Charity auctions are as common as their featured prizes. Nonprofit organizations work every year to solicit in-kind donations of gift cards, memberships, small appliances, and free consultations for their live and silent auctions. In this episode, Katie interviews Scott and Eliza Friedman, the founders of Jewels with a Purpose (JWAP). Their business is revolutionizing the charitable auction scene. This organization is building a huge fanbase and reputation for raising significant dollars through its consignment model of exceptional jewelry explicitly designed to do more good.
Size matters for anyone who has ever tried to haul a kayak into an event space or manage the delivery of large pieces of artwork post-auction. The JWAP items are gorgeous, and equally beautiful is that it is easy to feature and deliver the items. These tiny pieces pack a significant impact, with each element holding the potential to yield thousands of dollars in revenue for charities.
Since starting, JWAP has worked with over 1,000 charities! Recognizable superstar nonprofits like United Way, Susan G. Komen, and Ronald McDonald House Charities have worked together with JWAP for big impact.
Jewelry is traditionally considered a keepsake and is often associated with landmark moments or memories. By featuring jewelry at fundraisers, nonprofits unlock the potential for attendees to be reminded of the cause they supported each time they wear their won items. Imagine if one of your top donors thought of your cause and their impact on it every time they glanced at the bracelet on their wrist!
Eliza Friedman founded Jewels With A Purpose in 2005 after immigrating to the United States from Romania. She has combined her love of designing stunning and affordable jewelry with her philanthropic passion for helping causes. By fulfilling a particular niche in the fundraising marketplace, Eliza has partnered with leading causes. Year after year JWAP works with over 65 national organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Susan G. Komen, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and many, many more!