CASI is chili for a great cause!
The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, has as its mission to create and maintain a structure that promotes chili cook-off events which bridge the gap between local charitable organizations, the community and corporations.
CASI-sanctioned chili cook-offs are intended to bring local communities and competitive chili cooks together to raise awareness of chili and raise funds for the local charities, while supporting the community with wholesome, enriched competitive cooking events.
The group’s motto, “Chili, Charity, and Fun,” describes the theme of their cook-offs and the positive environment the events create. Resoundingly successful in accomplishing their mission, since being founded in 1983 CASI has generated and donated more than $30 million to local charities.
CASI is governed by a diverse volunteer board of directors elected by local affiliate pods nationally and internationally. The Board of Directors governs in accordance with state and federal regulation.
The board manages the day-to-day business operations, preserves rules and procedures for competitive cookoffs, oversees the sanctioning of local cookoffs nationally and internationally, hosts the annual CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship cookoff, manages charitable donation initiatives and administers a national scholarship program.