The Jeffris Family Foundation was established in 1979 by Bruce and Eleanor Jeffris, and their son Tom. Bruce Jeffris was born of a pioneer family that immigrated to Wisconsin from Kentucky in the 1840’s.

He joined the Parker Pen Company after World War I and retired as Chairman of the Board in 1960.  The Foundation focused on the rich architectural heritage of Wisconsin’s small towns and cities.   In 2009 the Foundation expanded its reach to small towns and cities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio.