Every day around the country there’s at least one pancake fundraiser taking place. Why you ask? Because it’s a quick and easy way to generate revenue for your club, group or organization. Although the traditional pancake, flapjack or hotcakes fundraiser has been around for years, it still works. People love their pancakes and are willing to pony up a few extra bucks for a great cause and a great breakfast.
To host your own pancake fundraiser, you’ll need to locate a facility with a kitchen and plenty of seating. A high school football team recently hosted a flapjack fundraiser at a local Applebee’s. The team worked out a deal with the restaurant to open the doors two hours prior to the regular morning opening (8am to 10am) so the team could serve short-stack pancakes to the community. Players sold tickets the week before for the flapjack fundraiser, with proceeds going towards equipment and other activities for the varsity football team. What was fun about this sports team fundraiser is that team members actually did the serving, greeting, cleanup and got to interact with members of the community! The team sold a total of 117 tickets to the breakfast event. Not bad for an easy sports team fundraiser. If you can’t find a local restaurant to help you out, you could try using your school cafeteria or a dining hall.
You should be able to sell tickets for around $10 per person ($5 for kids). Try and keep your food and drink costs down to $2 per person. If you can get the food and drink donated, even better. You’ll want to start promoting this fundraiser at least 2-weeks in advance. Reach out to your local radio and television stations and be sure to promote heavily on all your social media channels. Also, create posters and flyers that you can place throughout the community.