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53 Restaurant Fundraisers for Non-Profits

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Easy Neighborhood Fundraisers

One of the best fundraiser today for non-profits, including schools, school PTAs or PTOs, Scout troops, high school booster organizations, and traveling sports teams, is a restaurant fundraiser, sometimes called a Dine and Donate event.

My experience is that the organization will generally make less than $1000 at a restaurant fundraiser. Nevertheless, the power of face-to-face interaction at these events provides additional opportunities in the future to recruit volunteers and ask for additional help. As a member of a PTA, I have used this method to raise money consistently, year after year.

This type of fundraiser comes in two types: those that collect fundraising coupons and those that do not. For the first type, the restaurant gives the organization coupons to distribute to as many people as possible, and then those coupons are turned in to the restaurant on the designated night to determine how much money the organization gets. The second type still requires the organization to hand out flyers for the event, but the difference is that every order on the designated night is counted as part of the fundraiser.

I suggest finding restaurants that are close to your organization as they produce the best results. I have also found that fast-food restaurants tend to draw more traffic than sit-down restaurants. Finally, consider local traffic patterns when selecting a restaurant; a hard-to-get-to restaurant will not draw as well as one that is easy to get to.

Don't just think of lunch or dinner places either; switch it up and include an ice cream, yogurt, or juice shop. We have a lot of success in September and May with local ice cream parlors.

Listed below are restaurants that help not-for-profits raise money by creating these great fundraisers.

Great Tip: Advertise your Fundraiser Early and Often

One way to make your restaurant fundraiser a success is to advertise early and often. Make sure your organization knows the date and talks about it for a couple of weeks.

Use a Variety of Restaurants to Attract Different Participants

My school continues to use a variety of restaurants each year. As always, check with your local restaurant, as some restaurants participate in their national program and some don't.

The links below link to a specific fundraising program, if one is available on the company website; otherwise they link to the general website so you can find a location near you.

