A Guide to Panera Fundraising, Plus Two More Awesome Options

Posted by Bennett Slavsky

You have loved the bread bowls, gourmet sandwiches, and mouth-watering pastries for years, but did you know Panera Bread is able to give back to its pastry-loving-patrons by hosting restaurant fundraisers? This post will serve as your ultimate guide to Panera fundraising and introduce to you to two other awesome fundraising options!


Panera Fundraising

Fundraising for your organization with Panera bread is an ideal option for all kinds of groups. With a wide variety of flavors to appeal to all tastes, an extensive Eat Well, Your Way vegan/vegetarian menu, a warm atmosphere, and speedy preparation times, a fundraiser at Panera could satisfy everyone from busy college students to hungry little league teams. With 2,000 locations nationwide, there is sure to be a venue near you!


Through their partnership with GroupRaise, Panera fundraising is now completely hassle-free. Placing an event request takes less than one minute and works like this:

  1. Select a location near you
  2. Choose a date and time
  3. Press submit!
Panera Fundraising: a great excuse to enjoy their hearty soup bowls

Fundraising requests must be made at least two weeks before the desired fundraising date. This is in order for the restaurant to have enough time to prepare for the event. It also helps you have enough time to spread the word to as many supporters as possible.


Once you’ve chosen a desired location, date, and time that works for your organization, it’s time to spread the word. Tell any and all group members, friends, family, coworkers, and potential supporters that would be interested in indulging in a bread bowl (or two!) for a good cause.


On the day of your event, supporters come together at your chosen location during the given time frame and enjoy a delicious meal together. To be counted toward your cause, supporters just need to show their digital or printed event flyer to the server. It’s that simple!


After the fundraiser, Panera will donate 15% of the total sales from your event back to your chosen cause within four to six weeks. With average meal prices at $12, this can be an easy way to earn great money for your cause!


Have an office event, team building activity or a little league game coming up? We’ve got you covered- catering orders are also eligible for donations!


A fundraiser with Panera Bread is a deliciously awesome option for groups that value spending time together.  What better reason is there to gather around a table and share a meal with friends and family than raising money for a good cause?


McAlister’s Fundraising

McAlister’s Deli is yet another classic offering restaurant fundraisers, which like with Panera fundraising, they organize through GroupRaise to make planning and hosting events super easy.

The deli serves up a wide variety of gourmet sandwiches and their famous sweet tea in a 1950’s-style diner with a twang of Southern hospitality. Often located in college towns, the large portions and inexpensive menu is sure to satisfy everyone on your club sports team or fraternity/sorority.


Of course the fundraising isn’t limited to college students. McAlister’s warm atmosphere welcomes all groups and all causes with food that will delight all taste buds! McAlister’s has more than 140 participating locations to choose from.


If McAlister’s fundraising sounds like a good fit for your cause, CLICK HERE to find a McAlister’s near you and submit a request. It takes just 1 minute to make a request: choose a location, date, and time, and fill out your cause’s information.


On the day of your event, there is no need for flyers, just have your supporters say that they were a part of the fundraiser upon paying and that money will go to your cause.


After the fundraiser is done, McAlister’s will donate back 20% to your cause within 4-6 weeks of the event by sending a check to the address you’ve provided.



Schlotzsky’s Fundraising

Another cafe/deli favorite looking to give back to their customers through restaurant fundraisers is Schlotzsky’s Cafe and Bakery. Schlotzsky’s has been famous for more than 40 years for The Original sandwich, but has since extended their menu to dozens of signature sandwiches, artisan flatbreads, mouth-watering pizza, soups, salads, and of course their baked goods.

Schlotzsky's Brisket

Their extensive menu and speedy cook time is sure to please all eaters and offers a great atmosphere for any group looking to fundraise. They accept all causes from schools to Scouts, sports teams to church groups and have more than 340 locations on GroupRaise.


If Schlotzsky’s seems like the way to go, the process to book a fundraiser is identical to McAlister’s and Panera fundraising. CLICK HERE to find a location and submit a fundraiser request. Again, the request must be submitted 14 days prior and there is no limit to the number of fundraisers per group.


During the fundraiser, the participants do not need to show flyers, simply state that they are a part of the fundraising group. After the event Schlotzsky’s will donate 15-20% (depending on the location) of the total bill to your cause within 4-6 weeks!


Need More Options?

CLICK HERE to find even more restaurant fundraising options in your area!