Recently there has been a lot of noise about the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations of NSW submitting to the NSW Upper House of Parliament that schools ‘ban the frog’ and avoid unhealthy fundraisers and instead focus on healthy alternatives in a bid to slow the growing obesity epidemic. You can read a news story here.
I don’t think treating grown-ups like children is the answer to the problem. Individual schools and committees can make their own decision about what sort of fundraiser they’d like to have, and I’d have to agree with the author who says
“Fundraiser chocolates are not the cause of the obesity epidemic. There are clearly no calories in chocolate when you’re giving the money to charity.”
So we will take a look at what is involved in a Cadbury Fundraiser.
In a (chocolate coated) nutshell:
Fundraising Ideas: Selling Cadbury chocolates
Suitable for: schools, playgroups, sports clubs, community groups, charity fundraisers (ie everyone)
Profit: the minimum profit on the minimum order of 10 boxes would be $172.
While the most well-known of the Cadbury fundraising products are the giant (35g) Freddo Frogs and Caramelo Koalas, they offer quite a large range of options including Natural Confectionery Company lollies, Cadbury bars, Toblerone, and a mammoth 10kg block of Dairy Milk (as it costs $210 it is really only suitable as an auction or raffle prize).
All products are sold in boxes, containing up to 50 individual pieces in each.
Cadbury Freddo and Friends Funpack: contains 50 assorted chocolates including plain 35g Freddos, Caramelo Koalas, mint or strawberry twin-packs and Dream (white) Freddo Frogs.
Cost per box: $30
Sale price: $1 per chocolate, or $50 per box
Profit: $20 per box
Cadbury Dairy Milk Giant Freddo Fundraiser: contains 48 plain 35g Freddo Frogs.
Cost per box: $28.80
Sale price: $1 per chocolate, or $48 per box
Profit: $19.20 per box
The same profit applies to boxes of all single flavours, containing 48 items.
Natural Confectionery Company Lolly Box: contains 20 bags of lollies (Snakes, Fruity Mix, Party Mix Squirms) each weighing between 180-200g.
Cost per box: $35.00
Sale price: $3 per bag, or $60 per box
Profit: $25 per box
Sweet Treats Fundraiser: contains 30 mixed bars (Chunky Dairy Milk, Chunky Caramello, Marvellous Creations and Mint Bubbly) weighing between 40-55g.
Cost per box: $35.00
Sale price: $2 per bar, or $60 per box
Profit: $25 per box
Goody Box: contains 50 mixed bars (Crunchie, Cherry Ripe, Time Out, Boost, Toblerone) weighing between 30-38g.
Cost per box: $30.00
Sale price: $1 per bar, or $50 per box
Profit: $20 per box
You can also buy boxes of single flavours, such as 48 Crunchies (30g) which have the same profit per box as the Freddo Frogs.
While not all Cadbury chocolate is fairtrade, the Cadbury Fundraiser 68g Dairy Milk block ($30 profit per box) and 10kg Dairy Milk block have Fairtrade certification.
Costs and Profits
There is a minimum order of ten boxes, but they can be a mix of any ten boxes for example you can order five Goody Boxes and five Freddo and Friends Funpacks.
The cost of this order would be $300 plus delivery. The total sales would be $500, and after taking out the $20 delivery, the profit from selling ten boxes (or 500 items) would be $180.
A school with 250 students, who expected every child to sell one box each, would make approximately $5,000.
Remember that the sale price is a recommendation only, and you can choose to sell the items at a lower or higher price if you choose.
An order between 10 and 15 boxes will occur a $20 delivery fee, while orders of 16 or more boxes will include free delivery. Deliveries are made Monday to Friday and need to be accepted in person.
Because they are a food products, Cadbury cannot accept returns on any unsold products.
The Fundraising Process
While everything can be done online, including ordering, paying and finding helpful tools and check-lists to help organise your fundraiser, you can also call local consultants on 1800 809 444 who will talk you through the process and offer advice about the correct number of boxes to order depending on your circumstances.
Part of ordering online also involves setting up a 28 day account, giving you four weeks to make the payment after the product has been delivered, allowing schools and groups to run the fundraiser with no upfront or out-of-pocket expenses.
It is very common these days to see boxes of Fundraising Chocolate in businesses and offices, and this type of fundraiser often falls to parents to dispose of the chocolates outside of the immediate family. Don’t take this as a negative, as many parents/businesses love it.
A number of the packs including the Goody Box, the Mixed Europe Bar box and All-Stars Box contain nuts (from the Toblerone and Picnics) and therefore may not be suitable for your school.
It is important not to force families to take chocolates, as they may have strong opinions of the idea of selling unhealthy food, especially within sports groups and schools with the Traffic Light System. You can always ask for a small donation ($5-$10) in lieu of selling fundraising chocolates, and if this is an option your school plans on taking, then it is best to survey to school first to see who will take the chocolates and who will offer the donation, so that you do not over order.
Keep the weather in mind when organising this fundraiser and if you are planning on running it in the hot months, provide tips and suggestions on how families can safely store their chocolate to ensure it does not melt.
The boxes do not need to be sold in the traditional door-knock/Dad’s office manner. If you are not looking to make a profit per se from the chocolate, they make a popular and economic way of making DIY lolly buffets, show bags, goody bags for movie nights or simply generous bowls of Freddos provided at Graduation events or Halloween discos (minimum orders still apply).
A normal McHappy Meal with six nuggets and sauce, apple juice Pop Top and small fries (2913 kJ) is about the same as consuming four Freddos (3136kJ). And while I am not suggesting either of these are healthy options, it also makes it clear that banning the Frog is not going to solve the obesity crisis, and everything needs to be kept in perspective.
For more information
Visit the Cadbury Fundraising website here: https://www.fundraising.com.au/