Holding fundraisers at your Samurai Sam’s® location is a great way to help schools and non-profit groups raise money. Customers and employees value companies that work with local groups and give back to the community. Fundraisers help increase exposure for your restaurant, as organizers will market the event and draw new customers in.

How Restaurant Fundraisers Work

A restaurant fundraiser is a joint effort between your restaurant and a community-based group. This group would contact you to request a date and set a time period, during which supporters of their cause or organization would be invited to dine at your restaurant.

Your restaurant would donate a percentage of the profits earned during the fundraiser’s time slot. Some restaurants require fundraiser participants to present a flyer or ticket in order to receive credit for their group, while others commit to donating a portion of all profits earned during the time slot. The percentage would exclude tips paid to your employees and is usually between 10 to 20 percent.

The fundraising group promotes their restaurant night at your location and often provides incentives to encourage people to come dine, like door prizes or raffles.

Obtaining the Group’s Information

You will need to get information from the group, such as their tax ID number, when they fill out an application to hold a fundraiser at your restaurant, in order to verify their non-profit status. In some cases, you might be required to check in with your corporate office for approval of an application. You will need to advise the group as to your policies, including when they will receive your donation.

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