Fliers around campus and social media posts about clubs doing a fundraiser at a restaurant near campus are not uncommon at Gonzaga, urging students to support the organization while simultaneously enjoying a bite to eat.
Popular places for Gonzaga University clubs to do restaurant fundraisers include Caruso’s, Blaze and FroyoEarth - all of which are conveniently trafficked by students.
With how covered the bulletin boards in College Hall are with fliers and advertisements for these fundraisers, it seems like there is always some form of fundraising event for GU clubs and organizations on any given day.
Restaurant fundraisers are a popular form of raising money for clubs and organizations at GU. Stephanie Kreamer, treasurer of the GU women’s club basketball team, said that one of the main reasons for this is because this specific form of fundraising is guaranteed to raise money as club treasurers know that people will show up to eat and socialize at the restaurants regardless of any fundraisers occurring. Additionally, it requires little to no supervision from club members to undergo.
Most restaurants are open to hosting fundraisers, especially for university clubs, Kreamer said.
"This year they sent out a list of restaurants with the percentage of profits we get from each one in the club newsletter. From there, we decided on restaurants based on that percentage, popularity of the restaurant and how close it is to campus."
The percentage of profit that the club receives varies, but it is usually around 20%. Many clubs plan restaurant fundraisers through an organization called Groupraise, which usually receives a portion of the profits from the event.
According to Emily Perchel, the fundraising chair for Bomb Squad, restaurant fundraisers are a great way to stir up support from the community, but clubs cannot rely heavily on the profits.
Perchel said that fundraisers take a lot to get profit and need advertising about the event beforehand to ensure success.
“You need lots of connections, not only your friends, but friends of friends and other community members in order for the fundraisers to be effective," she said.
Kreamer said that while these fundraisers are effective if you are trying to raise a couple of hundred dollars, they would require much more effort for larger sums of money.
Despite these drawbacks, Kreamer recommended this restaurant fundraising to other clubs.
“This type of fundraising is really easy," she said. "It doesn't take much time out of anyone's day, and we know people will show up -- especially our friends! It is quick and we do not have to be there. Our main job is just to let everyone know and spread the word.”