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Is your school looking for an easy fundraising idea that will appeal to most of the students, parents and teachers? Then, try holding a dining-out fundraiser at a local restaurant. This when your school asks everyone to eat out at a restaurant on a designated night and the restaurant then donates a portion of the earnings to your school.
Holding a fundraiser at a restaurant in your community is a great way to earn money for schools, clubs and other nonprofit organizations. This type of fundraiser is popular because people get to eat out and socialize while helping raise money for your cause. The restaurants appreciate the extra business and the potential for repeat customers. And your organization can earn several hundred dollars in one evening.
There are a couple of ways to hold restaurant, or dining-out fundraisers. Most of the major restaurant and food franchises such as Applebee’s, McDonald’s, and Ben and Jerry’s already have programs and policies in place for their restaurant fundraisers. Due to the popularity of these fundraisers, you should contact the restaurant about two months before you want to hold the fundraiser to make sure the restaurant has the date available.
Most of the restaurants require that the diners present a flyer from your organization in order for you to receive the credit for the diner. The restaurant management usually has promotional flyers and other material you can use to help publicize your fundraiser. It is your organization’s job to get as many people to eat at the restaurant as you can. The more customers you bring in, the more money you will make.
Some restaurants ask that members from your organization help out during the night of the fundraiser. This can be anything from helping to seat, serve, or clean up. Some restaurants prefer to handle everything themselves. In any case, volunteers from your organization should be present during the fundraiser just to make sure that things run according to your agreement with the restaurant. Most restaurants require that the diners present a flyer from your organization in order for you to receive the credit for the diner. The restaurant management usually has promotional flyers and other material you can use to help publicize your fundraiser
Dining out fundraisers are usually held on week nights because those are the slower nights for restaurants. The restaurant usually donates a percentage of the pre-tax sales generated by your organization. Twenty percent of sales is a common amount that is donated. So, the more customers your organization provides the restaurant the more money you will raise.
I recommend trying a restaurant fundraiser. You may want to have one a couple of times a year at different restaurants in your community. In the fall you could have a back-to-school dining out night. In the summer you could have an ice cream shop fundraiser. There are all sorts of options and the really can be a lot of fun when you get everyone to participate.