CLLCTIV SOUP is a micro-granting dinner series celebrating and supporting Black-led social change in greater Baltimore.

$10 gets you soup, salad, bread and a vote. 

To sustain our dinners, we are asking for $10 donations, $5 of which will go to the winner and $5 will go to support SOUP. 

At each SOUP dinner there are four presentations on projects ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more.

RELATIONSHIPS MOVE AT THE SPEED OF TRUST, AND SOCIAL CHANGE MOVES AT THE SPEED OF RELATIONSHIPS

SOUP is:

  • a dinner
  • An experiment in participatory micro granting, collective decision-making and resource sharing
  • A relational and intentional  hub bringing together various communities
  • A forum for a critical discussion
  • An opporutunity to support changemakers in Baltimore.

CLLCTIV SOUP is a micro-granting dinner series celebrating and supporting Black-led social change in greater Baltimore. For a donation of $10, attendees receive soup, salad, bread and a vote. They also get to hear 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 community the most. At the end of the night, the ballots are counted 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.

The only two rules of SOUP:

  1. Presenters can’t use technology to present their ideas
  2. The idea has to benefit Baltimore.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to end the fragmentation and duplication of programs, to learn from and about each other, and to be a resource for the Greater Baltimore community that seeks to find, fund and partner with Black social change organizations.

Our Values:

Asset-based Approach. We consider local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development.

#MLK2BAKER. A decentralized holistic framework for Community Empowerment rooted in shared principles. “Strong People, Don’t Need Strong Leaders.” – Ella Baker

Our Vision:

Create an ecosystem to foster collaboration, increase social impact and amplify the voices of Black-led organizations in Greater Baltimore.

Building a powerful Black-led infrastructure for social change will best ensure the changes necessary to create thriving Black communities and to dismantle anti-Black structural racism. 

Research shows that annually, approximately 95% of the $60 billion in US foundation funding goes to white-led organizations and that Black-led organizations only receive 2%.  

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