Restaurants and Ice Cream Shops Helping Local Organizations

  • BD's Mongolian Grill
    Great way to fundraise for churches, PTA, and other non-profit organizations.
  • Bertucci's
    Bertucci's DINING FOR DOLLARS allows your organization to enjoy a great meal and raise money for a great cause. Bertucci's is located in the northeast of the United States and gives back 15-25%, depending on the sales amount.
  • BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Fundraisers
    BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse will host a fundraising event for your school, organization or charity. The standard fundraiser donates 15% of the total food and soft beverage purchase from guests who bring in flyers for your event.
  • Blaze Pizza
    Blaze pizza is located across the United States and provides 20% back to the organization.
  • Boston Market
    Boston Market provides a 15% donation on sales. They provide you with a flyer and event tickets. Restaurants are located throughout the United States.
  • Bruster's Real Ice Cream
    Every Brusters Real Ice Cream store offers fundraising options. Find a local store in most states east of the Mississippi.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
    BWW has their Eat Wings, Raise Funds initiative that helps out local organizations near BWW restaurants. In the Community Connections sections click on the Apply Now button for their form.
  • Buca di Beppo
    A Buca Fundraising Event will earn 15% for your non-profit organization. These Italian restaurants offer family-style dishes great for sharing with all the participants in your fundraiser.
  • Buona Beef
    Chicago area Buona Beef restaurants have a Buona Benefits Night program, with 15% going back to the non-profit. If you like Italian Beef sandwiches that rival Portillos, this is your fundraiser.
  • BURGER KING® restaurants operated by Quality Dining
    BURGER KING® restaurants operated by Quality Dining will give back 20% of sales to a qualifying organization
  • BURGER KING® Restaurants operated by Tri-City Foods
    Tri-City Foods operates Burger King restaurants in six Midwestern states. They donate 20% of event sales (from a limited menu) to your not-for-profit organization.
  • California Pizza Kitchen
    CPK advertises 20% back through their fundraisers. CPK also has a great Scout program, where Scouts can make their own pizzas.
  • Cheeburger Cheeburger
    Cheeburger Cheeburger helps you every step of the way, from creating flyers to making the night fun.
  • Chick-Fil-A
    Chick-Fil-A offers four types of fundraisers; check with your local store.
  • Chili's Give Back Events
    Chili's give back events provide a 15% return for all vouchers presented on the night of the fundraiser.
  • Chipotle
    Chipotle offers in-restaurant fundraisers to certain types of nonprofits including K-12 school groups. An online application is required.
  • Chuck E. Cheese School Fundraisers
    Chuck E. Cheese School Fundraisers receive 15% on sales. This is a great fundraiser for early grade school students.
  • CiCi's Pizza Buffet
    Cici's says to contact individual stores about fundraisers.
  • Culver's
    Culver's restaurants are usually locally owned and the owners are usually kid friendly.
  • Dreamland BBQ
    An easy, unique and fast money making fundraiser for your group. Dreamland BBQ is here to create a delicious alternative to magazine subscription and wrapping paper fundraisers. Locations in Alabama, Georgia, and Tallahassee, Florida.
  • Elmer's Restaurants
    Not all Elmer's Restaurants participate in Restaurant Nights, so be sure to call your local Elmer's in the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California.
  • 54th Street
    54th Street restaurants are located in St Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, and San Antonio and Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas. A fundraising event for your school, organization or charity can earn 15% of the sales.
  • Foster's Grille: Home Of The Charburger
    Foster's "Dining for Dollars" program will give back 10% to your non-profit organization. Foster's Grille has family restaurants in Virginia, Florida, Maryland, and North Carolina.
  • Friendly's FUNraising
    Friendly's typically run their in-restaurant fundraisers on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
  • Fuddruckers
    Another restaurant where I have seen advertisements for Fundraisers.
  • Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille
    The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille helps local organizations through its Funds for Friends program on selected Tuesdays. This restaurant is in Virginia and Maryland.
  • Isaac's Restaurants
    A community night at Isaac's will earn your organization 25%. Issac's are located in south-central Pennsylvania.
  • Jamba Juice
    Jamba Juice offers beverages, smoothies, juices, and snacks. They offer discount cards and catering for fundraising events.
  • Jersey Mike's Subs
    Jersey Mike's recently opened a shop in our neighborhood and did a great job partnering with all the local schools.
  • Kona Ice
    All across the country, Kona Ice LOVES to give back to schools, sports teams and organizations. Since 2007, Kona has raised over $3 million for local communities. This is a little different in that Kona comes to your event.
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
    Another favorite Chicagoland pizzeria offering a fundraiser night with 20% going back to the non-profit.
  • Maggie Moo's
    Call your local Maggie Moo's ice cream place to see if they participate in an event you can host that's called Celebrity Scoop Night.
  • Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery
    Marie Callender's offers two types of fundraisers: pie sales and dining-in (percentage policy for the latter not explicit on the website).
  • Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
    Margaritas Mexican Restaurant offers a unique and authentic Mexican dining experience featuring traditional Mexican recipes and decor.
  • Mark's Feed Store
    For Mark's, in addition to serving great barbecue, giving back to their communities is a natural part of what they do everyday. Through this program, Mark’s will give back 15% of the sales that are brought in through your scheduled event.
  • Max & Erma's
    Max & Erma's advertise 20% return on their website and give some great tips for a successful fundraiser. Restaurants are located throughout the United States.
  • McDonald's
    Some local McDonald's have local nights. Check with yours, as this is always a kids' favorite.
  • MOOYAH Burgers, Fries, and Shakes
    MOOYAH provides a graduating donation scale starting at 15% and goes as high as 25% of sales. MOOYAH is located throughout the US with many restaurants in Texas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, California, Utah, Florida, Wisconsin and others.
  • Ninety-Nine Restaurants
    Ninety-Nine Restaurants' "Dining for a Cause" nights are great across the New England area. They donate 15% back to host organization.
  • Noodles & Company Fundraisers
    Noodles & Company offers fundraising events yielding a percentage of sales. Contact a local manager for details.
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
    LEO Fundraisers. Let's Eat Out and enjoy delicious dishes and help raise money for your organization or school. The Old Spaghetti Factory will donate 15% of your group's proceeds. Restaurants located in 12 states from Washington to Tennessee.
  • Panda Express
    Let Panda Express help you raise money for your school, organization, club or team. Tell friends and family to dine in or take-out at Panda Express and 20% of the event sales will be donated to your organization.
  • Panera Bread: Fundraising Nights
    Panera has a sliding scale for payouts with the top payout at 20%. On the minus side is that if you don't get at least 20 orders, then you don't get a dime.
  • Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill: Dough Raisers
    Dough Raisers earn up to 20% of sales.
  • Portillo's
    Chicagoland has been waiting a long time for this one. 20% return on a Portillo's hotdogs restaurant fundraiser.
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop
    This fundraiser has a flyer associated with it. The 25% return to the group makes it a meaty deal.
  • Raising Canes
    Great chicken and 15% back for your event.
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
    An in-restaurant fundraiser is available for schools.
  • Rubio's School and Church Fundraisers
    Rubio's offers fundraisers for schools, church groups, sports groups, philanthropic causes or other non-profit initiatives.
  • Sombrero Mexican Food
    Sombrero has locations in the San Diego, California area and provides 20% back to non-profit organizations.
  • Sonic
    Contact your local Sonic drive-in about whether they offer fundraising events.
  • Wendy's
    Each local Wendy's is different. We always get a great crowd when going to our local Wendy's on a school night.
  • Yogurtini Fundraisers
    Yogurtini offers a delicious and fun way to raise money for your non-profit group. Located in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

