IIJA 501(c)3 Non-Profit Education Organization

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About the Non-Profit IIJA

The Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal is pleased to announce our new status as a 501(c)3 tax exempt, non-profit education organization based on a letter of confirmation from the US Internal Revenue Service dated 2 February 2017, and now updated with our new name: Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal. The IIJA is formally a non-profit, tax exempt charity organization whose purpose is to further the study of gemology and jewelry appraisal for the benefit of the jewelry industry in general, and specifically those who would benefit from an education in gemology or jewelry appraisal but are unable to participate in the industry due to the current high cost of education, or other factors.

The IIJA has three main goals as a new non-profit, tax exempt education organization:

  1. Provide world-class education programs in gemology and jewelry appraisal at tuition prices that make the study of these subjects more available and more affordable to a wider range of people interested in entering these fields,
  2. Provide scholarships to make the study of gemology and jewelry appraisal available to underprivileged, physically challenged and financially challenged individuals who would benefit from this study, and
  3. Provide technical support and training to assist home town, independent retail jewelers to better compete in the changing world gemstone market.

To accomplish these goals the IIJA will be re-instating our ComVet Scholarships, Gemologist Apprentice program, Gem Shopping at APO and FPO Bases, and other programs. We will rely on the tax-deductible donations of our IIJA Global Network to meet these goals.

Donations are Tax Exempt

Based on the IRS decision, all financial donations to the IIJA are tax deductible under IRC 170. Furthermore, donations of bequests, devises, transfers and gifts are tax deductible under IRC Sections 2055, 2106 or 2522.

Please remember: All donations to the IIJA are tax deductible and go 100% to the operations and goals of the IIJA.

IIJA Board of Directors

The IIJA is now under the guidance of our Founding Board of Directors. These include:

  • Robert James FGA, GG……..President
  • Shelley FitzGibbon, RGA……Vice President/Treasurer
  • Mark Saenz, FGA…………….Secretary

We will be expanding our Board of Directors, as well as Advisory Committees, as the formative stages of the new IIJA are complete. Those interested in being a part of this new and exciting organization are invited to send your inquiries. We are seeking those with special business knowledge, gemological expertise and financial resources.

We appreciate the ongoing support of this effort from everyone, and thank you for sharing our vision for the future. The study of gemology is not rocket science, and it should not cost as much as a rocket scientist degree to study gemology. From today forward the IIJA makes our commitment to provide quality education programs in a non-profit, tax-exempt environment that will help spread the love of gemstones around the world.

Respectfully submitted to our IIJA Global Network,

Robert James FGA, GG
President, Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal Inc.
A 501(c)3 Non-Profit, Tax Exempt School for the Benefit of Everyone Who Loves Gemstones!


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The IIJA appreciates all donations of all levels. Click the button below to help support this important education outreach for the benefit of the industry. Remember, all donations are tax deductible under IRC 501(c)3 and we will use 100% of your donation toward operations, course development and scholarships. To choose your own level of donation, please use the DONATE button below. You do not need a PayPal account to use your credit card to donate.

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Checks are welcome and encouraged to:

Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal Inc.
PO Box 1727
Helotes TX 78023

A tax deductible receipt will be sent. Thank you!