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JCF Announces Local Grants Program

Jewelers for Children has announced a new Local Grants program that will be driven by independent retailers across the country.

JFC has set aside $ 100,000 to be used for 10 - $ 10,000 grants to local organizations. Independent jewelers will have an opportunity to nominate a local organization to receive one of these grants. Once a final list of nominated charities is compiled, the retailer will be responsible for motivating their constituents to vote for their charity through a Facebook based campaign on JFC's page.

It will be up to the jeweler and the nominated charities to generate interest in their organization by securing votes through their own social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, email blasts, and any other advertising opportunities available.

The nomination period for charities begins September 18 and will run through October 4.Voting begins on October 15 and ends October 30th. The top 10 vote getters will be announced on October 31, and grants will be made prior to December 31.

Each of the ten jewelers who nominate the winning charities will be presenting the grant from JFC directly to the charity on behalf of the jewelry industry. JFC will announce the winners and jewelers to the trade and will be supplying a press release template for each jeweler to secure local (and possibly, national) recognition for their success in their own market.

"The Local Grants program presents a fantastic opportunity for local, independent jewelers to become heroes in their communities. said Ruth Batson, vice president for charity programs for JFC. Ten well deserving organizations will have an opportunity to grow their programs thank to their local jeweler."

Details on how to participate in the program and the requirements for nominated charities can be found on JFC's website at www.jewelersforchildren.org, under the Happenings section. Retailers will find a form to print out, complete and return to JFC to nominate their local charity for consideration.

Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated nearly $ 43 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect. This nationwide success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals, and jewelry consumers. Visit our website at www.jewelersforchildren.org.