“ChocolateFest was created to serve as a conduit for civic groups, charities, and non-profit 501(c)(3) entities, to join forces on a large playing field with the ability to generate revenue that will benefit their particular purpose or cause.”
Every person that serves on the ChocolateFest Operations Committee and Advisory Board as well as each and every person who works in any capacity during ChocolateFest is a true volunteer. There is no paid staff. In 2017, the total number of volunteers was close to 800 people. Instead of paying a staff, ChocolateFest enters into a contract with a non-profit group. ChocolateFest pays that group, and the group provides the volunteers.
ChocolateFest had a fairly good year in 2017. Credit goes to our dedicated Committee Directors adhering to their budgets and producing a festival that gives value. Revenue sources from all non-profit entities totaled $115,096.00, up about 7% from 2016. Those very dollars stay in the Burlington community where they are needed. Since the festival’s inception in 1987, it is estimated that over 2.7 million dollars have been invested back into the community through the activities and sponsorship of these groups.
“Teamwork” – defines the ChocolateFest Operations Committee. Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. The greatness of these people is in their integrity and their ability to affect those around them positively.