Battle of the Buffet-Feasting to the Power of Giving

Who could have thought that entertainment and food can play major drivers in charitable works? Battle of the Buffet is one such annual fundraising event jointly organized by CIOSA, Chennai Mission, and United Way Chennai. It facilitates fundraising for the participating charities, subsequently helping them in expanding their supporter base through active networking.

Since its inception in 2009, Battle of the Buffet has cumulatively raised an amount exceeding INR 28 Crore, helping around 100 charities throughout the journey. The entire state of Tamil Nadu eagerly looks forward to Battle of the Buffet. The enthusiasm for the program is because it  together the merits of food, fun, and music to support the non-profits which are working tirelessly for the benefit of our society.

What is the battle all about?

Battle of Buffet Supporters
Battle of Buffet Supporters

Battle of the Buffet provides non-profits with a platform to exhibit their ongoing work and proposed projects. It also helps them in reaching out to their prospective donors and supporters who feel strongly for a social cause. During the SevaMela organized by the Battle of the Buffet team, supporters directly interact with nonprofits and learn about their day to day functioning. The NGOs who show interest in participation, go through a due verification process set up by LetzChange. They are allowed in only if they are vetted entities in possession of the mandatory 12A and 80G certifications. This transparent approach inspires trust in the heart of donors and they contribute with full faith in the system.

The donor can easily donate to a participating NGO through LetzChange, either by donating directly to a charity or by purchasing a donor pass for the Battle of the Buffet Gala. There is also a provision of donating to “Common Pool”. The money received in Common Pool is utilized for the diverse projects run by the participating non-profits.

Battle of the Buffet 2018

This year’s edition of the program, Battle of the Buffet 2018, met with an incredible success. Our partner charities raised an amount exceeding Rs.1.5 Crore with the help of 2000+ supporters through the program. LetzChange, Give’s crowdfunding platform, congratulates all participating nonprofits for the excellent  work they put in during the Battle of the Buffet 2018.

Nonprofits all across the country work hard to empower the underprivileged. With a little more assistance, they can drive significant changes in the lives they are trying to repair. Many nonprofits are slowly making a transition from the slow offline mode of fundraising to the online mode. But since this involves bearing the online payment gateway charges, non-profit often shy away from opting for this hassle-free option for fundraising.

Here is where LetzChange comes into play. We at  LetzChange want the best for our partner charities and help them by providing them with step by step technological assistance. LetzChange being a zero percent fee platform, does not deduct any money from the donations coming in for the charities. We facilitate the expansion of supporter bases of our partner NGOs by providing them with necessary guidance, support, and technological help. With the help of our peer-to-peer fundraising tools, the NGOs can use their existing social network to spread the word about the good work they do.

The Gala Night

Team LetzChange being felicitated by Battle of Buffet Team and singer Shankar Mahadevan
Team LetzChange being felicitated by Battle of Buffet Team and singer Shankar Mahadevan
Let us now talk of the much awaited Gala night of the Battle of the Buffet 2018. The audience had the privilege to watch the great singer Shankar Mahadevan perform live during the event. The Gala night also brought in a lot of unanticipated happiness for LetzChange. Team LetzChange was felicitated by the Battle of the Buffet Committee and Mr. Shankar Mahadevan  himself for the contributions made towards the successful conduction of the entire event.

Team LetzChange takes pride in the fact that we were able to bring together the charities and their existing and prospective donors for Battle of the Buffet 2018. We look forward to being of assistance to all the partner non-profits in the further versions of the program. And as we prepare for the upcoming ventures, we once again congratulate the non-profits who made Battle of the Buffet 2018 such grand a success.

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