(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, provided $12,500 in funding last year to its state and regional association partners via its Affinity Group Support Fund. State and regional partners can apply for grants to supplement the cost of organizing projects and events.
While the Fund supports the efforts of state and regional association partners, its primary purpose is to directly benefit all JA members. JA has established criteria so that approved projects will have a direct and positive impact on members. For instance, projects focusing on increased member benefits, improved member participation and administrative cost savings hold particular relevance. In addition, proposed projects must directly align with the JA Mission, thereby ensuring the delivery of benefits to individual association members and to the jewelry industry as a whole.
The recipients of the 2010 funding were the New York State Jewelers Association; and the Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma Jewelers Associations, which together organize the Jewelers Executive Conference.