The SOUP is a community-based crowdfunding dinner. Visalia SOUP is modeled after Detroit SOUP, which began as a way to promote community-based development through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration, democracy, trust and fun.
Our next event will be held on April 9, 2019. Check back for more details.
How Does Visalia SOUP Work?
A recommended donation of $5 gets you entry into the event, soup, bread and a vote. You will hear from four presenters, who have four minutes to describe their idea to the group (no technology allowed), and will answer four questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy music and vote on the project they think is most deserving. At the end of the night, we count the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project.
April 2018 SOUP
Ashley Jaramillo went home with over $1,000 to help fund her idea, Formal Attire Ready (FAR) Project. FAR helps provide kids in foster care with formal attire for dances, interviews, graduations and other special occassions. A big shout out goes to our other presenters, who also had amazing ideas: Elys, Happy Rooms and Visalia Friendship House.
October 2017 SOUP
Lety Chavez, with Hood Outreach Ministry was our winner. She visits homeless, youth, and the elderly in the Oval Park every week, providing them with hygiene items, snacks, food, socks, and prayer and connects them to resources to help them get off the streets. Thank you to our three other presenters: Kalifornia Kisses, Best Foot Forward and Foster Youth Transition Success Initiative.
March 2017 SOUP
Congratulations to our winner, Greg Morentin who won the pot of money to further his idea: Martial Arts for Kids with Autism and Special Needs! Also, thank you to our three other presenters, who had equally great and impactful ideas for the Visalia community: Every Second Counts, Cali Crave Vending and Imagine Rock School.
Submit a Proposal
Our next event will be held on April 9, 2019. While the location is still TBD, feel free to submit your proposal anytime!
Do you have a new business idea? Do you want to start a new non-profit? A community event? A new idea that might help our community? Submit a proposal! It’s quick and it can earn you some cash to get your idea up and running.