The easiest fundraisers for schools are ones that compel community members to purchase something that they already intend to buy—like dinner. Hey, everyone eats! Here are some of our favorite restaurants that allow for school fundraisers (and many of them allow takeout if we find ourselves in quarantine).
Chipotle helps public and private K–12 schools by hosting in-restaurant fundraisers, making for a fun night out with the fam that also supports your school. Best of all, your school will receive 33 percent of the proceeds brought in by your supporters (pre-tax), meaning if your supporters bring in $300, they’ll send you a check for $100! The application for your event or donation request can be filled out completely online, too, making it easier than ever to set up your fundraising festivity. Be sure to allow at least three weeks for a response to your request.
Dining for Dollars is Bertucci’s program for giving back to schools and nonprofits. On the night of your event—typically a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evening—guests present the Dining for Dollars flyer, and 15 percent of the check goes to your school. Contact your local Bertucci’s manager to get planning.
3. Chevy’s Fresh Mex
It always feels like a party is happening at Chevy’s Fresh Mex with fresh Mexican food on the menu and the energetic atmosphere in the air. Bring your fellow supporters to your favorite participating Chevy’s and enjoy tasty eats and drinks. 15 percent of all food and drink sales including to-go orders generated from your organization will be donated back to you! Call the manager of your local Chevy’s to see if they participate.
4. California Pizza Kitchen
The haute pizzeria restaurant California Pizza Kitchen is all about pizza with a purpose. Fundraising events are easy to arrange and best of all, 20 percent of sales generated by supporters of your organization will be donated back to you!
5. Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Potbelly Sandwich Shop locations have several different ways schools can fundraise. You can host a restaurant night and receive 25 percent of the sales gathered at the event, fundraise with Potbelly gift card sales, or incorporation Potbelly into school auctions and raffles. Learn more about these fundraising options and then contact a manager at your neighborhood Potbelly.
6. Boston Market
Everyone’s a winner, winner, chicken dinner when you fundraise with Boston Market. Schools can host restaurant nights to earn 15 percent of all pre-tax sales generated from the event, sell scrip gift cards for 12 percent profit, or order catering from Boston Market and share the profits from meal tickets sold. Learn the details of all avenues Boston Market offers to schools.
7. Chuck E. Cheese’s
Every elementary student’s favorite birthday party place is also a super solution for school fundraisers! In fact, more than $14 million has been donated through Chuck E. Cheese’s school fundraising events. Chuck E. Cheese’s provides promo materials and 10 free game tokens for each student, makes sure Chuck E. Cheese himself visits the school the day of the event, and even offers free meals for the teachers who attend. Best of all, 20 percent of profits will be donated to your cause with $3,000+ total dollars spent, 15 percent donated with under $3,000. Fill out the online event request form and immediately get started planning your school fundraiser.
Houlihan’s is known for its freshly made American cuisine and a chic but casual sit-down atmosphere. Many of its 100 or so locations participate in “dine to donate” fundraisers with local schools. All requests are handled at the grassroots level, so reach out to the general manager at your local Houlihan’s.
9. Panda Express
Scheduling a fundraiser where families love to dine = more participation = more raised for your organization, and Panda Express is a proven family favorite. Invite friends and family to dine-in or take-out, and Panda will donate 20 percent of the event sales to your school or organization. Schedule your next fundraiser with Panda Express’s easy online application.
10. Buffalo Wild Wings
Schools are the big winners in Buffalo Wild Wings’ Eat Wings, Raise Funds programs that have donated more than one million to local nonprofits. A portion of the sales from your community’s restaurant-night event will be donated to your school. To apply for an Eat Wings event, fill out the online application.
Want more? Here are 25 more restaurants that do fundraisers:
- Auntie Anne’s
- BD’s Mongolian Grill
- BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
- The Cheesecake Factory
- In-N-Out Burger
- Jamba Juice
- Jersey Mike’s
- Krispy Kreme
- Little Caesars
- Marie Callender’s
- Mellow Mushroom
- Moe’s Southwest Grill
- Noodles and Company
- Panera Bread
- P.F. Changs
- Red Robin
- Uno Pizzeria and Grill
- Which Wich
- Cousins Subs
We also definitely recommend checking out sites like GroupRaise for even more options in your area!
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