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The first Omaha Soup is happening October 17th at Hot Shops Art Center at 6pm. This may be an opportunity for you to raise funds for a neighborhood project. Below is a description of what Soup is. If you would like to submit a project to pitch at the event, please email Mike McGuire at leadership@oneomaha.org. Note: only four projects will be selected to pitch at the event. Stay up to date with Omaha Soup at facebook.com/omahasoup.

Omaha SOUP is a microgranting dinner celebrating and supporting creative community projects in Omaha. For a minimum donation of $5, attendees receive soup, salad, bread and a vote and hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. 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. Winners come back to a future SOUP dinner to report their project’s progress. Our first city-wide event is October 17th with the goal to host bi-annually. We’re also hoping to teach this model to neighborhood leaders and other community organizations in hopes to replicate the model on a smaller effort throughout the year.

A neighborhood/city/community-based crowdfunding dinner.
• 6 pre-selected projects have four minutes to share their idea and answer 6 questions from the diners.
• The projects can be about ANYTHING! No restrictions.

1 Presenters can’t use technology to present their ideas.
2 The idea has be to be about within Omaha.

Potluck-style (for our friends that don’t use that word, that means everyone is encouraged to bring
food for all to share). To attract diners, we give food-makers 60 seconds after the presentations to share
anything they are working on in the community (events, questions, projects, businesses, etc).

$5 suggested donation.
Why? SOUP wishes to eliminate barriers to participants, so some throw in $20 while others $0.20

• Empower residents
• Help create jobs
• Allow people to establish new relationships and networks
• Promote action and change
• Foster critical dialogue
• Instill neighborhood pride
• Provide a deeper understanding of democracy

The winner goes home with the money raised at the door. Attendees have engaged and participated
alongside other people who share in the desire for a better Omaha. Diners have shared resources
and ideas with all presenters. Connections have been made. Conversations have been had. People have
felt empowered.

SOUP is a place for people to gather and to feel safe. Omaha SOUP is not the granter of the funds.
Our job is to plan a dinner that creates an environment where participants can vote on what project
wins the money from door. Each individual who walks through the door is agreeing to grant the money
to the project they think is most deserving through democracy and critical conversation. We then ask
past winners to come back in a few months to share with the community what they did with the money.
That’s it.