CASI-Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc.

Chili, Charity, and Fun

aka CASI   |   Diboll, TX   |
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CASI-Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc.

EIN: 74-2330479


To create and maintain a structure that promotes chili cookoff events which bridge the gap between local charitable organizations, the community and corporations." CASI sanctioned chili cookoffs 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.

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Executive Director

Mr Brian Spencer


Mrs Renee Moore

Main address

129 Memory Lane

Diboll, TX 75941 USA

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NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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CASI National Scholarship Program

CASI is proud to support something very special - a National Scholarship Program that is available for students pursuing post-high school education both in the areas of academic or trade/technical school. Student applications can be made through all of our local CASI Pods (Chapters).

CASI bestows a college scholarship to the top graduating student from Terlingua High School, with some technical school scholarships also awarded. On September 9, 2000, at the annual meeting of the Great Peppers (Pod/Chapter Presidents) held in Denver, Colorado, the Great Peppers approved a motion to enhance our scholarship program to include students from across the United States and beyond. The CASI National Scholarship Program was immediately established to assist with this endeavor.

To benefit the CASI National Scholarship Program, there is a day of competition added to our Terlingua International Chili Championship (held the first Saturday in November each year). All of the money raised on Friday of that week benefits the CASI Scholarship Program.

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CASI's Vision Statement: "Making a positive difference in someone's life with every pot of chili cooked." This vision portrays the attitude of every CASI cook as we fire up our stove to cook a pot of chili at a charity or community CASI sanctioned event.

We meet our vision by providing infrastructure to community and charity events through our sanctioning process:
- Integrity – the oldest chili event sanctioning organization,
- Experience – our referees are experienced and can teach your volunteers to be successful,
- A built in base of potential contestants and judges
- A support system – CASI had 66 Pods (chapters) throughout the USA and Canada.

What does CASI provide to a CASI Sanctioned Contest?
- Listing in the monthly Terlingua Trails event listing; no charge. Larger ads may be purchased to spotlight your event.
- A Regional or Area Referee will be assigned to your event to observe and answer questions.
- Contestant judging cup tickets are available upon request.
- Additional copies of The Terlingua Trails are available upon request.
- Hill Country Software's proprietary program for tallying scores can be downloaded.
- CASI's Proprietary uniform rules for the competition.
- All cookoff forms are available online.

Each year CASI sanctions nearly 500 chili cookoffs internationally, as qualifying events for the CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship ©, known as TICC. These sanctioned local events raise over $1,000,000 annually for the local and national charities which work with the local organizers.

This ultimate chili championship is held the first Saturday of November annually at Rancho CASI de los Chisos, near Terlingua, Texas. The CASI Championship event is a fundraiser for local Terlingua charities and organizations and also fund CASI's National Scholarship programs. CASI currently has 27 scholarship recipients enrolled in a higher education institute.


CASI-Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.80 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

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Average of 21.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

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Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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CASI-Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $45,353 -$2,297 -$321,354 $7,830 $10,943
As % of expenses 21.3% -1.0% -185.4% 4.4% 11.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $37,018 -$9,936 -$328,266 $1,044 $4,320
As % of expenses 16.7% -4.3% -182.1% 0.6% 4.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $264,494 $201,703 $186,812 $187,669 $92,016
Total revenue, % change over prior year -4.9% -23.7% -7.4% 0.5% -51.0%
Program services revenue 32.1% 36.2% 37.3% 34.1% 36.0%
Membership dues 8.1% 8.7% 9.4% 10.1% 16.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 57.2% 49.2% 45.8% 46.4% 30.2%
Other revenue 2.7% 5.9% 7.6% 9.3% 17.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $212,947 $222,059 $173,348 $179,101 $98,435
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.9% 4.3% -21.9% 3.3% -45.0%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.3% 0.3% 0.4% 0.4% 0.0%
Occupancy 1.6% 1.7% 2.3% 3.7% 1.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 21.5% 20.4% 20.6% 21.5% 42.2%
All other expenses 76.6% 77.6% 76.7% 74.4% 56.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $221,282 $229,698 $180,260 $185,887 $105,058
One month of savings $17,746 $18,505 $14,446 $14,925 $8,203
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $224,723 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $239,028 $248,203 $419,429 $200,812 $113,261

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 21.6 19.6 26.1 25.8 47.4
Months of cash and investments 21.6 19.6 26.1 25.8 47.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.0 5.6 -15.1 6.1 12.4
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $383,207 $362,851 $376,315 $384,883 $388,680
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $345,511 $345,511 $345,511 $345,511 $345,511
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 32.7% 35.0% 37.0% 38.9% 40.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.7%
Unrestricted net assets $338,202 $328,266 $0 $301,868 $306,188
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $282,737 $264,678 $298,672 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $282,737 $264,678 $298,672 $299,410 $282,048
Total net assets $620,939 $592,944 $0 $601,278 $588,236

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Mr Brian Spencer


Renee Moore

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

CASI-Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/02/2023
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Board chair

Mrs. Renee Moore

CASI-Chili Appreciation Society International

Term: 2021 - 2023

Nancy Hewlett

Mike Whitten

James Burns

Brian Spencer

John Pierce

Tiffany Messier

Kathryn Cavender

Steve Herries

Michael Mayorga

Melissa Pate

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/12/2022

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