Aug 3 2007

Chain Restaurant & Fast Food Fundraiser Nights

A great way to bring in some needed funds with little effort is by hosting a ‘restaurant fundraiser night’ at local chain restaurants in your town.

Many restaurants will give a percentage of the profits from a specific evening, while others may give $1 from certain entrees ordered. The key to this event is that your group will do the promotion of the event at the restaurant on an off-night, which brings in more paying clients to the restaurant on a night when they normally would not eat out. It’s a win-win situation for both the group and the restaurant.

Here’s an updated list of restaurants that typically host restaurant fundraising nights. As with any franchise, it would be up to the local owners and managers. My son’s Kindergarten school gave us a listing of restaurant nights for the entire year, so in some areas, these nights are highly sought after and should be scheduled well in advance.

ALSO- hosting a special event at a local ‘mom n pop’ restaurant or other independent or locally owned restaurant/ pub is another great idea! Don’t get discouraged if you live in a small town or have no chain restaurants. The local restaurants may want to push business for a random Tuesday night to bring more people into the restaurant.

Outback Steakhouse
Sweet Tomatoes
Jersey Mike’s (15%)
Burger King
Rio Bravo
Dairy Queen (DQ dollars)
CiCi’s Pizza
Black-Eyed Pea
Big Boy
Pizzeria Uno
Zany Brainy
Pizza Hut
Brusters Ice Cream
Boston Market
Applebee’s (pancake breakfast)
Baja Fresh
Loco’s Deli
Taco Cabana
Panera Bread (Dough for Dough, coupon slips)
Papa Murphy’s

About the Author: Danielle Hamilton is the editor of and moderator of a Yahoo group dedicated to helping animal rescue groups raise money for animals.

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12 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. I was also going to say that Bennigan’s and Steak & Ale are also two good restaurants that do fundraising things!

  2. Thank you so much! This info is awesome and made my job so much easier. I am new to fundraising and looking for tips and tricks. I was able to take this and make a quick easy broadcast email for my organization. I really appreciate it!

  3. Thank you so much, I am the parent volunteer for Show Choir and we are always looking for additional support. Great blog!

  4. This is great! So helpful to find out about these restaurants giving back! was something else i have used to book restaurant fundraisers online. It was really simple and fast. Shows how much each location gives back and what dates were open at restaurants, and the whole event set up process is online!

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