What’s not to love about a pancake fundraiser? It’s filled with warm flapjacks drenched in maple syrup, chilled glasses of sweet orange juice and people gathered to support a worthy cause. From small nonprofits to large community organizations, pancake breakfast fundraisers raise both money and awareness. They bring together individuals and the community, shine a spotlight on a need and give people an opportunity to dig into giving back.
On the flip side, for those running the event, the day can get hot, sticky and stressful. Too many people can be both a blessing and a curse. The last thing you want is to cook up bad PR because your team was rushed, stressed and underprepared. Here are some tips to ensure both you and your guests enjoy a fantastic breakfast fundraiser.
Pick a Date
Make sure the date for your flapjack fundraiser doesn’t conflict with any events that also appeal to your target audience. Try to avoid scheduling the fundraiser on the same day as local school or church events, along with any fairs and festivals.
Choose the Room
Find an ideal location by considering both your needs and your guests’ needs. You’ll want a spacious location with a full kitchen, ideally donated for your cause. Church basements and school cafeterias are great places to start looking.
Advertise the Event
Create flyers to hang up in local coffee shops, restaurants, churches, community centers and grocery stores. Be sure that all promotional materials highlight the cause it will support! Submit the details to calendars on television and radio station websites, as well as newspapers. Connect with local media personalities for pre-event interviews, which not only highlights your event, but your organization’s mission, too.
Continuous Serving vs. Reservations
Decide among your team which system works best for your audience and location. Continuous serving allows people to come in whenever they want, right off the street even, to enjoy a hot plate of fresh pancakes. However, you’ll need manpower for constant cooking and cleanup, along with extra ingredients to feed the masses. Reservations allow you to break up the serving into chunks, with breaks in between for cleanup and trips to the store, if needed. However, this style is more structured and may ward off those last minute noshers. Either way, consider selling tickets ahead of time so that you can get a ballpark headcount to prevent any last minute headaches.
Don’t forget the main ingredient!
With all this planning and preparation, don’t forget the main ingredient – the pancakes! You’ll want a perfect recipe, one simple enough to feed everyone, but unique enough to make your event so memorable that people will beg for it year after year. Try one (or all) of these delectable pancake recipes for your next flapjack fundraiser:
- Orange Blossom Pancakes: Vanilla and orange combine to transform your ordinary pancake into an extraordinary breakfast. Cooking the batter till the edges are slightly crispy and light brown makes the flavor all the better.
- Pistachio Orange Pancakes: The secret to deliciousness? Substitute milk with orange juice! The subtle saltiness and crunch of the chopped up pistachios add texture and flavor – as well as additional protein!
- Blueberry Pancakes: Go for something simple but delicious with this long-time family favorite. Tart blueberries and the light, spongy texture taste even better when slathered with butter and topped with maple syrup.
Pancake breakfast fundraisers are a wonderful way to make people excited to support a worthy cause. And feeding their appetite for pancakes will no doubt fuel their passion for your organization.
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