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Processes and Funding Model

Processes and Funding Model

Project Leaders

Project Leaders are the two people who have submitted the preliminary proposal and accepted the responsibility for the organization and leadership of a civic engagement trip. It is required that a team has two Project Leaders. 

Healthy teams work together and share a vision, responsibilities, and leadership roles. Teams have autonomy in terms of how they want to organize themselves. For example, teams may choose to use a horizontal organizational structure that uses consensus decision-making. Regardless, a team must designate two Project Leaders that assume responsibility for working with the ABP to ensure the success of the team.

Project Leader Responsibilities

We’re excited that you’re interested in organizing and leading a civic engagement project with the ABP! It could potentially be a life-changing experience for you, your team, the community with which you will work and even the communities of which you are a part.

Organizing and running an ABP trip, however, is a lot of work and responsibility. Below is a list of what is expected of you as a Project Leader.

As the group’s organizer and leader, you will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the group follows all ABP policies and procedures, including adhering to deadlines and attending trainings
  • Recruiting and developing your team
  • Establishing and completing your team’s goals for the trip
  • Working with the sponsor organization
  • Building and adhering to a budget
  • Securing the funding required for the trip

ABP Student Advisory Board

The ABP is a student-led and administrator-managed program. The students who lead the program make up the ABP Advisory Board.

The Board is made up of six Columbia University students from the various schools, two of whom, the Co-Chairs, play primary leadership roles for the ABP. The Board works with the trip leaders to develop their civic engagement trips and review and evaluate trip proposals and recommend various levels of funding to the ABP Administrators.

The ABP Administrator and Co-Chairs operate the program so that students – board members, team leaders, trip participants – learn about, and strive to practice, the Student Engagement Civic Competencies. They ensure that the ABP is a living laboratory for the 5 Pathways to Service, fostering the idea that we all have a responsibility to our various communities and that those who seek to serve think through and employ the form(s) of civic engagement that will best address a particular community challenge.

The Administrator and Co-Chairs are committed to a strong student-leadership development model that fosters student creativity, independence, responsibility, program ownership and the cultivation of a healthy program culture. This model encourages enthusiastic, conscientious and humble service, where the students work with and learn from the individuals and communities they seek to serve. Lastly, they must ensure that the program operates in a way that keeps the safety of all involved at its center.

You can reach the Co-Chairs directly via email

Funding Model

ABP funds may be applied to team travel expenses such as food, lodging, in-country transportation, and airline tickets. The ABP supports its teams by awarding matching grants. This means that the ABP will give teams a dollar for every dollar it raises, up to the specified grant amount.

The ABP determines an appropriate grant amount based on budgetary considerations and how well the trip fits into the ABP mission, which is reflected in the 5 Pathways to Service.

Teams from recognized student groups need written confirmation from their group's president that the team can use the group's account to deposit funds into and spend funds out of. In so doing, the president is acknowledging that the group is taking financial responsibility for the team's actions.

Nonrefundable deposits must be submitted to the ABP (or, if you're a recognized student group, deposited into your student group account) by each team member once accepted into the program. The deposit amounts are proportional to the team's logistical budget. The ABP will match team deposits immediately, and will be put towards the team's overall fundraising goal.

Estimated Team Logistical Budget ($)Deposit Amount Per Person
0.00 - 4,999.00$100.00
5,000.00 - 9,999.00$150.00
10,000 and up$200.00



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