The website, GroupRaise.com, has an interactive map that lets you search for restaurants in your area. This website also helps you book the restaurant on its website. It's a great resource when trying to find that perfect match.

Maggie Moo's and Coldstone both do fundraisers

Maggie Moo's and Coldstone both do fundraisers

Is There a Restaurant Missing?

If you've fundraised at a restaurant not on the list above, let me know, and I'll add it to the list. As this list grows, I've decided to add only restaurants that have a clear fundraising policy.

A lot of restaurants will help with a community fundraiser if you ask, but unless the chain has a clear policy for fundraisers, it will be up to each restaurant manager whether they will help or not.

Restaurants No Longer on the List

To keep this site up to date, I remove the links to restaurants when they no longer show a fundraising page. If you see a page for any of these drop a line in the comments section, and I'll update it. Thanks.

  • Chevys - Removed August 2017
  • Oberweis - Removed August 2017
  • Roti - Removed March 2018
  • Go Roma - Removed May 2019
  • Moe's - Removed May 2019
  • Lone Star Steakhouse - Removed October 2019 - Ceased operation in 2017.
  • Soup Plantation and Sweet Tomatoes - Removed June 2020 - Impacted by Covid-19 and closed all restaurants in May 2020. States were not allowing buffet and self-service style restaurants to re-open amid the current pandemic.

Easy Steps to Run a Restaurant Fundraiser

So you've decided your not-for-profit's next fundraiser is going to be at a restaurant. Here's how to set up the event and get the best results possible.

1. Start planning your fundraiser at least 30 days in advance.

2. Work with your group to pick a couple of dates for the fundraisers. Restaurants will want to do them during the week, so make sure you have dates on Monday through Thursday.

3. Find a local restaurant to help you. The restaurant should be local and convenient to get to within a few minutes in evening traffic.

4. You have a day and you have a restaurant. Now it is time to promote. Some restaurants will give you flyers and stickers to hand out; some have you do your own. If you need to have the flyers brought back into the restaurant for your organization to get credit, make sure you get the flyers out to the public. For elementary schools, see if the fundraising restaurant will throw in a class party for the class with the biggest turnout. Use email. Use Facebook. You get the picture: get the notice out to everyone in the neighborhood to stop by.

5. Get volunteers to help you the day of the fundraiser. Have people greeting your group as they come in the door. Some restaurants will let fundraisers work behind the counter. Wendy's has allowed us to use their Wendy's outfit: it's always a hoot to see a principal dressed up and serving at one of these events. Bring your mascot costume as well.

6. Have fun! When everyone hears about the great time people had at the fundraiser, more will show up at the next one.

Create a Theme for Each Fundraiser

This year, our PTA is trying themes for each restaurant night. For example, instead of doing all family nights, we are going to try a Moms' Night Out. Don't underestimate the power of a theme.

My Restaurant Fundraiser Didn't Work

Each organization has a different experience at different restaurants. I found proximity to the organization, the night of the fundraiser, and the time of year are all factors that drive the success of an event. You will learn each time which restaurants your organization will attend or won't attend.

Continue doing the high attendance events and switch out the low attendance events until you have a group that you can rotate through each year or every two years.

Questions & Answers

Question: Does a restaurant that hosts a fundraising event have to be a 501(c)(3)?

Answer: Most of the restaurants in my article only work with non-profits as one of the benefits of being a restaurant is being able to make charitable contributions for tax purposes. Every restaurant is different, so if you are not a non-profit organization and have a special circumstance, then I would discuss this with the manager or owner of the restaurant.

Question: Which restaurant or food makes the most profit for a high school team fundraiser?

Answer: It depends. There are a few factors that impact the profit from a restaurant fundraiser. 1. The percentage the restaurant gives. 2. A flyer vs. a non-flyer restaurant. 3. The distance people have to travel including traffic conditions. 4. The affluence of the community. 5. the weather. 6. What else is going on that evening (think school concerts and sporting events) and 7. the willingness to promote the event to others.

If this is your first event, you should look for a restaurant that is close to your audience and ensures that it is not the same night the team is playing away.

Question: Could I put on a fundraiser for an adoption at one of these restaurants?

Answer: Most restaurants require the fundraiser to be related to a qualified non-profit organization. Using a crowd sourcing option like a Go Fund Me page would probably be better in this case.

What restaurants help you fundraise?

Tom Fattes (author) from Naperville, IL on October 29, 2019:

Hi Tommy, this is probably not the best place for a single restaurant. A couple of things I would do to start. First, talk with your tax advisor on what you can write off as a donation, most limit to non-profits, but it could be different in your situation. Second, start advertising in your restaurant as your customers are the best sources to bring in a group. Finally, make sure you have a way to track which organizations will be their each evening. I would suggest one per evening. If you don't have a way to track, Groupraise.com may be a good option, but there is an additional cost.

Tommy Caraccia on October 28, 2019:

I own a restaurant & I’m looking to hold Dine to Donate events How do I sign up

D on September 18, 2019:

Grub Kitchen and Bar

Mitch S on March 05, 2019:

Houghlihans does them. 10 TO 15% dependant on total group check.

Adeline on January 17, 2019:

Willie's Grill and Icehouse (San Antonio, Houston, and College Station Texas only) gives 15% for fundraiser nights.

Kelley Richard on June 23, 2018:

I just wanted to let you know Newk’s Eatery does Donates to non profit also.

Dining Out for Children on June 08, 2018:

Other restaurants that fundraise are: Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Texas Texas Roadhouse, McAlister's Deli, Country Cookin', Abuelo's.

Lavonda Clark on March 28, 2018:

NPC owned Pizza Hut locations do fundraiser nights. You can earn up to 20 percent of the days total. Pick a day, email or contact your local pizza hut and they will contact the fundraiser coordinator. They will then send you vouchers via email to print for your organization. Your group will need to distribute them to anyone who will go to Pizza Hut...this can be for many Pizza Hut locations.

Sarah on March 13, 2018:

Old Carolina BBQ offers 50%

Chili's on March 10, 2018:

10% on give back nights

Latrice Freeman on March 05, 2018:

Pyros Pizza and Krispy Kreme Donuts

Carla Neff on February 19, 2018:

Houilhans also does dine and donate. I believe its 20% including alcohol.

Iron Hill Brewery as well. However, they do Not include alcohol

Robyn on February 19, 2018:

A great place would be Portillos. They have it layed out, straight forward. Plus, people LOVE it!

Gigi on November 27, 2017:

Krispy Kreme. Clear policy on their website.

Laura on November 24, 2017:

Islands Restaurant also hosts fundraisers with 20% back.

Laura Wilcox on November 01, 2017:

California Pizza Kitchen

Pei Wei

Red Koi Thai and Sushi in Coral Gables

Dominoes Pizza (Slice the Price)

Quest on September 17, 2017:

Texas Roadhouse help a lot

anymous on August 30, 2017:

cool beans

Joi on August 26, 2017:

Applebee's and IHOP

amanda on August 20, 2017:

buffalo wild wings holds fundraisers!

