Dunkin Donuts Fundraiser vs. Cinnabon Fundraiser: A Sweet-Tooth’s Fundraising Guide

Posted by Bennett Slavsky

Millions across the country love to start the morning with a hot cup of coffee, and now they can give back to their communities while they do so! The Dunkin Donuts Fundraiser is a great way to raise money for a good cause while simultaneously helping participants fuel their day with coffee and delicious donuts. This blog post will explain all the ins-and-outs of hosting a fundraiser with Dunkin Donuts, as well as introduce you to another sweet-tooth fundraiser with Cinnabon.


The Dunkin Donuts Fundraiser

Hosting a Dunkin Donuts Fundraiser is just like hosting a Girl Scout Fundraiser, but instead of selling Thin Mints and Samoas, participants will be selling hazelnut coffee and chocolate-frosted donuts. This is a fantastic option for groups and causes whose supporters are spread out and cannot easily get together at the same place and time to fundraise.


Colorful assorted donuts at a Dunkin Donuts fundraiser


Here’s how the money is raised: your organization spends $6 on each pound of Dunkin Donuts’ coffee or dozen donuts respectively, then participating members sell the coffee $9 per pound or dozen. Sales are made by order forms to friends, family, coworkers, etc., raising $3 per individual sale for your organization.


Dunkin Donuts accepts both nonprofit and for-profit organizations to fundraise, but only if all of the proceeds benefit one of the following types of groups or causes: educational, religious, charitable, or community. Verification is required to prove that donations will be made to one of these causes for the fundraiser to be approved.


To set up a Dunkin Donuts Fundraiser, you select desired dates and fill out an application form. The form will then be submitted to the Dunkin Donuts location you have chosen in order for the store manager to approve the fundraiser.


Once your fundraiser has been approved, you will be provided with order forms to distribute amongst all potential supporters. When your supporters place their orders, collect $9 per pound of coffee or dozen donuts with a check that is made payable to your organization.


When the selling period is over, fill out the Dunkin Donuts Summary Sheet indicating the amount of each category of coffee and donuts sold. You submit the Summary Sheet and make a payment to Dunkin Donuts at the same time, with a check or money order that is equal to $6 per individual sale (your organization has already been paid $9 per sale by your supporters). Payment can also be made by credit card at the Dunkin Donuts location.


Once the summary sheet and payment have been submitted, it takes at least three days for all donut orders and seven days for all coffee orders to be delivered to the storefront location. You will set up a date and time with the store manager to pick up the coffee and donut orders to then distribute to your gracious fundraiser participants!


The Cinnabon Fundraiser

The Cinnabon is a delectable treat that can do more than just satisfy your taste buds. Cinnabon is partnered with GroupRaise, offering simple and fun restaurant fundraisers to all nonprofit groups.

Rows of frosted cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet at a Cinnabon fundraiser


The Cinnabon Fundraiser works differently than the Dunkin Donuts Fundraiser. For Cinnabon, all fundraising participants have the opportunity to gather at a Cinnabon location during a predetermined time window to feast on some delicious sweets. After the fundraiser, Cinnabon will donate 15-33% of the total sales from that day back to your organization within four to six weeks!


Setting up a Cinnabon Fundraiser is super easy and only takes one minute! Just follow these three steps:


  1. Search for a location near you
  2. Select a date and time
  3. Press submit!


Fundraiser requests must be made at least two weeks before your desired fundraising date. This is to give the restaurant location time to prepare for the fundraiser as well as to give your organization time to spread the word to as many potential supporters as possible, maximizing the money raised and the fun had on the day of the event.


When the fundraising day arrives, you and your supporters go to Cinnabon during the given time frame to enjoy a cup of coffee along with some sweet treats. Make sure the fundraising participants let the restaurant know that they are a part of the fundraiser and their sales will count toward the total bill.


Fundraising with Cinnabon requires very little legwork for the fundraising coordinator and it’s simple and fun for supporters too! The Cinnabon Fundraiser is a great fundraising idea for groups that really value getting together–it is a perfect reason spend time with one another while simultaneously helping your organization.


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