[PODCAST] A Dazzling Approach to Charity Auctions

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.

Small Items with Big Impact

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. 

Meaningful Memories

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! 

About Jewelry Designer Eliza Friedman and Jewels with a Purpose

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!

Shout out to DonorBox for making this episode possible!

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Katie Appold

Katie’s nonprofit career includes a variety of leadership roles for human service, foundation, and publishing-related nonprofits as well as many volunteer roles. Under Katie’s leadership, nonprofit organizations have developed new programs related to free healthcare, affordable and accessible housing and literacy programs for K-12 students. In her first Executive Director role, Katie increased the annual revenue of the organization she led by 300% and received the top grant prize in the nation for affordable housing through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. Today, she leads Nonprofit Hub and Cause Camp, which collectively serve more than 50,000 nonprofits throughout North America. Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in business administration and a masters degree in nonprofit leadership. Katie serves as the board president of Gracious Grounds, a housing organization serving individuals with disabilities. She is an active member of the Grand Rapids Young Nonprofit Professionals, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Cause Network, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

April 22, 2022

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