Turning Fun into Funds™ One Event at a Time
You don’t need to be an A+ student to know you can’t spell fundraiser without FUN. When you give elementary school kids the chance to play awesome arcade games, participate in silly dance-offs, and play games with friends, your event is guaranteed to be a great success.
And don’t forget about the best kid’s menu in town, complete with everything from delicious pizza to savory sandwiches. This isn’t just a play restaurant, it’s the most fun place to fundraise on planet earth.
1. Pick a Date
Monday - Friday, 3 - 9 PM
You must be a non-profit public or private preschool or elementary school with 75 or more students enrolled to be eligible. Only authorized school personnel or PTA/PTO representatives can officially book events.
2. Submit a request online
or contact one of our fundraising agents at 1-888-CEC-4FUN. Three weeks' advance notice from date of booking required. If a different time slot for Chuck E.’s visit to your school is preferred, please discuss during the booking process with our reservation specialist.
3. Promote Your Event
Use our online tools, available in English and Spanish, to promote your event. From online invitations powered by Punchbowl to play passes and stickers (mailed to your school 21 days prior to your event) we’ll do our part to help you get the word out!
4. Have a Great Time
You must be a non-profit public or private preschool or elementary school with 75 or more students enrolled to be eligible. Only authorized school personnel or PTA/PTO representatives can officially book events. 20% of profits will be donated to your cause with $3,000+ total dollars spent, 15% donated with under $3,000.
We love assisting non-profits, too! When you plan your non-profit fundraiser at Chuck E. Cheese, you’re helping build your community at the center of play. Learn, play, and grow together as a community.
Chuck E. Cheese's fundraising events have given over $16 million to schools and nonprofits.
School fundraising events are all about raising money to provide outstanding extracurricular experiences—like after school clubs, class field trips, sports teams, music programs, and art classes. Fundraising can mean amazing, inspirational opportunities for children.
If that’s not sparking an idea, check out these fundraising ideas. We wrote a whole blog-full of great ways to fundraise for inspiration.
Where does your school district need assistance? Are there opportunities the children of your community don’t have? Fundraising is a great way to bolster programs that may not get the financial attention they deserve. Give something positive to your school that they’ve been missing with a fun fundraiser.
Pulling off a successful fundraiser isn’t hard with a little know-how. And when you’re planning it at a super fun play restaurant, it’s even easier to get kids to attend!
Every fundraiser needs a memorable name. Make yours stand out by making it fun and unique about your event’s mission. Helpful hint: Rhyming is always a good path to take.
Set a financial goal that challenges you but is also within reason. It’s always better to breeze past an easy goal rather than fall short of a super difficult one. Try writing your target amount on posters and invitations to get people more motivated to reach it!
What cause are you raising funds for? Who will it benefit? Why are you passionate about it? People want to know the who, what, why, and where of it all.
The best way to spread awareness is word-of-mouth. If you want to increase attendance, there’s nothing better than happy, excited children chatting away about the awesome time they’re going to have. Motivate your students to promote the event at school assemblies, after-school activities, in the grocery store, at home, church—anywhere and everywhere! The more people who know about it, the better.
Make sure to be in touch with your donors. Let them know how it went, how much money was raised, and how much fun was had! It’s important to make sure you build a relationship and establish trust for future fundraisers.