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HOW SOUP DINNERS WORK

$5 gets you soup, salad, bread* and a vote.

*Please note that SOUP is a potluck-style dinner, so please bring a dish to share!

At each SOUP dinner there are four presentations on projects ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more.

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Each presenter has 4 minutes to share their idea.

Audience members can ask each presenter up to 4 questions after their presentation.

After the presentations, audience members are encouraged to discuss/debate before voting.

Audience members then vote on what project they think benefits the city/their neighborhood the most.

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Whichever presenter gets the most votes wins all the money collected at the door!

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IMPACT

As of 2016, SOUP events have raised more than $130,000 that have gone directly to community projects. Past SOUP winners have started nonprofits, local businesses, after school programs and park clean-ups.

SOUP offers a space where people can connect. The rest is up to attendees, but wonderful things can happen when people come together, and SOUP stories are evidence of that.

In SOUP’s 150+ dinners our diners have helped fund 57 projects, 48 nonprofits, and 27 for-profit enterprises. At least 33 of these projects would not have moved forward with their initiatives if it wasn’t for SOUP.

Breakdown of ideas that have received funding:

  • Art: 35
  • Land Use: 19
  • Entrepreneurism: 30
  • Social Justice: 22
  • Urban Agriculture: 20
  • Education: 42
  • Technology: 1
  • Housing: 4
  • City Services: 10

1000+ ideas have been submitted to Detroit SOUP
600+ ideas have pitched at SOUP
Over 25,000 people have attended a Detroit SOUP dinner
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countless connections

SOUP is located in 100 of the 138 sq miles of the city with our Neighborhood SOUP dinners.

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SOUP DINNERS SINCE 2010
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RAISED FOR DETROITERS BY DETROITERS