February 2, 2005
JCK Fund Grants Awarded
The JCK Shows and JCK magazine have announced the grant recipients of the annual JCK Industry Fund. The grant was established seven years ago in an effort to enhance the image of the jewelry industry and to support strategies and ideas that would further its growth. This year, the five recipients of the grants include the Jewelers' Security Alliance, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the American Gem Society, Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America and Jewelers of America. The grants were given to the following programs:
- JSA received $138,000 to fund the production of a jewelry crime training DVD for law enforcement personnel. By educating law enforcement personnel about the special circumstances within the jewelry industry, JSA says its new DVD will aid in making quantum leaps in fighting crime.
- JVC received $100,000 to support its efforts to provide enhanced legal compliance for the jewelry industry in the form of improved monitoring, education and communication. "We are passionate about being able to continue our quest to enhance legal compliance and monitoring across the board and to ensure greater compliance through educational training at industry events," says Cecilia Gardner, executive director and general counsel. "By developing diverse methods of communicating our core message, including an Internet education component, we are making the industry a safer and more trusted place in which to conduct business."
- AGS received two separate grants of $50,000 and $12,000 to both support their 2005 education program at the AGS Conclave and their AGS Graduate Sales Associate educational program for 2005, respectively. * MJSA received $68,000 to further the development of their "Safe and Secure" program.
- JA received $32,000 to aid them in their project "Protecting the Reputation of Our Products and Business: Managing Social, Ethical and Environmental Responsibilities and Risks."
All applications were reviewed and chosen by a Fund Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from the manufacturing and retail sectors of the business and JCK magazine and The JCK Shows.