🍟 8/23/2021 – Crumbl And Fundraising University

Today’s edition highlights Crumbl and Fundraising University, two up-start franchises – both of which only started franchising in the last 4 years!

Crumbl started with “one big dream, two crazy cousins, and the goal to create the world’s best chocolate chip cookie”. Sawyer Hemsley (COO) and Jason McGowan (CEO) dove into the world of baking and tested their cookies 1 ingredient at a time, asking random passerby at local gas stations and grocery stores to try two cookies side-by-side and answer one question: “Which of these two cookies is best?” In just a few years, Crumbl is now known for their high-quality ingredients, iconic pink packaging, and prepping their baked goods directly in front of customers.

Fundraising University is a team of former athletes and coaches who know the pain points of funding sports programs. Franchisees are able to start up fast and operate with low overhead costs. The concept enables franchisees to work with high school and middle school sports teams, with the goal of raising as much money as possible for them in the shortest amount of time.

Both Crumbl and Fundraising University have shown promising unit economics in their FDD’s based on other franchisees performance. Read on for the exact numbers 👇


Crumbl Cookies

Crumbl Cookies opening this week in Madison - Tennessee Valley Living

Background

  • Franchising since 2018
  • Founded in 2017 in Logan, Utah
  • Offers delivery, pick-up, catering, nationwide shipping, via the Crumbl app

Number of Units

Apologies if you’re reading this from the western half of the United States 😔

Fees, Expenses (2020 FDD)

  • Initial Franchise Fee: $25,000
  • Royalty Fee: 8% of gross sales
  • Brand Development Fund: 2% of gross sales

Initial Investment (2020 FDD)

  • $227,666 – $567,833
  • Real estate and improvements include $75k-$250k of the range
  • Furniture, fixtures, & equipment make up $75k-$100k of the range

Financial Performance (2020 FDD)

  • The below financial data from Item 19 of Crumbl’s FDD is represented from the 14 franchised units that existed at the start of 2019, and operated for the entire calendar year of 2019

The Wolf’s Take 🍟 

Even with an 8% royalty, the franchisees reported an average net margin of 21.58%, which is incredibly strong for a food concept (not to mention the average net profit was $284k off what is projected to be a $567k investment on the high end).

The thing to keep in mind is that this is the most recent data provided, and it’s only from 14 locations in 2019. As you saw based on the remaining territory, this concept has had MONSTROUS growth since it’s founding just 4 years ago!

Any candidate interested in this franchise would get to speak to more recent franchisees, so a few good questions to ask would be how their performance stacks up against the numbers in the FDD, and of course if/how covid has impacted operations.

Nonetheless, this franchise has a great founding story, and if they truly do have the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie…then it’s no wonder they’ve grown so quickly!

Recent Press


Fundraising University

Fundraising U | The Best Ideas For High School Sports Fundraisers

Background

  • Franchising since 2020
  • Founded in 2009, currently based in Loch Lloyd, Missouri
  • Franchisees raise money for middle school and high school teams

Number of Units

Source: Entrpreneur.com

Fees, Expenses (2020 FDD)

  • Initial Franchise Fee: $49,500
  • Royalty: $1,500 per month to start, scales to $4,000 by month 60
  • National Brand Fund: $500 per month to start, scales to $1,666.67 by month 60

Initial Investment (2020 FDD)

  • $79,200 – $101,800

Financial Performance (2020 FDD)

  • Below is financial data from 7 of the company’s affiliate locations from July 1st 2018 to June 30th 2019

The Wolf’s Take 🍟 

This is a unique concept that’s in an area I’m definitely not familiar with. The affiliate locations have posted impressive numbers however, and the franchisor has gotten off to a HOT start by selling 48 units in 2020.

I’d definitely do some extra homework on what makes this type of business tick both on a micro and macro level, but if you’re looking for a lower cost franchise that doesn’t require real estate, I’d give this brand a look before more territory is sold.

Lastly, while I wasn’t able to find anything definitive on this, it seems like franchisees make money by essentially taking a small % of the money raised as their own profit, while the rest goes to the school – so understanding the specifics of the contract with schools and ensuring there’s no ethical conflicts of interest is important.

Recent Press

I couldn’t find any press, as the “Fundraising University” search had a lot of cross over with unrelated information. In the absence of press, below is their twitter account, which contains news + updates from the brand:

Fundraising University Twitter

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