Once upon a time the Entertainment Book was the biggest, best (and only) voucher book available for fundraising, but there are now other players in the market. We look at what is available and what might be suitable for your school or club.
Kidzabuzz is a Perth-only voucher book, predominantly sold by day-cares, playgroups, schools and sporting clubs. Sold for $25 the return is 25% (or $6.25) and the low cost makes it affordable for most families. The book is highly geared towards kids activities covering most of Perth’s favourite places.
The book is full of more than 350 vouchers and discounts for a range of restaurants, businesses, retail and attractions and makes a feature of local businesses.
Available as a book or as a digital membership, vouchers cover everything from aquatic centres, play centres and zoos as well as movies, holiday accommodation, places to hold birthday parties, retail and much more.
Funde booklets have approximately 35 ‘two for one’ vouchers with an estimated value of $800.
The books are only available in NSW and Victoria, and partners include national companies such as Hungry Jacks, Muffin Break, Village Cinemas and Timezone and local attractions such as Melbourne Racing, the Eureka Skydeck, Sea World and Wet and Wild. The vouchers have high relevance and most people would use most of the businesses in a year without going out of their way, making them highly accessible and easy to sell.
Books are purchased for $10 and sold for $20, making the profit per book $10 or 50%. Vouchers are valid for a minimum of twelve months. There are a number of options including selling on consignment and taking orders. They offer a 28 day invoice period and will accept returns on unsold books.
The Entertainment Book
The Entertainment Book is without doubt the largest and most comprehensive voucher book in Australia, with customised books for each of the states each offering hundreds (possibly thousands) of deals.
The full book incorporates a Gold section with deals for the best restaurants in your city, plus a voucher section covering an enormous range of eateries, entertainment, accommodation and attractions. You can find deals from everything from a new set of tyres to a twelve month gym membership.
Recently introduced is the digital membership, which offers the same deals as the traditional book, but the information is uploaded to your smart phone so you no longer need to remember cards and vouchers. Vouchers are valid for a minimum of 12 months.
The books are relatively expensive at $65 with the profit being $13 (or 20%). Books are sold on consignment, and even if you request 500 books and only sell 450, you can return the other 50 and not have to pay for them.
There is a minimum purchase of ten books to be eligible and only schools, charities, community groups and clubs are able to sell them.
*Disclosure: Fundraising Mums were sent two Funde booklets for the purpose of this article.