Our history

About the Jeffris Family Foundation

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 1840s. 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.

Jeffris Family Foundation

2022 JFF Board of Directors

From left, Tom Jeffris, Nancy Finegood, and Royce Yeater

What We Believe

Mission & Values

To preserve the cultural history and heritage of the Midwest through the preservation of regionally and nationally important historic buildings and decorative arts projects.

  • Support the preservation of history and culture and the unique sense of place in small towns and cities
  • Develop significant historic sites in eight Midwestern States
  • Assure sustainability and quality restoration through good research and planning
  • Inspire and motivate community leaders and local families to support historic preservation in their towns

The Foundation supports significant projects that strive for high preservation standards and show a strong degree of local support.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

I have witnessed many small organizations and local governments in Wisconsin that struggle to support and preserve historic buildings that have given their communities a sense of place. The Jeffris Family Foundation has a commitment to assist dedicated communities with funding opportunities designed to preserve their architectural heritage for future generations.
Tom Jeffris, President