List of Funded Expenses

  • Transportation
    • Transportation to and from service sites in Durham
    • Example: paying for Ubers to and from a Habitat for Humanity build site
    • SOFC has directed all service-related transportation requests to dPS
    • Note: dPS prefers service within the Research Triangle area (Durham, Wake, Orange, and Johnston counties), but long-distance service opportunities may still be funded
  • Capital expenditures in the middle of the year
    • Equipment, materials, etc. that will be kept and stored long-term
    • Example: buying a new toolset halfway through the semester
    • SOFC programming does not fund capital expenditures, only annual budgeting does
  • Exclusive programming
    • Expenses for service-related activities that are not open to all Duke undergraduates
    • Example: buying supplies for an exclusive volunteer activity for an SLG
    • Example: general body meeting for a service group
    • SOFC programming only funds open events
    • Note: dPS still prefers that service activities be open to all Duke undergraduates, if possible
  • Conferences and educational events
    • Expenses for conferences, speaker series, and educational events
    • Example: plane tickets and hotel room bookings to send a few students to a service-related conference
    • SOFC programming only funds open events
  • Materials for community partners
    • Supplies, food, etc. for members of the community whom students are actively working with/for
    • Example: in an art enrichment service event, buying art kits for local children to use and keep
    • Example: buying small gift cards to compensate community partners who have invested a lot of time and energy into working alongside Duke students
    • Note: this does not include direct donations without meaningful engagement
    • SOFC only funds materials that directly go to Duke students
  • Philanthropic events
    • Supplies for fundraisers and philanthropic events
    • Example: buying flour and eggs for a bake sale
    • SOFC programming does fund philanthropic events, but the funding available might be limited
  • Other service-related expenses
    • If there is a funding need that is not explicitly stated here, please apply for a MiniGrant anyways. We mainly fund the above items, but we may choose to fulfill other funding requests as well. 

NOTE: Starting Fall 2021, dPS is no longer funding donations to community partners or community organizations. Donations were funded during the 2020-2021 school year purely because most service activities were shut down at the time.