Lessie on January 25, 2017:

Do you have to be an functional non profit?

Christine on January 22, 2017:

Raising Cane's.

Colleen Vetter on December 22, 2016:

10th Street Live Bar & Grill holds fundraisers. Located in Kenilworth, NJ

Shari on November 15, 2016:

Pieology and Mod Pizza both have charity events. At Pieology, people can come in all day and show your flier on their phone or in print.

anonymous on October 28, 2016:

5 Guys Burgers & Fries. Flier oriented but they will help set up paper and digital for you. Franchise style company.

Sheyda S on September 18, 2016:

I'm the GM for Pitfire Pizza in Downtown Los Angeles; we host fundraisers for all non-profits, and I'm currently looking to find more organizations to help! I can provide items for auctions or host events for up to 15% back! Contact my location at (213) 808-1200

buffyinfaith on August 15, 2016:

Blaze Pizza!!!

Jennie on July 24, 2016:

Panda Express also does fundraisers...

Alex on July 16, 2016:

HuHot

Michael Sanders on July 12, 2016:

Burgerville restaurants in Oregon and Washington have fundraising opportunities for non-profits.

Liz on June 15, 2016:

You forget to say what it actually is.

anonymous on May 24, 2016:

Boudins: needed 50 people, not 50 sales and we got 30%. ran it for 4 hours on a Sunday and raised over $160

anonymous on May 02, 2016:

Fundraising events at El Torito are as fresh and unique as our menu – and they’re easy too! Bring your fellow supporters to your favorite El Torito and enjoy tasty eats and drinks from our menu. 20% of net food sales (drinks excluded) generated from your organization will be donated back to you! You’ll receive a check (8) weeks after your event

http://www.eltorito.com/fundraise-el-torito/

Lety on December 28, 2015:

Luna Grill also does fundraising they give you 20% of each order with Flyer

Marshall on December 15, 2015:

Chilis does a give back night called "Chilis Night"

Laura on April 14, 2015:

another great way to make $$ for your nonprofit is to utilize your local Kohl's department store. They will send you volunteers to help at an event AND give you $500 for each event they attend!

jojo on January 25, 2015:

I saw that ritas (italian ice and custard) offer different fundraising options as s corporation but i believe each is individually owned and decide what they will offer as an option. Just waiting for a call back & for spring as they arr closed for the winters.

Takkhis on May 15, 2014:

This lens is very informative! I will check those webpages and thanks for sharing :)

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on March 18, 2014:

Seems like I am always helping to raise money for our park and we have done many Restaurant Fundraisers. The most profitable one was with Fuddruckers and we had volunteers and local celebrities waiting tables. Their tips were more than the percentage from the restaurant so that was fun. Great information here. Thanks.

adoptionfirst on October 24, 2013:

Great List of restaurants who are willing to work with fundraisers!

anonymous on September 16, 2013:

Greene Turtle

anonymous on July 22, 2013:

Ruby Tuesday

seodress on June 25, 2013:

What a great idea.

anonymous on April 27, 2013:

I'm a substitute teacher and will keep this in mind for the schools where I teach. Great lens!

Tom Fattes (author) from Naperville, IL on March 29, 2013:

@anonymous: Typically, restaurants only deal with non-profit organizations that can drive traffic on a particular day. Local restaurants that you currently frequent may be more willing than chain restaurants.

anonymous on March 28, 2013:

I am an individual trying to fundraise study abroad tuition and travel are there any restaurants/ organizations that are willing to help with that?

CristianStan on March 21, 2013:

I've actually tried the restaurant way before, and I must say, it takes lots of fundraising to accomplish such a difficult task

joseph-saint on February 10, 2013:

Groupraise.com is a cool site for sure.

