Delicious Funding in Detroit

In Detroit, community soup dinners fund local creative projects

Detroit Soup raises money for creative endeavors through a monthly public dinner, where the diners also select which project to fund.

It’s no longer uncommon to see creative endeavors funded by the crowds. What is unusual about Detroit Soup’s approach, however, is that the funding — and selecting — of projects takes place via a monthly public dinner.

Those in the Detroit area who are interested in participating can simply turn up for one of Detroit Soup’s dinners on the second Sunday of the month. For USD 5 they get soup, salad, bread and pie, as well as the opportunity to hear four creative project proposals and vote for the one they think most deserves to be funded. The money raised that night — typically between USD 600 and USD 900 — is then given to the proposal that wins the most votes.

There are actually several other like-minded efforts in the Detroit area, such as The Dearborn Soup, and there is a guide to similar granting dinners around the world at Social entrepreneurs far and wide: time to get involved!


Spotted by: Kacy Florek


About C. Rae White

I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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2 Responses to Delicious Funding in Detroit

  1. This is a really brilliant idea – sounds like a lot of fun, as well as raising money to help fund creative projects!!! I love the sound of this, maybe it is something that can be applied to raising funds for charity projects in my local area, I might think about organizing something like this in my town (probably on a much smaller scale!!)

    Enjoyed reading this post, it’s a fundraising idea I’ve never come across before & all this info is greatly appreciated! Thanks, xoxo

  2. Mila says:

    This is a great idea! I hope others follow and get involved.

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