The Chili Appreciation Society International is a non-profit organization whose mission is raising funds for charitable organizations, and for the advancement and public education about the food known as "CHILI".  This is accomplished through competitive chili cooking events held throughout the US and in several foreign countries.  Check out chili.org for more info.

Over 500 CASI-sanctioned qualifying cookoffs are held each year, leading up to the Terlingua International Chili Championship.