Citywide SOUP: June 5

Have an idea? Proposals due: May 29 (Submit here.)


Join us for the last Citywide SOUP before a summer break!

Join us for a public potluck dinner! 

  • Pay suggested donation of $5. 
  • Learn about creative projects happening in Detroit.
  • Vote on which project to fund with the money raised from the dinner.

Doors at 5p (NOTE: Time change to an hour earlier!)

Proposals at 6p

Dinner around 7p

Winners announced before 8p

SOUP is a potluck style dinner. Bring some food to pass if you would like. It doesn't have to be crazy, but consider that there are 150-200 people who come to the dinner. Anything from soup, salad, dessert, to your favorite meal. Remember that you get 60 seconds to share about ANYTHING you are working on in the city. 

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For updates and info, RSVP on Facebook.

Want to help us share the Citywide dinner?

Download a flyer and proposal form here: PDF
Download a social media graphic here: JPEG

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Want to contribute food?
Get 60 seconds to share your passion.

We want to encourage diners to contribute to SOUP by sharing their favorite dish. You can bring soup, salad, bread, desserts - whatever! In return, you get 60 seconds to talk about the audience about your passion, idea, event - anything you want.

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Upcoming Neighborhood SOUPs:

SOUP at Spaulding: June 12 @ 4pm 
Details | Flyer | Social Graphic)

East Jefferson SOUP: June 22 @6pm 
Details | Facebook | Flyer | Social Graphic)

We would love to have you join us at an upcoming neighborhood SOUP. Please,
stay connected on our website.


April Citywide SOUP Winner: 
Seven Mile Music

Seven Mile Music is a student-driven initiative to bring music and arts education back to Detroit Public Schools. They provide free, weekly music and art lessons to K-12 youth in northwestern Detroit.

Their project won Brightmoor SOUP, and then they went on to win Citywide SOUPlast month. Summer in the City Arts Camp is a two-month summer camp based on their mission at the City Community Center in Brightmoor. Through the camp, local K-12 kids can take free music and art lessons Monday through Friday. The camp ends with a performance to showcase the students' new skills to their parents and to community members.

Detroit Entrepreneur Week SOUP Winner: 
Detroit Horse Power

Detroit SOUP partnered with Build Institute to present Detroit Entrepreneur WeekSOUP. The evening consisted of a curated meal by Peace Meal Kitchen and featured four Detroit small businesses: Detroit EntoDetroit SipEverything Detroit, and Detroit Horse Power.

After hearing 4-minute presentations from each business, the diners voted. Each presenter went home with some funding due to Comcast's generous sponsorship. The grand prize winner, Detroit Horse Power, received $2500 and the funds from ticket sales to put toward their project.

Detroit Horse Power uniquely addresses three persistent challenges in Detroit: the shortage of opportunities for youth, abundant vacant land, and the regional divide between the city and its suburbs. Their proposed urban riding center will transform the burden of a 20-acre parcel of land into a community asset, bringing needed attention and investment to hard-hit neighborhoods. Offering equestrian services will give regional horse lovers a new way to pursue their passion and make new connections with Detroit and its residents. The earned revenue from this social enterprise will create a base budget for their youth programs, which will be augmented by philanthropic support to develop social-emotional growth in participating youth to set them up for academic and career success.

Working with city government and neighborhood organizations, they are attempting to identify the best location for their permanent home. Having the support of local residents is essential to success and they will use the SOUP grant funding to pursue community engagement around the site they are most focused on, located in northwest Detroit. Their conversations with block club leaders and a local church have informed their decision to move forward with understanding how residents around this site feel about including horses as part of their community's future. Funds would be used for a community organizer's salary, printing materials to distribute door-to-door and in block club meetings, reserving space for town hall meetings, and providing refreshments to attendees. This is an essential step towards their goal of using the power of horses to impact the lives of kids, a community, and the city of Detroit.

Find photos from the evening here.

Do you want to help SOUP keep doing the work we're doing in Detroit and its neighborhoods?

Please, consider donating to our cause.


Detroit SOUP on the Web:

The Source: Students explore dream jobs at UCS Career Focus Luncheon featuring Amy Kaherl
EP016 of Innovation for Development: How Detroit Soup is Helping Transform a City with Amy Kaherl
Breakout: How one of Detroit's top social entrepreneurs practices the soulful capitalism of staying put
Comcast Interview with Amy Kaherl
Ethos Paper: SOUP is a growing global network of informal philanthropy, dedicated to funding interesting and creative ideas, through a fun micro-granting format

Want to join the SOUP team?
We're looking for a summer intern!

Find the internship description here, we look forward to hearing from you!



We are always getting questions about how people can be more involved with Detroit SOUP. The best way is to connect with your neighborhood SOUP and work directly with them. Contact us if you're interested in learning more at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Detroit SOUP
2900 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202