Another easy fundraising idea is to do a restaurant fundraiser where you arrange a revenue share with a local eatery for all the business that your group refers to them on a particular day or night. Many fast food outlets will help support your cause this way including McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Applebees, Chipotle Grill, Chic-Fil-A, and many other chains. In many cases though, these fast food chains are owned by franchisees who may or may not want to do a revenue share.
Ideas For Restaurant Fundraisers
Restaurant fundraisers work great for schools, sports teams, churches, scout groups and many other nonprofits that can produce a good turn out. The revenue share offered by the restaurant chains varies by location and profit margin. Most of the time, you can expect something in the 10% to 20% range.
Raising Money With A Restaurant Revenue Share
How It Works
You approach the manager of the restaurant during non-peak hours and find out if they support this type of fundraiser. If they do, then find out how to reserve a day for your group and what method they will use to track the revenue.
Usually, its something simple like telling the cashier about your group affiliation when you place your food order. The restaurant then codes those sales as a revenue share, sets aside a percentage of those sales for your group, and then a few days later cuts your group a check.
Other times, a restaurant will supply pre-printed flyers with a tear-off form at the bottom. Your supporters must hand the tear-off form to the cashier when they place their order or you don’t get credit for that sale.
Obviously, the key to fundraising with a restaurant night is to generate a huge turnout from your supporters. That means telling them when it will be and telling them how it works. Do that two weeks ahead of your restaurant night.
Then, tell your supporters about it again roughly a week ahead of time. This time hand out the printed reminder flyers that explain the whole concept. Reinforce the fact that this is a one-time event and it doesn’t count if they go the day before or the day after.
Oftentimes, its a good idea to remind everyone the day before or the day of your restaurant fundraiser. Why? Because people are busy and have short attention spans! Some sports groups even use calling trees where all the team moms call their own sub-group of moms and bolster the turnout that way.
Restaurant Fundraisers – Bottom Line
Its an easy fundraiser to put together and larger groups can raise some substantial sums, but you really need a high-volume turnout. Basically, you’re going to be getting less than $1 a head when its all said and done.
Still, its worth doing because your group is getting a share of money that people are most likely already spending on fast food. And its a fun thing for the kids to run into friends or teammates at the restaurant. Plus, you aren’t asking your supporters to spend money on something they may not want.
You pretty much can’t go wrong with a fast food restaurant fundraiser as long as you push hard for a big turnout.