JFC helps Save the Children tsunami relief effort

Jewelers for Children, the jewelry industry’s charity, has made a $ 50,000 donation to Save the Children for relief efforts in Asia after the devastating tsunami. The donation came from recently established JFC Endowment Fund.

“Our board of directors was unanimous in their decision to provide some type of relief effort support.” said Terry Burman, JFC chairman. “After investigation by our charity programs committee, we felt that Save the Children’s efforts best fit with our mission.”

Save the Children is a leading independent humanitarian organization working in the United States and more than 40 countries around the world. Its mission is to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children in need.

“We appreciate the generous support of Jewelers for Children,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “This generous donation will go a long way in helping children and families rebuild their lives.”

Save the Children says it will take at least five years for the hardest-hit communities like those in the Aceh province to recover. Over the long term, the agency plans to focus on helping families and communities rebuild their lives through job-skills training and microcredit loans, repairing or rebuilding infrastructure – including schools, homes and health centers — and providing emotional support for tsunami survivors, especially children.

The JFC Endowment Fund was established in 2004 after the successful Facets of Hope event in Las Vegas, JFC’s premier fundraising activity. The goal is to “reach out beyond our four legacy charities and provide the ability to make donations to deserving organizations and respond in emergency situations, like the devastating tsunami in Asia,” Burman says.

Burman adds that Save the Children will provide JFC with direct information on how its donation is being used.

Industry members can suggest any organization they would like to consider to receive a donation from the JFC endowment fund. The fund was established with a $100,000 allocation and the goal is to replenish the fund each year, Burman says.

For more information on Save the Children’s efforts in Asia and around the world, visit www.savethechildren.org