During the cold winter months, there’s just something comforting about a bowl of hot chili. Take advantage of the cold winter season and host a chili cook-off as your next fundraiser. I recently attended one it was clear that this event pulled the community together for a good cause.
Get Your Chili Cooks Lined Up
Encourage people throughout the community to enter the cook-off. Charge $20 per entry and decide on the award for “best chili”. Promote the event heavily and “spice” things up by arranging to have celebrity cooks. Perhaps a local news anchor or the mayor would enter the contest.
The more the merrier, but make sure you have plenty of room. Plan for a serving line and plenty of space to sit down and eat. Charge a flat fee or $5 for a bowl and spoon and let them eat until the chili is gone.
Add On Fundraisers
Serve up some hotdogs and chips for the kids who may not like chili. Charge accordingly per item.
Hold a bake sale that features corn bread and dessert items to go along with the chili.
Sell a variety of beverages. This is where you will really make your money. People will need something to drink after tasting all that spicy chili so have plenty of cold beverages available, especially beer, soda, and bottled water.
Hold a 50/50 raffle for those present.
If your organization isn’t equipped to run the add-on fundraisers, enlist the help from other area non-profits. Perhaps each organization would like to participate in return for some of the funds raised.
Make a Day of It
Provide some entertainment to encourage people to stick around. Have a local band play. Set up activities for the kids. Give away door prizes throughout the day. Allow people to make an afternoon or evening of it in support of your organization.