Join The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce on April 15, 2018, to participate in Queens SOUP, a crowd-funded micro-granting community dinner organized by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Inspired by Detroit SOUP, the Chamber has helped raise $1,000 every year for neighborhood improvement projects since 2016. This spring, the program is expanding to fund projects from all over the borough.
When: April 15, 2018,
Where: Flushing Meeting House
137-16 Northern Blvd
Flushing NY 11354
Queens SOUP provides an opportunity for any community project based in Queens to win and get no-strings-attached money from this in-person crowdfunding event. Projects can focus on arts and culture, civil rights, small business assistance, children’s programming, neighborhood beautification, environmental remediation, and more. Four projects will be chosen to present their plans during Queens SOUP.
How can you get involved?
The Chamber is seeking various levels of sponsorship and community partnership for Queens SOUP — matching funds; in-kind donations of food, supplies, or giveaway and raffle items; volunteers during the event; or participating vendors at the SOUP “Marketplace.” Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about sponsorship and vending opportunities.
SOUP is a community potluck dinner, originating in Detroit, that provides seed funding and promotional opportunities to help launch local projects bringing positive impacts to their community. SOUP events have taken place all over the country — increasing innovative, grassroots economic development and civic engagement.
For a $5 donation, attendees gain access to a potluck dinner where they eat, learn, and vote for one of four projects they think will have the most significant effect on our community. At the end of SOUP, ballots are counted, and the money collected at the door is awarded to the project with the most votes. SOUP acts as an unique networking event, connecting projects with potential community partners and volunteers regardless of whether or not they win the cash prize.
Inspired by Detroit SOUP, the Queens SOUP uses the same crowd-sourced community-dinner model to provide small grants to community projects and civic initiatives in north-east Queens. A $5 donation gets you into a pot-luck dinner where four local community groups pitch their plan to improve the Greater Flushing area. At the end of the presentations, attendees vote for their favorite initiative. The project with the most votes wins all the money raised at the door. Regardless of who wins the cash prize, SOUP acts as an innovative networking event, connecting projects with potential community partners and volunteers.
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is a membership association fostering economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity through advocacy, networking, and education. The Chamber has expanded economic opportunities for our community by securing greater investment in Flushing’s infrastructure and launching innovative markets, business expos, and the Flushing Fantastic district marketing campaign.