Learn about KAY Jewelers Philanthropic Efforts
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® opened its doors in 1962 with the mission of finding cures and saving the lives of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that "no child should die in the dawn of life." In 1999, we were looking for a way to give back to the communities in which we operate across the country. Inspired by the courage of the kids of St. Jude, we embarked on our partnership in caring with St. Jude.
In 2019, we presented St. Jude with a check for $5.4 million. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and our Team Members, we have donated $71 million in just 20 years. These funds have aided many programs at St. Jude including the building of the KAY Research & Care Center, which will help usher in the new era of research, education, collaboration, care and treatment of the kids at St. Jude.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world's best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since St. Jude opened more than 50 years ago.
St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent and won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares its breakthroughs, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food - because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
With the continued support of customers and the commitment of our Team Members, we look forward to helping St. Jude make the world a better place for children.
Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F) was founded in 2007 by leaders in the diamond industry, music mogul/business entrepreneur Russell Simmons, and social justice advocate Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. Their mission is to empower youth from countries where diamonds are found to become a new generation of ethical leaders through access to higher education. To-date, over two thousand college-age students across Africa and India have received financial assistance or have been awarded scholarships as a result of the generous support received from the diamond industry. Those that have since graduated have returned home to support their families and create opportunity in their communities.