If you have any questions please email the SOFC Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All DSG (Duke Student Government) recognized and chartered groups are eligible to apply for SOFC programming funding. To apply to be a DSG group, please see the New Groups section.
Deadlines for Applying
SOFC has weekly hearings on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. in the ground floor of the Griffith Board Room. The deadline for the Tuesday night hearing is the previous Sunday at 12 p.m.
All SOFC programming requests less than $1500 must be submitted such that the SOFC hearing is at least 7 days prior to the date of the event.
All SOFC programming requests between $1500 - $3000 must be submitted such that the SOFC hearing is at least 14 days prior to the date of the event.
All SOFC programming requests greater than $3000 must be submitted such that the SOFC hearing is at least 21 days prior to the date of the event.
SOFC cannot guarantee funding for events that fail to meet these deadlines.
Quick Things SOFC Does Not Fund!
Events that are not free and open to all undergraduates
Events or line items for non-Duke undergraduates
General body meetings or closed group events
T-shirts, stickers, merch, prizes or any other giveaways
Alcohol or alcohol-related items
Long term, non disposable capital expenditures
Note on openness of events
SOFC can only fund events that are free and open to all Duke undergraduate students. Student organizations can plan events that are targeted at specific subsections of the student population or capped on numbers, but all Duke undergraduates must be able to access information about the event and feel welcomed.
In order to measure openness, student organizations must post their advertising in All Duke and the Class Facebook pages and/or publicize on a campus-wide email blast (SOFC blast, DSG blast, Vice Provost Bennett’s Blast, etc.).
If events are not publicized through said forms of open advertising, SOFC will not fund the event.
Note on off-campus venues
SOFC prioritizes the funding of on-campus events over off-campus venues or events. If you choose to have an event at an off-campus venue, you must provide rationale for the venue and provide a transportation plan.
SOFC will not fund events off campus anytime after 7pm (including after parties for off-campus events).
note on outside contracts and honorariums
SOFC will work with student groups to fund quoted honorariums for outside speakers and performers. Student groups are not allowed to offer outside performers/speakers compensation, but if the outside speaker/performer directly requests compensation, student groups can request funding through SOFC.
Student groups must present SOFC with documentation of the requested amount from the outside speaker. If SOFC votes to fund the contract, the student group must work with UCAE to process the contract. Information about the UCAE contract policy can be found here: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/ucae/finance/student-organization-finance
note on fundraising and suggested donation
SOFC will only subsidize fundraising efforts that follow the suggested donation policy in order to comply with our overarching mission of funding free and open events for all Duke undergraduates. In order to fundraise through the suggested donation policy, student groups can not require payment from students but can recommend a suggested donation. Student groups can not list or advertize a specific amount for the suggested donation.
Suggested donations cannot be asked for at point of sale/distribution; must be asked for at event only.
Complaints about heckling may be reported to SOFC and funding may be revoked for future events
SOFC will only fund food for undergraduate students.
SOFC will fund pizza at a rate of $2.50 / person.
For all events where dinner is the central purpose of the event, SOFC will fund $7 / person. An explanation must be given at the hearing for why dinner is the central purpose of the event.
For all events where lunch is the central purpose of the event, SOFC will fund $5 / person. An explanation must be given at the hearing for why lunch is the central purpose of the event.
For all events where dinner is supplementary to the purpose of the event, SOFC will fund $5 / person.
For all events where lunch is supplementary to the purpose of the event, SOFC will fund $3 / person.
SOFC will fund events involving snacks / refreshments at a rate of $2 / person.
funding for service events
Duke’s Student Organization Finance Committee (SOFC), Partnership for Service Organization (dPS), and Durham and Community Affairs Office (DCA) are excited to provide supplementary funding and community engagement resources to student organizations planning service programs and events!
Groups must apply to SOFC a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of the event or activity date (3 weeks preferred) to be eligible.
Questions or want to learn more?
Feel free to reach to Drew Flanagan (Vice-Chair for Programming & Financial Innovation, email@example.com) or Anna Jiang (Vice-Chair for Service Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org)