ONE Omaha and friends will host the first installment of Omaha SOUP – a fundraising competition for community improvement projects – Oct. 17 at the Hot Shops Art Center.
During the competition, a select group of neighborhood advocates will make Shark Tank-style pitches for community improvement projects.
Attendees will make a donation at the door, which gives them access to soup, sides, drinks and a voting ballot. After listening to the pitches, they will vote for their favorite project. The three projects that receive the most votes will receive a tiered percentage of funds raised that evening to help with implementation.
Here’s the thing – you can’t get selected to make a pitch if you haven’t submitted a short project proposal. The deadline is Sunday, Sept. 10, so get busy. It should include:
- A project summary
- An estimated total project cost
- An implementation plan and who is responsible for it
- A plan for measuring community buy-in
- A statement outlining how the project will benefit your community
A committee will review the project proposals, and those selected to present will be notified by Sept. 17. All proposals are encouraged to use ioby.org/Omaha to make the projects available for crowdfunding.
The Oct. 17 event will feature a networking session, project presentations and the awards announcement. The presenters will also hear feedback from a guest panel of community leaders, which will choose one project to win the “Panel’s Selection.”
Following the presentations, there will be a short intermission while the votes are tallied, then the winners will be announced. The amount of funding will be determined by event attendance. Attendees will also be encouraged to further support the projects’ IOBY crowdfunding campaigns.