GroupRaise Testimonials - Fundraising in the Summer of COVID-19

GroupRaise Testimonials – Fundraising in the Summer of COVID-19

Posted by Laura Bilsborrow

Looking back on the summer of 2020, it’s inspiring to see the many fundraising groups across the country who rose to the challenge of raising money during a pandemic – and succeeded!


Nonprofit orgs, community clubs, sports teams, scouts, and more found restaurant takeout fundraisers to be a creative solution to the limitations of the pandemic. By partnering with local restaurants, these groups could continue raising money for their causes while staying safe and supporting local businesses at the same time.


Read on for first-hand GroupRaise testimonials about fundraising in the summer of COVID-19 and learn more about the amazing causes they raised for!


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“GroupRaise was an excellent way for our nonprofit to connect to a local restaurant while raising funds to support youth in our community. Simple, delicious and profitable!” – Kacey from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands in Omaha, NE, who partnered with restaurant My Pie Pizza


Great Plains

“We had so much fun dining at On the Border for our fundraiser event. We were able to raise several hundred dollars to help support our cheerleaders with expenses towards Nationals later in the season.” – Elizabeth from Union Varsity Cheer in Broken Arrow, OK, who partnered with restaurant On The Border


“This was a very easy way to earn money. We just posted it to staff and put it on our Facebook page. Many more people than who registered showed up. With COVID going on it was a win/win. We earned money and Papa Murphy’s got a lot more customers than usual for that day!” – Ann from Minnesota Valley Action Council in Mankato, MN, who partnered with restaurant Papa Murphy’s


“GroupRaise was an excellent way for our nonprofit to connect to a local restaurant while raising funds to support youth in our community. Simple, delicious and profitable!” – Kacey from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands in Omaha, NE, who partnered with restaurant My Pie Pizza


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Two attendees at My Pie Pizza in Omaha, NE, raising money for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands just by enjoying some delicious pizza! Image courtesy of Kacey Rose



“Thanks to GroupRaise and Smokey Bones, we were able to involve our community in a fun experience while raising funds for our emergency shelter for women, children and pets who are survivors of domestic violence.  Our staff and board members got involved, too, and we all enjoyed the delicious food and the opportunity to give back to the cause we care about so deeply.” – Nikki from Serene Harbor in Palm Bay, FL, who partnered with restaurant Smokey Bones


“Orange Ribbons For Jaime partnered with Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Coral Springs, FL  on June 4, 2020. We were so happy to create an opportunity for our community to give back to our organization all while enjoying some great pizza! We received more than $500 in donations and we were so grateful for all the support!” – Tyler from Orange Ribbons For Jaime in Coral Springs, FL, who partnered with restaurant Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza


“We are very grateful for GroupRaise and Lost Dog Cafe for the ability to raise funds for our school! The profits from this fundraiser were able to support our yearly scholarship in addition to our educational series speaker which educates parents at our general membership meeting. A sense of community is important to ACPS, and while we could not physically be together at the time, it meant so much to bring everyone together in spirit by supporting the school.” – Danielle from Annandale Cooperative Preschool in Annandale, VA, who partnered with restaurant Lost Dog Cafe


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Supporters of Serene Harbor, a shelter for domestic violence survivors, raising for the cause by eating at the restaurant Smokey Bones in Palm Bay, FL. Image courtesy of Nikki Helton


“We raised $200 and had 82 people attend our Leesville Tap Room fundraiser. It was a great time of being together to support our cause. The food was delicious, especially the burgers! The event provided a much needed break from Covid and the restaurant staff made sure that everyone felt safe and welcome. We will definitely do another night out for anyone who wants to support Ft. Bragg soldiers and Marines from Camp Lejeune. Right now we are working on a project to raise $45,000 to buy 400 acres for a camp for our NC Military and their families to use year-round, and having this event in June brought people together to learn more about how we serve those who sacrifice right here in our backyard.” – Kimberly from Operation Resolute in Raleigh, NC, who partnered with restaurant Leesville Tap Room


“I am a dedicated Girl Scout from Southeast Florida that is currently pursuing the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. My project: “Scouting Through The Obstacles” aims to bring scouting to children with different developmental disabilities. I am implementing a scouting program that is specifically designed for the children at JAFCO’s Ability Center in Sunrise, FL. The specialized curriculum for the program includes 18 all-original badges, fun patches, and other engaging activities. With the help of GroupRaise and Anthoney’s Coal Fire Pizza Weston, I am able to cover a portion of the printing cost for the custom badges.” – Hannah from Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida and the Scouting Through the Obstacles Project in Sunrise, FL, who partnered with restaurant Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza



“Over the past few months, we have participated through several fundraisers with GroupRaise. On each occasion, we have earned more money than we hoped. While other organizations have sidelined their fundraising efforts, we have earned over $1,000 with GroupRaise!” – Jessica from West Hills HS Football Booster’s in Santee, CA, who partnered with restaurant Wings N Things


“Troop 115 is so happy to have been able to partner with local restaurant favorite, Fini’s Landing for our fundraiser! Troop 115 uses their fundraising money to support them with their various Community Involvement activities such as Parish Involvement with their host location at St. Cyril Church, assisting the Knights of Columbus, Operation Hospitality, Fall Fair, Eagle Scout projects and many more.  The Boy scouts of Troop 115 are all about helping. Their participation in various activities encourages self-reliance, resourcefulness and confidence, skills that are designed to help them become strong leaders in our community. We look forward to partnering and fundraising again!” – Pearl from Troop 115 in Tucson, AZ, who partnered with restaurant Fini’s Landing


“We sent a cheery email to our singers and fans offering the promotion as a nice diversion in these unsettled days. Many responded to the easy, affordable way to benefit our Mayflower Chorus.  Every little connection helps keep our Mayflower family together.” – Carol from Mayflower Chorus in Novato, CA, who partnered with restaurant Round Table Pizza


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Girl Scout Hannah is on a mission to help children with different developmental disabilities enjoy scouting. Here she is raising money for her project with Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Weston, FL. Image courtesy of Hannah Wagner



“With the support of GroupRaise and On the Border Kennesaw, The Children’s Heart Foundation was able to raise funds to advance the diagnosis, treatment & prevention of congenital heart defects (CHDs) for every child born 1 in 110, every 15 minutes. With fundraising events, we are able to fund promising and greatly needed research to families that walk the CHD journey. We are so grateful to all who support our efforts and have hearts that hope!” – Tara from Kids at Heart CHOA in Atlanta, GA, who partnered with restaurant On The Border


“Our fundraiser with Fazoli’s raised awareness of our work to serve abused and neglected children in our community. We were able to raise some funds with this fundraiser, but we also gained the support of business partners and our community.” – Lucas from CASA McLennan County in Waco, TX, who partnered with restaurant Fazoli’s


“I have been raising money for the American Cancer Society since 2002 when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Finding GroupRaise has been very successful for me in my fundraising efforts.  I have held several events with GroupRaise.  During our May event with Herbert’s Crawfish we were able to raise another $125 and was able to spread the word about not only the Bay Area Relay for life but also Childhood Cancer.” – Pamela from Bay Area Relay For Life in Baytown, TX, who partnered with restaurant Hebert’s Crawfish Co.


Host Your Own Takeout Fundraiser!

As you’ve seen from the GroupRaise testimonials above, partnering with local restaurants is rewarding in multiple ways. A restaurant takeout fundraiser raises funds and awareness for your cause, brings extra business to your favorite restaurant, and lets you take a break from cooking. Give it a try!