Tom Fattes (author) from Naperville, IL on February 06, 2013:

@anonymous: That is very frustrating. First, I would continue the relationship with the one restaurant that did pay you. For the others, you see the results by the people coming into the restaurant and interacting with each other. If you needed to bring a slip in, are those members bringing those in. I would also build a relationship with the restaurant manager and make sure you touchbase a couple times before the event, during the event, and immediately after the event.

anonymous on February 05, 2013:

I am curious to know how often you actually see results from a restaurant night. Our school had 4 different restaurant nights last year and were only paid by one organization. It has been very frustrating and we have decided we should not try these any more.

AlexanderMontanez on January 24, 2013:

Great lens and still i have not found any other restaurant which are not in your list. I love Restaurants In Mississauga because i live in canada.

anonymous on November 12, 2012:

Zinga Frozen Yogurt

anonymous on November 06, 2012:

@anonymous: How much money have you made? Were you able to hand out the flyers at the door of the restaurants?

anonymous on October 27, 2012:

APPLEBEES

anonymous on October 18, 2012:

I found www.groupraise.com is a great place to find restaurants who are excited to help you fundraise. We are using the site to fundraise in boston for a mission trip, and have used it in the past for a ALZ walk team we were apart of.

anonymous on October 16, 2012:

Snow Monster in Orange County, California helps local organizations fundraise. We did an event through them and it was great. Super simple to set up, no need for flyers. They genuinely want to help give back to the community.

anonymous on October 07, 2012:

@ILoveLegosToo: Dennys and McDonalds..15% for specific periods of time..no coupons or fliers needed.

Tom Fattes (author) from Naperville, IL on October 02, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Tami, if you click the name on the post, sometimes they will have a contact button on their profile page.

anonymous on October 02, 2012:

@tfsherman lm: I'm on the board for our library, We are a new organization, I would like to talk to you regarding your success.

tfsherman lm on September 30, 2012:

My library has a fundraiser once a year. We live in a touristy community, and over 25 restaurants donate 50 to 100 of their specialty hors d'oeuvres. The food is great, it's a fun event, and we make about $10,000. It's so nice that restaurants really want to be pulled into community work, isn't it?

MintySea on September 13, 2012:

What a neat idea

anonymous on September 03, 2012:

@anonymous: McAlister's Deli did a fundraiser for our organization without a flyer. It was ALL sales during the time period.

anonymous on September 03, 2012:

@anonymous: McAlister's Deli

anonymous on August 23, 2012:

Papa Ginos Pizzeria

Tom Fattes (author) from Naperville, IL on August 16, 2012:

@anonymous: The only one I know about is Wendys. But I'm sure there are a couple of more out there.

anonymous on August 16, 2012:

i need a list of restaurants that fundraise WITHOUT a flyer being presented, just will total all sales in that time period.

poorwendy lm on July 28, 2012:

In our neck of the woods, there are a few chain restaurants that participate in these type of fundraisers, namely Shakey's Pizza and Rubio's.

anonymous on July 19, 2012:

Applebees does a great job with dining to donate. Present the flyer to your server and 10% of your bill goes to the non-profit.

anonymous on June 26, 2012:

GroupRaise.com is an awesome site. You can check out the restaurants in your area that are holding fundraisers and set one up online really easily and quickly. Donât have to do much but advertise the fundraiser.

anonymous on June 16, 2012:

@Frischy: Our tennis team does an Applebee's fundraiser every fall and it is very successful. We are located in McKinney, Texas and our Applebees has since added bacon, eggs, and hash browns to the pancakes, sausage, orange juice, soda, and coffee. We made around $800. Very easy.

anonymous on June 14, 2012:

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse

mycharityboxes on June 13, 2012:

Great lens!

Another idea for fundraising in restaurants is placing donation boxes at the counter for people to donate their spare change.

restaurantdesigns on May 18, 2012:

Nice lens!

Tom Fattes (author) from Naperville, IL on May 09, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for the great addition to this fundraising list of restaurants.

anonymous on May 09, 2012:

Yogurtini Self-Serve (Frozen Yogurt) has a good fundraising program.

http://www.yogurtini.com/fundraising/

anonymous on May 04, 2012:

Tony Roma's

anonymous on April 22, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks!

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on April 10, 2012:

My daughter's softball team did pancake breakfasts at Applebee's. I am not sure how much they made. I hope it was a good profit.

