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 more than $45 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect through our charity partners St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, the Make-A-Wish® America, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the National CASA Association. JFC also provides support to the Make-A-Wish® International and the Santa-America Fund. 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.
Our goals are to unite the generous charitable giving efforts of the jewelry industry to support as many children in need as possible. We strive to involve more and more jewelers in our efforts and to promote to the consumer the good work that the jewelry industry is doing through Jewelers for Children.
The support from the jewelry industry has allowed for more than 1,425 children to be granted wishes in the U.S. and more than 12,000 to have their wish granted in India. More than 8,500 children in foster care have been helped with the support from the jewelry industry and more than 120,000 women have received support at clinics in developing countries. Our support has also provided for a bone marrow transplant unit, a chair in Genes and Genetic therapy and a stem cell transplant laboratory, all providing for hundreds of children to be treated for deadly cancers.
In 2013, nearly 3,400 companies have stepped up to become part of the industry's charity.
JFC success is achieved through the use of an extensive network of dedicated board members who are required to serve on committees and assist in involving more companies within the jewelry industry and increasing the amount of support we are able to provide to our charity partners.