PhilaSoup is a non-profit that provides micro-grants (up to $599) to teachers in Philadelphia schools to fund classroom projects that enhance the learning experience of their students. We do this by hosting quarterly soups, where we invite the community to come together, share a meal and listen to three to four teachers present their ideas in need of funding. The attendees at the soup vote on which project they like best, and the winner receives the largest portion of the grant, but each teacher walks away with some funding! Grants are funded by ticket sales to the soup, with a matching donation from PhilaSoup. Since 2012, PhilaSoup has hosted over 30 events and granted over $30,000.
We are currently seeking individuals to join our team who can help us with Strategic Planning & visioning.
As an organization, we are currently in our adolescence; we have spent the past four years incorporating as a nonprofit; firming up our systems and processes; stabilizing and building our bank accounts; and working to solidify our programming. We are now at a place in our growth where we are asking questions about how we can most thoughtfully and impactfully fulfill our mission. We are actively engaging in challenging and necessary discussions around how we can be an organization that convenes a diverse community at our events that is reflective of the students and teachers we serve, and how our board itself can be more representative of a variety of perspectives, opinions, experiences, identities, and values. We are challenging ourselves to think deeply about how we do what we do; this is sometimes a messy process, and always a thought-provoking one. We hope to bring new members onto our team who find these questions exciting & meaningful; who understand that asking questions is a necessary part of an organization’s growth; and who wish to help us steer PhilaSoup in the right direction, so we can be the most inclusive and impactful organization possible.
Our board is currently comprised mostly (not exclusively, but largely) of white, Center City, millennial women - and while our team brings great assets to our work, we also acknowledge that the homogeneity of our board is problematic for a variety of reasons. We aim to convene diverse communities at our events who share a love for teachers, and we also seek to understand the complicated and various ways in which we can best meet the needs of Philadelphia educators. We need different voices, perspectives, experiences, relationships, values, and identities at our table in order to do this work as powerfully as we want to. We therefore are seeking board candidates who will be bringing these qualities to our team.
- Strategic Planning
- Relationship Building
- Critical Thinking
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 19
- Orientation or Training
- meetings once a month for two hours in the evening
- some time outside of meetings may be required