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on March 17, 2012:

We have a coupon book from my Son's school with loads of restaurants in it. Your lens offers another great fundraiser idea!

SquidooRocks55 on March 12, 2012:

Great Tips! Looks like you need to know what you're doing. Thanks for the info.

anonymous on March 08, 2012:

Texas Roadhouse does fundraisers!

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on March 07, 2012:

I've never fundraised at restaurant but it looks like a doable idea. I even know couple of restaurant owners who could give me a hand... thanks for the idea!

anonymous on February 15, 2012:

Kona Ice raised more than $1,500 for our school last semester. The kids love it and we don't have to do anything other than work with the admin. to set up Kona Ice days (we did 2 last Sem) . The best part about their program is they come to you. We do Papa Johns, Culvers and Chic Filet programs as well. They do ok but between the three of them last semester we earned just under $800. There good programs but you need to advertise the heck out of them to get a good turnout. Every penny counts and we couldn't be happier to add Kona Ice to our line up of programs. FYI - you may have to book them in the morning before lunch - they're obviously very busy. We received our check the day of the event!!

anonymous on February 11, 2012:

Souplantation offers fundraisers. I like that it is a healthy choice for athletic team fundraisers.

www.souplantation.com/funraisers

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

Started up a fundraiser with a local family owned restaurant and bakery. http://www.2finecaterers.com and http://www.backporchrestaurant.com There has been great reviews and excitement to work with small local and a family run restaurants. The fundraiser will be for the local schools and local dance studios. We can all work together to help our own communities!

anonymous on December 07, 2011:

Thanks for the tip below, We checked out http://www.groupraise.com for our Alzheimer's walk team fundraiser and raised $287.09 in a snap. The site was fast and easy to set up our event. you just sign up find a restaurant and request a fundraiser1

anonymous on November 24, 2011:

We have had two fundraisers at TGI Friday's in Glendale Arizona. They were very helpful and prompt and are not corporate owned. We used a corporate store twice before and did not ever receive the funds that were promised. We will do it again but only with locally owned or franchised restaurants. They do have a plan.

anonymous on October 23, 2011:

Great post on fundraising! There are a couple other great resources to fundraise. Some online resources are a site named chipin.com. This site lets you fundraise for any cause you would like to have a profile for, it charges 7% percent on all donations i think. For more specific cause like mission trips, adoptions, or medical stuff, you can use a new site named YouCaring.com which is completely free.

Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on October 10, 2011:

Great list of resources! We have used Bakers Square twice for Relay For Life fundraisers, but had a frustrating experience both times - took forever to hunt down the check and get it paid to the charity, rude folks in the corporate offices, etc. We have had great experiences with locally owned restaurants though - I'd suggest starting there!

Tom Fattes (author) from Naperville, IL on October 05, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks for the great suggestion of bd's Mongolian Grill!

anonymous on October 05, 2011:

bd's Mongolian Grill also host fundraisers!!! Check out the bd's in Lexington, KY on facebook. I held one there for a mission trip and raised $700.00

anonymous on June 30, 2011:

you might want to check out www.groupraise.com . We found it helpful, it a site see different restaurants fundraising offers, and setup your fundraiser on online. we raised $179 just while talking and eating. It was pretty simple.

smithlights on May 11, 2011:

We did pretty well at Panda Express. Hoping to do that one again, but I'm excited to look into some of these others. $500 in one day was both quite a bit for us and much more than expected, therefore very good!

anonymous on May 02, 2011:

Chevy's also does fundraising

Pete Schultz on March 15, 2011:

Thunderbird Lodge on Rainy Lake gets fine wine donated to serve with a unique several course meal featuring entree's, soups, salads and breads that you may not otherwise encounter. A limited number of tickets are sold, and the charity gets all the proceeds over the cost of the food.

anonymous on March 03, 2011:

Quaker Steak and Lube in Mentor, OH is fabulous!

anonymous on January 20, 2011:

Chilli's does dinner fundraiisers and so does Applebee's

Philippians468 on January 13, 2011:

a nice big smile gets a good donation! cheers

ThruMyEyes LM on November 24, 2010:

Pizza hut

anonymous on September 29, 2010:

Pizza Hut