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Cardinal Commitment Support provides resources to individual students making a Cardinal Commitment, and student organizations who are directly supporting students making a Cardinal Commitment. 

Student organization needs to register with Cardinal Commitment in order to access Cardinal Commitment Support. 

Cardinal Commitment Support

Please use this form to request acess to any of the support resources listed below. 

Space in the Haas Center

The Haas Center has meeting/progamming and storgage spaces available for student organizations. Regular business hours for the Haas Center are Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–6:00 pm (excluding University holidays). Students can request after-hours access (see below). Contact Pete Cerneka for more information. 

Requesting Meeting/Programming Space

Student organizations can request space for meetings or small-scale programming. If Haas cannot acommodate you, there are many alternative campus meeting/programming spaces

  • Before requesting space , please review the Haas Center's space use policies and the Haas Room Schedules and Information. Student orgs who do not abide by policy can be denied use of spaces.
  • Weekly meetings need to be requested on a quarterly basis. Granting access to spaces will depend on whether the requested space is available and whether the student organization agrees to and honors the policies and expectations for using space at the Haas Center.

After-hours Building Access

Students with a legtimate and documented reason can get after-hours acess to the Haas Center. 


Individual students and registered Cardinal Commitment student organizations can receive comprehensive advising.

Working with our campus partner, OSE (formely SAL) and other offices, such as the Community Centers, Cardinal Commitment can help with all kinds of advising needs:

  • Transactional: how to organize an event, recruit new members, or secure funding. 
  • Transformational: how to do better public service, to make a greater impact, networking with experts in the field, etc.    


Cardinal Commitment provides three types of grants to support your work: General, event co-sponsorship, and transportation. Any grants must adhere to the Cardinal Commitment Funding Guidelines.

If you are experiencing a temporary financial challenge from a hardship or are seeking funds for an opportunity related to your academic, professional and/or social development, see the Opportunity Fund. To find more campus funding resources, check out this compiled list of campus grants!

General Grants

Small-scale funding (up to $2,000) on a rolling basis to support your public service work. Students actively making a  Cardinal Commitment are eligible. Registered Cardinal Commitment student organizations can request funding as long as the funding is supporting students making a Cardinal Commitment. For OSE/ASSU-recognized student organization the funding must be for things not covered by ASSU or The Stanford FundContact Pete Cerneka for more information.

For larger funding needs, individual undergraduates making a Cardinal Commitment can request funding for up to $6,500.  The deadline is Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11:59pm. Contact Eden Mekonen for more information.


Event Co-sponsorship

  • Cardinal Commitment Co-sponsorship

​Cardinal Commitment will co-sponsor one student organization event a week throughout fall, winter, and spring quarters. Co-sponsored events can get small funding (up to $500), help with publicity, and event organizing. Contact Pete Cerneka to request support or for more information. 

  • Haas Center Co-sponsorship

Meant for a more significant level of support, student organizations can request Haas Center co-sponsorship for an event that aligns with our mission: to realize a just and sustainable world through service, scholarship, and community partnerships. Co-sponsored events can get funding, help with publicity, and event organizing. 

Requests must be made a minimum of 30 days in advance. For events with significant funding needs, requests should be made a year in advance. Contact the Haas Outreach Team for more information.


Public transportation is funded through personal reimbursements.

If Uber fund request is accepted, you will receive an email from Click "get started" and enter information associated with your personal Uber account (if you don't have an Uber account, click "Create New Account"). Once linked and you're ready to book a ride, toggle to "Haas Center for Public Service" payment method before confirming ride (you will pay for any tip you give the driver). 

If Zipcar fund request is accepted, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for an account. If you are new to Zipcar, there is typically a 3-7 day wait until Zipcar approves you as a driver (if you've already driven with Zipcar before, you can start driving immediately). Once you are approved, you can reserve cars for the times you requested in the grant. 

Contact Pete Cerneka for more information.


Workshops & Custom Trainings


Explore new forms of service, reflect on your experiences, discuss critical issues in public service, and build skills to serve more ethically and effectively. Examples of workshop topics:

  • Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service
  • Working with Minors
  • How to Start a Nonprofit
  • Scaling Social Impact
  • Choosing a Medical Relief Trip
  • Write a Thesis, Change the World

For up-to-date news on workshops, check out the Haas Center calendar and sign up for the weekly Cardinal Service Digest

Custom Trainings

The Haas Center can work with registered student organizations to develop trainings (minimum 10 people) that can help them better engage in their work. Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Service projects and community partnerships
  • Delegation and meeting facilitation
  • Building diverse and inclusive organizations
  • Mentoring, tutoring, and teaching youth
  • Leadership transitions
  • Reflecting on a service experience
  • Group decisions, conflict resolution, and difficult conversations
  • Uncovering your strengths
  • Developing a strategic plan
  • Measuring your impact
  • Effective lesson planning and facilitation
  • Training volunteers
  • For questions about workshops and trainings, contact Alex Bervik

Working with Minors Training

The Commitment team is responsible for running quarterly trainings on the University guidelines for appropriate behaviors when working with minors, Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting, and emergency protocols. This training is required for organizations that are planning a one-time event with youth participation, as well as for organizations that work with youth in an on-going capacity. Here, you will find informational resources, useful tools for sharing this content with other volunteers or for reviewing yourself, and a schedule of in-person trainings.

Center Resources 

Registered student organizations may request storage space to store group-related materials. Storage space is extremely limited and the spaces are not secure. Anything of significant value should be stored somewhere else. 

Using Copiers

Copiers are available for registered student organizations to use in the workrooms on the first and second floors. Click here to request a copy code for your student organization

Promotional Email Lists

The Haas Center maintains service4all, a listserv that allows anyone in the Stanford community to promote a service opportunity. 

Activity Toolkits 

Activity toolkits are available to assist you and your group in facilitating activities that help promote a sense of community, build leadership skills, and achieve goals for your organization. Contact the Haas Center advising staff if you would like to borrow one.

Office and Craft Supplies

A wide variety of office and craft supplies are available to groups in the cabinets underneath student organization mailboxes (across from the BIRC on the first floor).  Sets of colored markers, flip chart and butcher paper, poster board, stickers, felt, glue sticks, glitter, colored paper, scissors and more are also available.

If your group needs a large volume of supplies, please check with us to see if we can provide them for you. Wait to order office supplies for your group until after you check to see if we can provide them to you for free. Please contact Haas Advising if you can't find what you're looking for or need to order more.

Button Maker

Our industrial grade button maker continues to be overwhelmingly popular.  Visit the BIRC on the first floor to learn about how you can make 2.25” buttons to promote your next student group event. We have supplies for student organizations to make up to 50 buttons – if you need to make more, we’ll tell you how to get your own supplies. Contact Haas Advising to reserve the button maker.

Receiving and Sending (Snail) Mail

The Haas Center has a limited number of small mailboxes available for student organization use.  We can’t accommodate large volumes of mail; if your organization needs to receive a large volume of mail on a regular basis, P.O. boxes are available through the post office on campus and can be purchased through your ASSU account. All uses of the Haas Center address for receiving and sending mail must comply with the Haas Center Name Use policy. 


For questions related to any of the Center Resources listed above, contact Pete Cerneka