A pancake breakfast fundraiser is a wonderful way to raise money for a worthy cause. The concept is simple: gather your community together and raise money by serving a pancake breakfast. Waffles work, too. Charge an admission fee that will go towards your charity or cause, and be sure to leave a donation jar out for people to chip in a little extra if they choose.
Hosting a Breakfast Fundraiser
There are a number of steps you’ll want to follow to help you plan, promote, and manage your pancake breakfast fundraiser. Be sure to be organized so your event runs smoothly. By utilizing fundraising software, you can create a website for your pancake breakfast where you explain the cause of the fundraiser, who will benefit from the money raised, and how people can help. You can post the breakfast menu, list serving times, and event location. You can also post photos, and allow volunteers and sponsors to sign up online, and be sure to provide an option for people to make online donations if they are unable to attend the event. Be sure to encourage people to share your website link with family and friends via our social media tools.
Another opportunity to consider is incorporating additional ways to raise more funds at your event by hosting a silent auction or fundraising raffle. These fundraisers are also entertaining for guests.
We’ve provided more detailed guidelines on how to hold a breakfast fundraiser.
What You Will Need For Your Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
To host a pancake breakfast, you’ll first need to find a place to hold the event. Look for a large open area, such as a school cafeteria, which would be perfect for a school fundraiser. It helps if the location also has kitchen facilities, but this is not 100% necessary. There are plenty of portable frying pans that can be used to make the pancakes as long as you have power outlets. You can also rent large tubs and fill with water to soak/wash dirty dishes. This would allow you to host the event outside if you want! If it is a church fundraiser, there is often a gathering place for church attendees following Sunday services. This would be an excellent opportunity for a pancake breakfast fundraiser as you already have a number of people gathered in one place.
Next, you’ll need to purchase a lot of pancake mix, which is pretty inexpensive considering how many pancakes can come from one bowl of batter! And don’t forget butter and syrup! Consider offering some other items as well. If berries are in season, partner with some local farmers to see if they can donate some baskets of fresh berries. Be sure to offer juice and coffee too. Often you may be able to get some of these items donated. Reach out to a local coffee shop to see if they are interested in donating coffee for your fundraiser and becoming a sponsor of the event. The lower your out of pocket costs, the more money you raise. Don’t forget some of the basics such as: cook wear, kitchen utensils, plates, napkins, etc. The necessities for any meal!
You will also need volunteers. You will need people to make the pancakes, serve the food, stock the tables, welcome guests, collect the money, set-up, clean-up, etc. You can also recruit volunteers to help you promote the pancake fundraiser by handing out flyers the morning of the event. Be sure to have enough staff so things run smoothly. And remember to encourage volunteers, sponsors, and members of your organization to help you spread the word. Your pancake breakfast fundraiser is a representation of your organization, so the more prepared you are, the chances are your fundraiser will be more of a success.