Fast Food Restaurant Fundraisers

Let’s take a look at four ways to do fast food restaurant fundraisers: selling fundraising discount cards for specific fast food locations, selling fundraising cards offering discounts from multiple businesses, doing a coupon fundraiser, or doing a revenue share fundraiser with a a local fast food place.

Fast Food Restaurant Fundraisers

All these fast food fundraisers are fairly easy to do, so let’s take a look at each type to get a better idea of what’s involved. There are lots of restaurant chains that will help groups raise funds, but each one uses a slightly different approach, so you will need to check with the manager at your location

Fast Food Chains That Do Fundraisers

  • Pizza Hut
  • Papa John’s
  • Domino’s
  • Applebee’s
  • Burger King
  • Wendy’s
  • KFC
  • Subway
  • Chili’s
  • Boston Market
  • Sonic
  • Jersey Mike’s
  • Chik-Fil-A
  • Big Boy
  • Chipotle
  • Fuddruckers
  • O’Charley’s
  • Papa Murphy’s
  • Panera Bread
  • Dairy Queen
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Friendly’s
  • Baja Fresh
  • Ponderosa
  • McDonald’s
  • Chuck E. Cheese
  • Quizno’s
  • Blimpies
  • Cheeburger Cheeburger
  • Little Caesars
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Arby’s
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Sweet Tomatoes
  • Rio Bravo
  • Ruby’s
  • CiCi’s Pizza
  • Black-Eyed Pea
  • Tortuga’s
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Pizzeria Uno
  • Zany Brainy
  • TRU
  • Brusters Ice Cream
  • Fazoli’s
  • Loco’s Deli
  • Taco Cabana
  • Jamba Juice
  • Lone Star Steakhouse
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Red Robin

Fast Food Restaurant Fundraisers

This list of fast food chains that do fundraisers is not all-inclusive, but represents most of the major chains. Each one handles fundraising for schools, churches, youth sports teams and other non-profit groups in slightly different ways.

For in-store revenue share fundraisers, group nights, benefits, coupon days, fun raising, or whatever name they use, your group can expect to get roughly a 15% share of the revenues associated with your group’s orders.

To keep track of your group’s associated sales, most chains want to document your group sales. Coupons are by far the most prevalent method for tracking sales.

Sales documentation methods:

  1. Verbal statement to cashier
  2. Tear-off coupon presented to cashier
  3. Bar-coded coupon from store -generated flyer

Pros & Cons To Coupon-based Fundraisers

Pros:

  1. Easy to organize and doesn’t seem like a “fundraiser” to parents.
  2. Just hand out flyers with information and coupons.
  3. Little stress for the parents.

Cons:

  1. Participation levels are fairly low.
  2. Fast food sales amount is fairly small and you only get 15% to 20% of revenue
  3. Low amount raised per supporter because of low overall participation rates.

Fast Food Fundraising Discount Cards

Selling fundraising cards offering discounts on fast food purchases is a great way to raise money for just about any cause. These types of fast food fundraisers raise funds at a prodigious level compared to using the dine-in coupon restaurant approach.

The discount cards work like this:

  1. You buy the cards in bulk from a fundraising supplier at a cost of $1 to $3 each.
  2. Supporter pays $10 for your discount card good at a single location of a fast food chain.
  3. Supporter receives a two-for-one deal from that fast food restaurant.
  4. Discount cards are good for a year and provide between 12 to 20 uses in that time period.

Fast Food Chains Offering Fundraising Discount Cards

  • Papa John’s – Available through fundraising suppliers.
  • Pizza Hut – Contact your local Pizza Hut manager.
  • Domino’s – Buy their “Delivering The Dough” discount card direct from Domino’s only.
  • Subway – Available through fundraising distributors.
  • Krispy Kreme – Available through their stores.

Pros:

  1. The cards offer a great deal to customers, so they are very well received.
  2. Great markup on discount cards means each $10 sale produces at least $8 in profit.
  3. Each seller sells an average of 7 cards with this type of fundraiser.
  4. You can sell even more than that by doing sales tables outside grocery stores.

Cons:

  1. There is an upfront expense to purchasing the fundraising discount cards.
  2. Not every fast food restaurant chain offers these cards.
  3. Product sales are not everyone’s favorite fundraiser.
  4. Discount cards are good at only one location, not at every store in the chain.

Fundraising Discount Cards for Multiple Merchants

The other approach to fundraising discount cards is to sell one that offers various discount deals  from 10 to 12 different merchants. To include a local fast food location on your version of this type of discount card, you’ll need to contact the franchisee or store manager and get a contract signed.

It’s not that difficult to do, but it does take more time and effort than just selling the regular discount cards. The nice thing about this type of fundraising card is that you can put your group’s name and logo on the front of the card.

Pros:

  1. Good markup on these cards, in some cases much better then the pre-done cards.
  2. Discounts from multiple stores will appeal to more people than a single discount card.

Cons:

  1. It’s more work to put these together because you need signed contracts from all the merchants.
  2. Because they are custom cards, there are no returns on unsold cards.

Fundraising Restaurant Cards

The last alternative is not specifically a fast food discount card. Instead, it’s a discount card providing over $100 worth of restaurant gift certificates from local restaurants.

Fundraising Restaurant.com gift cards

Fundraising Restaurant.com gift cards

This restaurant fundraiser card costs $10 and sells for $20. While that’s expensive compared to other discount cards, the face value of the card is $100 and in practice it can be worth up to $200.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Customer gets card good for $100 worth of gift certificate through Restaurants.com.
  2. They log on to Restaurants.com any time they want and select the local restaurant gift certificate they want.
  3. Many restaurants offer double value on the gift certificates, i.e. $50 gift certificate for a $25 redemption.
  4. Card never expires and customer uses it to get printable gift certificate to restaurant of their choice.

You can find more information and order these restaurant fundraising discount cards from several different suppliers online.

So, that covers all the main ways to do fast food restaurant fundraisers. If you have any questions or want followup information, just leave a comment below.

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