Visalia SOUP is a community-based crowdfunding dinner. The idea, modeled after the program in Detroit, Michigan, is a way to promote community-based development through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration, democracy, trust and fun. To attend, a recommended donation of $5 gets you entry into the event, soup, bread and a vote. Attendees will hear from four presenters, who have four minutes to describe their idea to the group (without the use of technology), and will answer four questions from the audience. During the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. At the end of the night, the ballots are counted, and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners come back to a future SOUP dinner to report their project’s progress. Check back soon for details about when our next SOUP event is taking place.
Submit a Proposal
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.
Past Visalia SOUP Winners
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.