Ultimate Chocolate Fundraiser

This idea comesform the good folk at www.fastfundraising.co.nz/. It is a chocolate extravaganza to raise funds for non-profit organizations. It’s an eat-all-you-can feast of chocolate cake, candy, pies and more!

Often a February fundraiser because of the tie between chocolate and Valentine’s Day, a chocolate pig-out can become an eagerly anticipated annual community event. It can be tailored for churches, schools and a host of non-profit organizations.

The Logistics

Organization members donate an enticing chocolate concoction. Local candy stores donate chocolate items for an auction.

The location should be downtown, with an emphasis on re-creating a dining room atmosphere. Use a dark linen tablecloth on the central table, with white paper doilies, silver serving dishes and crystal bowls. Create as centerpiece a pyramid or tiered terrace to display an assortment of delectable chocolate goodies.

In addition to distributing posters and flyers, information sheets may be passed out to local businesses suggesting a chocolate break for employees. Banks, merchants and other businesses usually welcome a chance to support fundraisers that finance charitable works.

The Ingredients

Cakes: Cakes come in diverse shapes, sizes and content, ranging from layered chocolate cakes to tortes, ladyfingers and brownies. A ring-shaped chocolate rum cake topped with cherries and powdered sugar is a show-stopper.

Pies: Variations on the basic pie shell filled with chocolate pudding include French silk pie, chocolate berry pies, Boston cream pies and richly filled chocolate pies topped with swirled white and dark chocolate icing.

Cookies: Chocolate chip cookies are an all-time favorite, but there is a long list of other chocolate cookies, including Oreos and other filled cookies, plus a variety of cookies cleverly decorated with dark and light chocolate icing.

Candy: Fudge can be made with both white and dark chocolate, as well as a mixture of both. Other ideas include chocolate nut balls, nougats, chocolate nut brittle,chocolate-dipped dried fruit, chocolate-covered pretzels and mini-candy bars.

Add to the list chocolate mousse, chocolate éclairs, cream puffs and glazed or plain chocolate doughnuts and doughnut holes.

If space permits, a chocolate “fountain” or fondue pots with fresh fruit chunks for dipping is a popular feature. By occupying a separate table, it helps spread the crowd out.

The Finances

Tickets range in price from $8 to $18, depending upon how large the organization is. Size is usually the factor that determines how many chocolate items can be produced. If there is access to refrigeration and ice cream, sundaes and ice cream pies can be added to the chocolate pig-out menu, and the ticket can be priced higher.

Although tickets are the main income producer, a raffle or auction can be scheduled. Businesses will donate items in exchange for the goodwill and positive publicity provided. In addition, during the last half hour remaining items can be sold as take-home chocolate treats.

The Lasting Result

The eat-all-you-can message this chocolate extravaganza conveys brings a sense of elation to many participants because they feel they are doing something a little bit wicked. It’s only a once-a-year event so criticism based upon health concerns is unwarranted.

The first fundraiser may raise less than $1,000, but it can become an eagerly anticipated annual community event that brings in triple that amount. This chocolate version of the perennial bake sale is a popular and profitable upscale fundraiser for non-profit organizations.