SGA Action Fund provides much needed moolah to organizations
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 16:10
The Action Fund committee met on Sept. 18 for the first Action Fund Hearing of the year. The results of the Action Fund disbursement were announced a few days later on the Student Government Association bulletin board outside of the SGA office.
Student organization representatives headed straight for the board to see if their organization was going to receive funds from the Action Fund.
One such student was Carter Weston, treasurer of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers.
“I was appointed to head up the action fund process and we were looking forward to the funds for our Human Powered Vehicle team that will be competing nationally in Orlando sometime next spring,” Weston said.
The organization is a relatively new organization, about two years old, and has been slow to develop this year, Weston said.
Fallon Mauldin, Action Fund Commissioner, said there is a specific process the committee goes through when determining how action fund is distributed.
“Money is allotted to SGA to distribute to other organizations at ASU who will impact the university in a positive light,” Mauldin said.
“The board follows all of the guidelines that are stated in the applications and other additional rules that the Action Fund committee re-establishes every year.”
The committee, along with Mauldin, includes Stevie Overby, Brooks Jones, Jonathan Williams, Amber Ray, and Logan Mustain.
The ASME organization hoped to get funds for the HPV project from local businesses by selling advertisements and logos that will be put on the vehicle itself and the selling of T-shirts.
The organization applied for action fund and requested $800 for tailgate and T-Shirts.
The ASME organization was one out of two groups who did not receive any funds. There were 30 organizations that applied total.
“It should go without saying that I was disappointed and frankly shocked at the results, especially since we were asking much less than what others had asked for,” Weston said.
The board follows all of the guidelines stated in the applications and other additional rules that the Action Fund committee re-establishes every year, Fallon said.
“For example, this year the committee will not be funding T-shirts, tailgates, etc.,” Mauldin said.
“(ASME) asked for funding of items which had been decided ahead of time that Action Fund would not be funding; travel, tailgating, T-shirts. We encourage these organizations to find other projects and come back to another hearing.”
The organization that received the most disbursement was the ASU Up ’Til Dawn with $1,477 for “Stay Up for Good Event” supplies. They were also the organization with the highest request amount of $3,481.
“Up ‘Till Dawn fundraises a significant amount of money for St. Jude every year, usually around $30,000, and could not be successful without help from Action Fund,” Mauldin said.
The next Action Fund Hearing will be Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. in the Reng Student Union Board Room. The application deadline Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. in the SGA office.