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Al. Ringling Theatre renovations featured in Traditional Building magazine

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in JFF Blog | Comments Off on Al. Ringling Theatre renovations featured in Traditional Building magazine

Al. Ringling Theatre renovations featured in Traditional Building magazine

Al Ringling Theatre in Traditional Building - Oct 2017 issue

In addition to a feature article on the Jeffris Family Foundation, the October 2017 issue of Traditional Building magazine also featured an in-depth look at the renovation project completed in 2016 on the Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

The Jeffris Family Foundation provided a challenge grant to assist the theatre in its $3+ million fundraising goal.

An excerpt from the story:

“We couldn’t be more thrilled,” says Stephanie Miller-Lamb, Executive Director, Al. Ringling Theatre. “It was a public/private project, using both federal and state preservation tax credits and the city made a nice contribution. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation assisted as well.”

“But I cannot say enough about Tom Jeffris and his foundation, the Jeffris Family Foundation” she adds. “He did a challenge grant, offering to match $1 for every $2 we raised within a three-year period. Through the Jeffris grant, we raised $1.2 million right away and that really jump-started things for us. We wouldn’t have been able to do this project if it hadn’t been for that gift.”

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The Jeffris Foundation featured in Traditional Building magazine

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in JFF Blog, News | Comments Off on The Jeffris Foundation featured in Traditional Building magazine

The Jeffris Foundation featured in Traditional Building magazine

The Jeffris Foundation is thrilled to have been profiled in the October 2017 issue of Traditional Building magazine.

An excerpt from the story:

Advertising is fond of the phrase “Looks small, thinks big” as a tagline for high-tech products that are as powerful as they are compact, but it might apply equally well to philanthropic organizations like the Jeffris Family Foundation of Janesville, WI. Though overshadowed by the Goliaths of the giving world, and with a tightly focused mandate, it nonetheless stands tall in supporting historic preservation projects that are under-the-radar, but with outsized impact.

As Thomas M. Jeffris, President, explains, the Foundation was established in 1979 by his parents, Bruce and Eleanor, and Jeffris himself with some down-home goals. “The family felt that it wanted to improve the quality of life of the people of Wisconsin, and through preservation projects in smaller communities because, obviously, these don’t have the financial means of the big communities.”

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Restoration of the Bohm Theatre in Albion, Mi

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in JFF Blog | Comments Off on Restoration of the Bohm Theatre in Albion, Mi

May 7, 2013

I just wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate how important the support of the Jeffris Family Foundation has been to the restoration of the Bohm Theatre in Albion, Michigan. We have made tremendous progress over the past year, but none of this would have happened if the Jeffris Family Foundation had not invited us to apply for the challenge grant to restore the interior.

While the Jeffris Challenge, may be a last in grant, it is really a first in commitment to the project. Starting a multi-million dollar campaign with no funding, or prospect for major funding is nearly impossible. Every campaign needs someone to take a leap of faith and to make a leadership gift that will inspire others. The Jeffris Challenge has done this for our campaign.

To a small town in Michigan with significant poverty, this challenge means even more, it means bringing resources to our community from outside our community, which is within itself a feat, since we do not have the population to secure support from many major foundations and corporations.

The Jeffris Challenge also helps us ensure the highest quality of a restoration project, because we now have the incentive to comply with the Secretary of Interiors Standards.

I would also be remiss if I did not mention how wonderful it has been to work with individual members of the Foundation board on this project, from our first planning grant to the current challenge grant. Their personal visit last summer gave me the encouragement to pursue the Federal Historic Preservation Tax credits for the project, and while our application has not yet been finalized, we are hopeful for the role that the credits will be able to play in our completion of the project.

I look forward to our continued working relationship over the next few years.

 

Elizabeth N. Schultheiss
Executive Director
Albion Community Foundation
Albion, MI

Jeffris Heartland Fund: HSR

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in JFF Blog | Comments Off on Jeffris Heartland Fund: HSR

A guest commentary  by Catherine Howe of the EE Warren Opera House Association in Greenfield, Iowa which received a $50,000 Jeffris Heartland Fund Planning Grant to prepare a Historic Structure Report in 2009.  The Historic Structure Report then served as the basis of a $300,000 Capital Campaign Challenge Grant in 2010 that enabled them to raise in excess of $600,000.  They returned to the foundation in 2011 and were awarded a $70,000 challenge grant to complete phase two restorations, and again they met their goal, raising an additional $140,000.  Today the building the pride of Greenfield, operating as the Warren Cultural Center.A guest commentary  by Catherine Howe of the EE Warren Opera House Association in Greenfield, Iowa which received a $50,000 Jeffris Heartland Fund Planning Grant to prepare a Historic Structure Report in 2009.  The Historic Structure Report then served as the basis of a $300,000 Capital Campaign Challenge Grant in 2010 that enabled them to raise in excess of $600,000.  They returned to the foundation in 2011 and were awarded a $70,000 challenge grant to complete phase two restorations, and again they met their goal, raising an additional $140,000.  Today the building the pride of Greenfield, operating as the Warren Cultural Center.

 

The Jeffris Heartland Fund grant provided the catalyst for the E.E.Warren Opera House Association to leap forward full throttle with a well-coordinated partnership effort in developing and implementing a thoughtfully planned major restoration project for Adair County and ultimately the State of Iowa.  The funds from this grant were utilized for the carefully considered professional research and for design concepts needed to plan and describe goals, space usage, and vision for the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield, Iowa.

 

Funding for the Historic Structures Report impacted not only its completion, but also had far reaching effects in regard to the education and application of the research completed.  First, a Historic Structures Report was a foreign concept to Association members.  In working closely with the team in coordinating its completion, a deeper understanding of the significance of these historical features ranging from events to architecture is a result. The report itself is the basis for all decision making for design, programming, and space usage.  Because of the research completed for the HSR, design concepts used in planning the capital campaign were developed. The HSR is the foundation for development of the interpretation for all facets of the Opera House and Hetherington Block Buildings. The research is used for tours, educational program plans, and grants. This comprehensive documentation, always readily available, is easily an accessed record for marketing, funding, design, planning, preservation, and programming. It is a living document that continues to house discoveries uncovered during restoration and is the repository for present and future significant events.