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.
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.
Whichever presenter gets the most votes wins all the money collected at the door!
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
SOUP is located in 100 of the 138 sq miles of the city with our Neighborhood SOUP dinners.