Children-Our Most Precious Resource

Children are precious gems that should shine in any setting. Sadly, too many struggle daily against catastrophic illness, abuse and neglect. That’s where your business can help. Adopting a simple JFC fundraising program can make a big difference in small lives.

You will find that helping children is a gratifying experience your employees and customers can get behind with a smile. And JFC is prepared to support your efforts.

It’s easy, just:

  • Brainstorm fundraising ideas in-house with key employees.
  • Set a timeline for the event and a monetary goal.
  • Consider offering incentive prizes to staff who meet predetermined sales goals.
  • Promote the fundraiser to staff and customers with handouts, posters, bag stuffers, paycheck stuffers, etc.-and keep the excitement ramped up with regular updates on how the promotion is going.
  • Use email or direct mail to invite loyal customers to participate.
  • Tell the media in a press release. The fundraiser benefits from the free exposure, as does your store!
  • Let JFC know what you’re doing, and remit proceeds on a timely basis. We may have ideas for making the promotion even bigger and better.
  • When the promotion ends, discuss in house its strengths and weaknesses. Then decide how to improve it for next year. Support for children should be an ongoing endeavor!

Need ideas? Check out programs available through JFC.

Promote Your Involvement!

JFC Partnership Guidelines
JFC Partnership Application
Implement a holiday “wish list” program that is built around an in-store event where your customers can shop and prepare their own wish list. They identify the gift givers in their lives and you can contact them and invite them to stop in and shop from the wish list for the important people in their lives.

For an example of how one jeweler used a Wish List program, click here.

Donate proceeds or a portion of the proceeds from watch battery replacements to the JFC. Or offer complimentary replacements in exchange for a $10 donation to the JFC. Promote the program through the media and in-store with a message such as, “Let us change your watch battery and together we’ll change the life of a child.”

To read one success story, click here.

Partner with a supplier or retailer to offer a specific product to customers to raise money for JFC. Through such a program, the supplier would donate a specific amount to the JFC for every product sold while benefiting from additional promotional value as their brand is highlighted to retail customers. Traditional incentives offered by suppliers might be forfeited in exchange for their support of your JFC fundraising program. A number of companies in the industry produce a specific product that benefits JFC.

To read how some companies are working with JFC, click here.

March for a Cause is a simple way for manufacturers, designers, and retailers to raise money for JFC and reap the benefits of cause marketing.


For more information about March for a Cause, click here.

Hosting a community-wide fundraising event is a great way to raise money for the JFC while raising awareness of your company’s brand. Many jewelers have had success hosting golf or tennis tournaments, walk-a-thons, races, and even miniature golf events. Be creative and raise money while having a great time doing something your employees, customers and the community will enjoy! And consider soliciting other local businesses such as food and beverage suppliers to either donate or offer reduced rates on their products and services to help you offset your costs and maximize your donation to the JFC.
Similar to a percentage of sales, but requires the customer to make a store purchase before being offered the JFC fundraising product for purchase. This program creates an exclusive opportunity that is only available to customers of the store and could include such products as plush items, jewelry boxes, charms, rubber bracelets, holiday ornaments, etc.

To read about how one jeweler uses this program, click here.

Sponsoring special event fundraiser’s is a great way to host customers in your store, feature your merchandise and show your support for a great cause. Offer a spectacular piece of jewelry as an auction or special drawing prize and provide jewelry cleaning, sizing or other services for customers who participate in the auction. A request can also be made through the JFC to invite a charity representative and/or family to be the special guests at your event.

Examples:

An open house invitation to the celebrate the new store of Jewelry Creations and announcing a Jewelers for Children charity raffle
Jewelers for Children promotional ad explaining how the percentage of your purchase benefits JFC for retailers
Offer a specific product or product line to customers and donate a percentage of the sales price to the JFC. Products can be existing merchandise on hand or new products specially designed and branded for the Jewelers for Children. This is similar to a co-op program with a manufacturer, but relates to a jeweler using product in their store vs. purchasing product from a manufacturer who has an arrangement with JFC.
The customer is asked at the register if they would like to roundup their purchase price to the nearest dollar, or add a specific dollar amount to their bill in support of the cause. Roundup participants could be offered a free gift opportunity or service such as sizing or jewelry cleaning in exchange for their gift.
During a designated promotional period, a set donation amount would be donated to the JFC for every store gift certificate sold. An enclosure card could be created to accompany the gift certificate with a message to the recipient about how their gift is also a gift for children supported by the JFC.
A “pin-up” is offered for purchase to customers for a price point of $5 or $10, added on to their bill at the register. The pin-up is traditionally made of paper, and hung around the area of purchase with the customer’s name written on the pin-up. The pin-up could feature a tear-off bounce-back coupon or special gift opportunity for a service such as sizing or jewelry cleaning for the customer.
Another pin-up concept would be to offer the customer a paper “link” that would be combined with other customers’ links to create a long bracelet to display in your store. This could present an interesting media opportunity by having customers and employees spread across the store holding the long link bracelet.
Involve your employees in your fundraising by holding special events and promotions. Have an employee bake sale, a raffle or silent auction, or offer a jeans day to those employees who make contributions.

For more ideas on involving your employees, click here.

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