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 do school fundraisers.
1. 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 have been donated through Chuck E. Cheese’s school fundraising events. Chuck E. Cheese’s donates 15 percent of the proceeds of school-fundraiser events on site, gives out 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. Fill out the online event request form and immediately get started planning your school fundraiser.
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.
Chipotle helps public and private K–12 schools host in-restaurant fundraisers for schools, gather in-kind donations for events, and scrip gift card programs. Best of all, the application for your event or donation request can be filled out completely online! Be sure to allow at least six weeks for a response to your request.
4. 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. You can also fundraise from Potbelly gift card sales. Finally, Potbelly also also supports school auctions. Learn more about these fundraising options.
5. Chevy’s Fresh Mex
It always feels like a party is happening at Chevy’s Fresh Mex, with the fresh Mexican food on the menu and the energetic atmosphere in the air. Participating Chevy’s locations give back up to 20 percent of the earnings from school restaurant-night fundraisers. Call the manager of your local Chevy’s to see if they participate.
6. California Pizza Kitchen
The haute pizzeria restaurant California Pizza Kitchen takes pride in supporting schools through fundraising, offering 20 percent of sales generated by the school community back to the school.
7. 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 pretax 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.
Houlihans 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 Houlihans.
The “eat more chikin” fast food chain is famous for its willingness to partner with schools for fundraisers both in store and on-site at schools. However, all Chick-fil-A school fundraisers are approved at the local level, so reach out to your nearest location to see which programs it supports for schools.
10. Buffalo Wild Wings
Schools are the big winners in Buffalo Wild Wings’ Eat Wings, Raise Funds programs which have donate 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 26 more restaurants that do fundraisers:
- BD’s Mongolian Grill
- BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
- The Cheesecake Factory
- In-N-Out Burger
- Jamba Juice
- Jersey Mike’s
- Little Caesars
- Lone Star Steakhouse
- Marie Callender’s
- Mellow Mushroom
- Moe’s Southwest Grill
- Noodles and Company
- Panda Express
- Panera Bread
- Pei Wei
- Ponderosa Steakhouse
- Red Robin
- Uno Pizzeria and Grill
- Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation
- Which Wich
We also definitely recommend checking out sites like GroupRaise for even more options in your area!
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