JCK Industry Fund Now Accepting Entries

Applications will be accepted through December 8 for the 2017 JCK Industry Fund. JCK believes that it is our responsibility to help give back and support the industry through individuals, groups, or associations that continue to make a difference. To date, the fund has awarded over $5.5 million.

An Industry Fund Advisory Committee, consisting of representatives from JCK, in addition to retailers and manufacturers, select fund recipients annually that: (1) improve the image of the jewelry industry in the eyes of the consumer, and/or (2) aids jewelry industry organizations in addressing serious problems faced within the industry, and/or (3) assists internal organizations and associations in developing training materials. Award Recipients are chosen based upon their synergy with the overall core goals and intentions of the Fund. For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit: http://lasvegas.jckonline.com/Press/Industry-Fund-Recipients/.

All submissions are due by Thursday, December 8, 2016. Award recipients will be announced in early 2017.

Grants exceeded $293,000 in 2016 and were awarded to:

Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) and their “Diamonds Do Good” campaign drove a consumer confidence building message surrounding how Diamonds Do Good by engaging the millennial consumer with positive narrative around the social impact diamonds have on communities where the industry does business.

Jewelers Security Alliance (JSA) and Jewellers Vigilance Canada (JVC) teamed up to host a North American Jewellery Crime Conference in September at the Toronto Airport Marriott. Approximately 100 law enforcement and security personnel were in attendance, learning about unique insights on jewellery crime along with new tools that may assist with investigating criminals who are active on both sides of our borders.

Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) published its new guide “Getting it Right – The Essential Guide to Quality Assurance and Control.” This guide makes it easy for businesses at every level of the trade to incorporate programs to check their products for compliance with the necessary legal requirements. Additionally, JVC increased its activities in government relations along with supporting activities that foster greater consumer confidence.

Jewelers of America (JA) will launch their Consumer Awareness and Marketing Campaign, which will support the industry’s need for comprehensive consumer data and an industry-wide consumer marketing program. The program has begun with important consumer and trade levels of research that will be formatted into a variety of reports and tools that jewelry retailers, designers and manufacturers can use to shape their business models.

Diamond Council of America will use their grant funds to support their Jewelry Career Readiness Initiative, a unique and visionary program in which DCA’s accredited courses in diamonds, colored gemstones, and fine jewelry sales are used to expand and enrich high school curriculums. The goal of this initiative is to provide high school students in the U.S. with knowledge and skills needed for employment in jewelry retailing, and to help prepare the next generation of professionals for the jewelry industry.

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