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Hungry for Change? Try a Restaurant Fundraiser

Posted by Kathryn Davis

No one likes a tedious, time-consuming fundraiser. But everyone loves digging into some delicious food! Hosting a restaurant fundraiser means your organization can have an awesome night out with friends, family, and supporters, and boost your bank balance with every bite.

In this blog post, we’ll take you through everything your group needs to know in order to host a seriously tasty get-together!

Friends sharing a tasty meal together during a restaurant fundraiser.


How a Restaurant Fundraiser Works

Hosting a restaurant fundraiser is as simple as it is appetizing! Here’s how it works:

1. Pick a Restaurant

When choosing the restaurant that’ll be best for your group, you’ll want to consider a few things: deliciousness of food, accessibility for your supporters, and percentage of restaurant donations. Every restaurant is different, and some may be a better fit for your group than others; check out all the participating restaurants in your area!

2. Choose a Date

Most organizations find that it’s best to get started organizing at least two weeks before their intended fundraiser date to allow for the restaurant time to prepare. It also gives you plenty of time to promote the event all over town!

3. Promote Your Event

With powerful tools like word-of-mouth, social media, and your GroupRaise Meal Page, promoting your event will be a breeze. Share the Meal Page with the click of a button, and you’ll be able to provide your supporters with all the details about your fundraiser–and you’ll remind everyone of all the delicious food that’s waiting for them on the day of your event. 

4. Eat and Earn

On the day of your fundraiser, all your team needs to do is show up hungry! Rally together all your loved ones, classmates, colleagues, and neighbors, then head to your chosen restaurant during the predetermined time-block. Simply have your supporters mention your organization when they order, and you’re all set.

5. Sit Back and Relax

And then…you’re done! After your event, the restaurant will donate a percentage of the total sales directly to your cause! No clean up, no confusing bookkeeping, no hoops to jump through. 


Choosing your Restaurant

One of the toughest parts of hosting a restaurant fundraiser is simply narrowing down all your mouthwatering options! Here are a few sweet deets on some of our favorites:

California Pizza Kitchen

Hosting a restaurant fundraiser at CPK is a great way for groups to come together with friends to fundraise.

For all your pizza-loving supporters, California Pizza Kitchen offers an awesome restaurant fundraiser with options that include hand-tossed artisanal pizzas, pastas, gluten-free dishes, and vegetarian options. You can host CPK fundraisers as often as you want, and every time you partner with CPK to fundraise, you’ll walk away with 20% of your group’s total sales!


Find a CPK Near Me



Hosting your restaurant fundraiser at IHOP is a deliciously fun way to raise money for your cause.

And for a sweet way to drizzle on some fun, with hundreds of locations nationwide, IHOP offers a restaurant fundraiser for everyone! Just submit your request 2 weeks in advance, gather your friends and family, and get ready to earn. IHOP will donate 20% of your group’s sales to you in the weeks following your fundraiser! Bring on the whipped cream.


Find an IHOP Near Me


And, Seriously, Thousands of Other Restaurants!

There are countless restaurants across the country that would be more than happy to work with your organization to raise funds for your cause. Check out participating restaurants in your area to find the right fundraising partner for your group’s appetite!


Make Your Request

To make a fundraiser request, just follow these three easy steps:

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