It’s been five years since a few passionate Toledoans came together to form an organization that raises funds for local initiatives benefitting Toledo and its surrounding communities. Since 2002, Toledo SOUP has hosted 11 crowdfunding events and raised nearly $15,000 in microgrants to support community improvement projects envisioned by local individuals and organizations.
Today, we’re accepting proposals for our 12th event, scheduled for May 21, 2017 at Hensville in the Warehouse District of Downtown Toledo.
Anyone is eligible to submit a proposal for this event, including activists, artists, organizations, theatres, small business owners, and big dreamers. Proposals can be submitted here. We’ll host a workshop in mid-April for those interested in submitting a proposal but are unsure of how to get started.
All proposals submitted by the May 1st deadline will be reviewed by an independent judges panel that will select up to four presenters to share their ideas at the event. The winning proposal will be determined by a majority vote of the event attendees. Proposals submitted after the deadline will be considered for the next event.
Donations from event attendees fund the winning project (determined by popular vote). The organization also hosts a raffle and a bake sale to raise additional funds throughout the evening.
Though we’ve been at this for a few years now, the committee is still “amazed and humbled by the outpouring of support it continues to see from area residents,” says Jessica Miller, Marketing Chair of Toledo SOUP.
Miller added that the organization is “honored to be a catalyst for grassroots change” by regularly bringing community members together to support and fund “seemingly small projects that have a big impact in our region.”
Lyndsey Stough, Event Chair of Toledo SOUP said the organization is “incredibly grateful to the business owners, regional brands and community leaders that have supported Toledo SOUP over the last five years by contributing to our raffle and bake sale, providing soup, bread and beverages, serving as judges and offering corporate sponsorship in support of our mission.”
Businesses, individuals and organizations interested in supporting the Toledo SOUP mission are encouraged to contact the organization via email at ToledoSoup@gmail.com or visit ToledoSoup.org/sponsorship-opportunities for more information.
About Toledo SOUP
Toledo SOUP is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that hosts crowdfunding events to provide microgrants for local community improvement initiatives. Event attendees pay a $5 donation and hear several proposals while enjoying soup from local chefs. The crowd votes, and the presenter with the most votes is awarded the funds raised through admission donations. Since its inception, Toledo SOUP has raised nearly $15,000 to support local initiatives.
Let’s grab a drink, munch on a snack, and talk about SOUP.
Planning is underway for our Spring Social and we welcome friends, active members, and curious newbies to join in and shape the future of SOUP. Whether you’re around 10 minutes or decide to volunteer we’d love to meet you and hear your ideas!
The next SOUP might be months away (May 21st!), BUT proposals are open *now.*
Wondering if your idea or project qualifies? Ask: Does this, in any way, benefit the Toledo community? If the answer is “yes,” apply! If you’re not sure, apply!
Here are some things SOUP funds could be used for:
– any type of art project
– bringing in guest speakers
– planting a community garden
– hosting a neighborhood/community event
– providing tutoring for children
– after-school activities
– renovations to a building
– new oven for your bakery
– expanding your business
– jump-starting a business
– putting together kits or other needed items for homeless persons
– starting a local organization
– rent payments for your business
– photo projects
– video projects
– publishing projects
– putting on a play or other performance act
– buying gear to start a podcast
Anything qualifies so long as it can, in some way, positively add to Toledo. We can’t wait to see what brilliant ideas y’all have.
Apply at toledosoup.com/submit-a-proposal.
Last night’s Falling for Soup event at the Collingwood Arts Center’s Underground Theatre was AMAZING.
Nearly 100 people came out to hear four incredible presentations and dine on soup provided by local chefs. We raised $813 through entry fees, raffle ticket sales and the bake sale, all of which went to the evening’s winner Soul City Boxing & Wrestling Gym. They’ll use the funds they received to help with cover travel expenses for taking a team of eight athletes to the Elite, Youth and Junior National Championships in Kansas City, Missouri later this year.
This is the second time the Soup audience has selected Soul City as a microgrant recipient, and, in true community fashion, they shared $150 of their grant with the other evening’s presenters: Morgan Fitzgibbons’ Post-It mural project, Joseph Peterson’s “Family Feud” community-building event at Scott High School, and Jerrod Witt’s AudiblEye app that helps the visually impaired navigate unfamiliar spaces.
We encourage those who are interested in further supporting these projects to contact the organizers directly.
To the Collingwood Arts Center team, — including Lexi, Ali and Pat, who helped set up the space, arrange the lighting and run the sound.
To the chefs who generously donated delicious soups:
To all the fantastic local businesses and people who contributed to the raffle:
To Maddie & Bella for the yummy coffee.
To our Emcees, Meaghan Mick and Eric Chase of 92.5 KISS FM for their energetic hosting. (You’re in for the next one, right?!)
To Ric Armentrout & Live On Location Productions for shooting the event! (We can’t wait to see the footage!)
To Mel Prior and her TSA students for all their help decorating!
And last, but certainly not least, to our incredible volunteer committee. Without all of your heart and hard work, this wouldn’t be possible.
We’ve cooked up another great SOUP event, so mark your calendars and tell all your friends.
Join us at 5:00pm on Sunday, September 18th at the Collingwood Arts Center’s Underground Theatre to enjoy some tasty soup from local chefs, hear presentations on several awesome community projects, and help us raise some moolah to fund one of them!
Tracy from Chef Tracy 419 will be making a ginger-squash soup that’s dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian!
Do you have a great idea and need a little seed money to get it off that napkin and into the history books? Does your organization need supplementary funding to carry out your mission? Would you like to make beautiful art and share it with the community?
The deadline for submissions is August 29, 2016. Once we have everyone’s awesome ideas, we’ll run them by a committee of impartial judges, who will select three or four submissions to be presented at the September 18th Falling for Soup event at the Collingwood Arts Center.
You know the drill:
1. Put $5 in the basket at the door.
2. Eat soup made by local chefs and listen to project proposal presentations.
3. Vote for the project you want to win everyone’s $5s.
4. Celebrate as the winner receives the dough!
Every dollar raised at the event from entry donations, bake sale and raffle ticket sales will go to the winner. With your help, we will raise $750 – $1250 for a small business/arts/entrepreneurial/social good project voted on by YOU, all during dinner!
If you’d like to volunteer to work the event, donate soup, bread, salad raffle items or baked goods, email us at ToledoSoup@gmail.com. You’ll have the eternal thanks of our grateful, soupy hearts.