Columbus SOUP is setting out to change how the Capital City thinks about philanthropy.
We harness our city’s strong community spirit to create events that connect people with local projects in need of grassroots funding. We encourage ideas, networking, and volunteerism to foster opportunities for community members to pool their own resources and invest in Columbus.
We live in a city that embraces good ideas, and Columbus SOUP provides a platform to share those ideas at the ground level and make connections that matter. Through quarterly community events, local organizations gain needed funding by presenting their ideas for creating positive change in our city. Attendees at our events pay a $7 minimum donation for dinner and a vote. Cash donations are combined to create a micro-grant, and everyone at the event votes for which of the projects wins the grant.
It’s a simple concept, but it can have a big impact.
Call it a kickstarter, call it crowdfunding, call it a giving circle—we it call Columbus SOUP.
It began when one of our founding members visited Detroit and heard about their Soup program, Detroit SOUP. Then, she told a friend, who told a friend, and so on. The next thing you know, a small group met over tea and decided to start Columbus SOUP.
Columbus SOUP’s board members have diverse backgrounds, and we each took a different path that led us to Columbus. But we all have something in common: a love of the city and a passion for our community.
We didn’t reinvent the wheel here. Sunday Soup is a worldwide network of communities who follow a loose grassroots model for generating independent funding for local creative projects. Each community has a unique way of operating, but they all have the same goal.
Columbus SOUP redefines philanthropy by creating dynamic and democratic spaces for community engagement, participation, and investment, through crowd-funding events and projects.