Restaurant.com Announces Innovative New Facebook Fundraising App

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Social Networking Tool Provides Teams, Schools and Charities Hassle-Free Way to Fundraise

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This is a win-win situation for any group or organization that needs to raise money. Everything from donating to delivery to redemption is all done online.

Restaurant.com Fundraising debuted a new, cutting-edge fundraising campaign designed to revolutionize how schools, organizations and charities raise money using Restaurant.com gift certificates.

The Restaurant.com Facebook Fundraising application, developed by Easy Fundraising Ideas, gives nonprofits a fast, simple and safe method to raise funds for their events and causes. The social networking platform can reach a larger audience and does not require volunteers to sell door-to-door products or collect money. Nearly 800 groups signed up for the new social networking tool in the first 72 hours.

“This is a win-win situation for any group or organization that needs to raise money,” says Cary Chessick, CEO of Restaurant.com. “Everything from donating to delivery to redemption is all done online. Easy Fundraising Ideas is an ideal partner and a recognized leader in the world of online fundraising programs.”

Friends and supporters are asked to donate $10 on the nonprofits’ Facebook fundraiser page. In return for each $10 donation, the donor is given a $25 gift certificate to Restaurant.com that can be used at more than 18,000 participating restaurants nationwide. The fundraising group earns $4 on each donation.

“The Restaurant.com Gift Certificate is a key to the success of this online social fundraising program," says Howard Gottlieb, president of Easy Fundraising Ideas. “More importantly, there are no product delivery requirements typical of traditional fundraisers. Once the donation is made online, the eGift card is delivered automatically via email.”

Fundraising groups are provided the tools to automatically promote their fundraiser to their Facebook connections or “friends” as well as through email campaigns, Twitter and other promotional channels. The fundraiser can be ongoing so groups can use it as a last minute or year round revenue source. Group administrators are given access to a detailed dashboard that shows them all activity for their fundraiser and allows them to manage their fundraising campaign. Groups are paid on the 15th of every month.

Earlier this year, Restaurant.com was accepted as a member of the Association of Fundraising Distributors & Suppliers (AFRDS), the international association dedicated to promoting professionalism and integrity in product fundraising. The recent induction into AFRDS establishes the Restaurant.com fundraising arm as an effective and credible fundraising product and further confirms its commitment to the fundraising industry.

Organizations can sign up today and begin a Restaurant.com Facebook Fundraising campaign. For more information, contact Easy Fundraising Ideas at (866) 874-8383.

About Restaurant.com
Restaurant.com is the trusted and valued source connecting restaurants and diners nationwide. The company offers savings at more than 18,000 restaurants nationwide with more than 45,000 daily gift certificate options. Restaurant.com brings people together to relax, converse and enjoy well-prepared and well-served meals at affordable prices. Restaurant.com customers have saved more than $500 million through the gift certificate program. Restaurant.com has operated since 1999 and is based in Arlington Heights, Ill.

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