70 Big And Small Restaurants That Help Schools With Their Fundraising Efforts


Restaurants fundraisers help build stronger school-to-home relationships
Restaurants fundraisers help build stronger school-to-home relationships

Restaurant fundraisers are one of the easier fundraisers for schools as they require little planning and work well with just a few volunteers. They are also a good way of bringing families together in a fun and relaxing environment and in building stronger school-to-home relationships.

Many local and chain restaurants help schools with their fundraising efforts by helping them organize “dine out” events and giving a portion of the sales proceeds from the event back to the school. It is a fun fundraiser where no one is required to sell anything and it is one of the things families do anyways.  

Here is a list of 70 chain and local restaurants that help schools raise funds and bring the community together. You would need to call the restaurants ahead of time to see if they would be able to match your schedule. You may be asked to fill up a form to reserve your date/time slot and provide other details. Most of the restaurants give back 15-20% of the sales proceeds (minus tips and taxes).

As for many other fundraisers, the key to a successful restaurant fundraiser is publicity campaign. Create a theme and matching flyers to send out to families. Pick a day when families are most likely to eat out, either to celebrate or are too busy to cook at home, e.g. back-to-school nights, holidays, etc.

Most of the links below take you directly to the restaurant’s fundraiser/community page, but if they don’t, then simply search for community, giving back or fundraising keywords on their website or call them up.


99 Restaurants
Baja Fresh
BD's Mongolian Grill
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
Bob Evans
Boston Market
Buffalo Wild Wings
Burger King
California Pizza Kitchen
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Cheeburger Cheeburger
Cheesecake Factory
Chevys Fresh Mex
Chuck E. Cheese's
Dave & Buster’s
El Pollo Loco
Elevation Burger
IHOP Restaurant
Jamba Juice
Kona Ice
Krispy Kreme
Laughing Planet Café
Logan’s Roadhouse
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon
Max & Erma's
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
MOD Pizza
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Nicolosi’s Italian Restaurant
Noodles & Company
Not Your Average Joe's
Outback Steakhouse
Panda Express
Panera Bread
Papa Gino's Pizzeria
Pizza Hut
Ponderosa Steakhouse
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Qdoba Mexican Eats
Red Robin
Roy Rogers Restaurants
Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill
Ruby Tuesday
Shakey’s Pizza Parlor
Smoke Haus Healthy Choice
Sombrero Mexican Food
Sonic Drive-In
Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes
Spartans Family Restaurant
SweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt
Taco Bueno
The Greene Turtle
Uno Pizzeria and Grill
Willie's Grill and Icehouse
Bruster's Ice Cream


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