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.
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