Chapter operations are the executive functions that keep your chapter running -- things like budgets, event planning, and project management. Often these duties are carried out by members of chapter executive boards. For example, a treasurer would be responsible for submitting and managing a chapter budget in conjunction with university departments.
Effective chapter operations lead to effective chapters. Executive boards that are strategic in their event planning, budgets, and management (of people and projects) often create the strongest chapters.
Schools differ in the way they allocate funds for student organizations. You should make sure to find out information about your school. (This is not an exhaustive list, but a place to start).
Deadlines and requirements for submitting a budget.
The format in which your university wants your budget request.
How to request the money you’re allocated.
MEETINIGS AND EVENTS
It’s important to have goals and plans for meetings and events in advance. Thinking in advance about meetings allows you to:
Roosevelt has information to help you accomplish all of these.
Check out the Roosevelt Fundraising Guide. Fundraising can be helpful for policy projects or specific chapter initiatives, but it can also help you secure general funding for your chapter.
Roosevelt supports crowdfunding through the platform Classy, but your school or local businesses may also provide opportunities to fundraise. For example, Roosevelt @ Mason sold Yankee Candles this year where a percentage of their sales were given back to the chapter.
Here is an example Trello board that National Staff created to plan Hyde Park. You can see the different lanes that track tasks still left to do, tasks that are in motion, and tasks that are completed. For help starting to use Trello for your chapter, reach out to your regional teams.