The Big List of Healthier Fundraisers
If you have school children you might be like me and dread those chocolate boxes coming home!
Chocolate, cakes, slices, pies, lamingtons, more chocolate.
Hands up. Who ends up eating copious amounts of crap food because you feel obliged?
Yep. Annoying. I usually just donate money and say – don’t give me the goods!
When Australia is in the grip of an obesity crisis and schools are slowly implementing healthy food policies, it seems archaic that these fundraisers are still around.
I think it’s also confusing for kids and sends mixed messages – you can’t buy chocolate in the tuckshop or bring it to school but you can take home a box and sell it!
You can imagine my horror when my daughter came home from school once with a huge box of chocolates and then left them in the car at soccer practice in 30 plus degree weather.
The chocolates weren’t they only thing having a melt down!
I couldn’t send them back now, so between her and her brother the chocolates were frozen and consumed and paid for. Yikes!
However, there are some better fundraisers around. I have researched and asked mums for their tips and here it is.
I have tried to feature healthy, organic, sustainable, ethical or eco-friendly fundraisers (hey, this is the Natural New Age Mum website after all!) I have also featured fundraisers that are available Australia wide instead of being limited by geography. You might also be able to find some awesome local companies like fresh fruit boxes or mango trays that are in your local area.
♥ Lunchbox Recipe Book
My gorgeous friends Anita and Micheline have written this fabulous cook book, Sandwich Free, Packet Free Lunchboxes. It’s full of easy, tasty recipes and ideas for a healthy lunchbox.
Find out more here.
♥ Tropical Harvest Dried Fruit.
I love this fruit – it’s all natural and contains no preservatives or sulphur dioxide. It tastes really good too. Check out the fundraising page on the website.
♥ Eco Store Soaps
The Eco Store have a fabulous fundraising program featuring their natural soaps! Get a box of two types of soap and get back $1 per bar! Find out more.
♥ 4 My Earth
Julia at 4 My Earth has a range of reusable wraps, food covers, food pockets and more that you can encourage your school to be litter free and raise money. Just shoot her an email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. Check out the products here.
♥ Planet Eco.
Planet Eco have an amazing fundraising program this year – Sow Let’s Grow Together! You can make a 30% profit on gardening kits and accessories. Fantastic to get the kids outside learning a new skill too. Find out more here.
Fundraise with compost bins and worm farms! Legendary. Find out more.
♥ Whole Kids.
A great fundraiser with Whole Kids organic fruit bars! Perfect for lunch boxes. Read more at the website.
♥ My Green Lunchbox.
My Green Lunch Box is your solution to Rubbish Free Lunch Days – it’s a simple, environmentally friendly fundraiser. Raise funds through the sale of BPA free drink bottles, lunch boxes and re-usable sandwich wraps. Contact Lindy through her website.
♥ Educational Toys.
Educational Experience Fundraising specialize in fundraising and have a huge range of good quality, educational toys and games. Check out the website.
♥ Gingerbread Folk.
Yummy Aussie made gingerbread that has no artificial stuff. The kids will love it. The gingerbread houses sell really well at Christmas time. Check out more info at the website.
♥ Eco Switch.
A cool product that helps the environment, contributes towards world-wide energy efficiency and also saves you money. Got to be on a winner with this one. Check out the Eco Switch website.
Eco-friendly pens, pencils and coloured pencils. All packed and ready to go in tubs of 50, Smencils are made from recycled materials and are non-toxic. Find out more.
♥ Living Fundraisers.
An awesome company that has all sorts of awesome products you can use to raise money. Choose from herb, fruit, vege and flower kits, gift cards and more. Take a look at the website.
♥ Fair Trade Soap Nuts
The Fair Trade Fundrasing website has a few products you can raise funds with, but I love the soap nuts! Find out more.
Get the kids away from plastic drink bottles and onto safe stainless steel ones with a Cheeki fundraiser. Check out the website.
Awesome kid friendly products like apple slinky machines, smoothie bike and kid safe knives. Find out more here.
♥ Greenaid Bandaids
A very cool initiative with 100% of Greenaid’s profits going to charity, your fundraiser will be helping those less fortunate! Your organisation gets a massive 50% of the sales of green bandaids. What a fun initiative! Read more here.
Sinchies are reusable pouches that save you money and save the environment! Make healthy whole food at home and pop it into a pouch. No more expensive and wasteful packaged snacks. Check it out here.
They may not be 100% perfect but they are definitely a step up from chocolate boxes and may just be the perfect compromise. Smooze are dairy free fruit smoothies that you freeze. Find more more here.
♥ Seeds for the Future
Seeds for the Future provide organic seeds in 100% recycled packaging as an ethical, healthy, educational and environmentally friendly fundraiser! What’s not to love? Check it out here.
If you are not into organic seeds, Yates now do a fundraiser too.
Stickybeaks have a range of products including reusable lunch ordering sacks for the tuckshop. You can make up to 77% profit! Find out more here.
♥ Veggie Smuggler’s Cookbook
Earn up to 43% profits selling this healthy recipe book! Wendy from Vegie Smugglers makes the whole process so easy for you and people will love the easy, family friendly recipes. Find out more here.
♥ Who Gives a Crap
Awesome Aussie company, Who Gives a Crap offers toilet paper that is not only recycled and plastic free but also that gives back 50% of their profits to charity! Coming up very soon WGAC are having a dedicated school fundraising option (I will keep you in the loop) but for now you can buy the toilet paper in bulk at a reduced price and onsell it for the regular price. Everyone needs toilet paper, right??
Go here for more.
♥ Cut Out The Crap Recipe Book
The amazing Collette from Cut Out The Crap has just started a fundraising program with one of her best-selling cookbooks, Lunch Box Solutions. You can make up to 40% profit. Check it out here.
What has your school done for fundraisers? How do you convince people to choose an healthier option? I would love to know your thoughts.