If you’re looking to give back at your restaurant and better your local community, fundraisers should sit at the tip-top of your list. These community-building events are unparalleled in their ability to build community as well as help restaurants grow. And while fundraisers are easy events for restaurants to host, managing a successful fundraising program can be daunting. From screening organizations, to vetting (and storing) tax information, to scheduling and planning events, it can be a handful for the busy restaurateur (not to mention creating marketing flyers and cutting donation checks). It’s a lot of work!
Thankfully, there are several fundraising platforms available today, like Force4Good and GroupRaise, that leverage technology to make managing a fundraising program easy and scalable. From white-labeling, to automation, to tax and marketing support, a solid fundraising platform will take your program to the next level.
But which fundraising platform is right for your restaurant? There are several platforms available, but today we’ll focus on Force4Good (our own software) and another popular option, GroupRaise. There are certain aspects that GroupRaise is great at and others that Force4Good is better suited to handle. We’re going to look at a few different categories and break out how each platform handles each.
Overview: GroupRaise & Force4Good
GroupRaise: GroupRaise is a platform that provides fundraisers to businesses. The fundraisers are hosted on GroupRaise’s website and communicated through GroupRaise emails. The service’s marketing tools and support are more limited and GroupRaise does not validate partner tax information. The platform is designed for restaurants to fundraise independently, as each store’s data is held within a separate account.
For the fundraiser facilitator that is looking for a simple platform to start their program and isn’t planning on hosting many fundraisers, GroupRaise may be totally suitable for your needs. If you feel confident in your non-profit tax knowledge, have the time to manage the admin work, and have a single restaurant location, GroupRaise has plenty of power to get you there.
Force4Good: From a high level, Force4Good provides a fundraiser experience that is white-labeled and hosted on a dedicated and branded website. The platform comes with robust fundraiser marketing tools and support, including full IRS compliance for tax-deductible donations and thorough automation to reduce admin time. Force4Good was designed as an enterprise-level platform with chains and franchisees in mind, allowing groups of restaurants to share reporting, contacts, and host multi-location, regional, or even national fundraisers.