The Jeffris Foundation became an integral partner as our firm led a multi-disciplinary project team in the creation of a Historic Structure Report that detailed the historic character of the Cana Island Lighthouse and provided recommendations for rehabilitation improvements.
David J. Brown, Chief Preservation Officer and Executive Vice President, National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Jeffris Family Foundation has made an extraordinary commitment to historic preservation. Their capital grants to preservation projects in small towns across the Midwest provide the critical margin that allows high quality restoration efforts to be successful, and their challenge grant strategy inspires others to help fund those projects too.
Preserving Wisconsin’s history requires vision, commitment and investment. It is gratifying to be able to work with a foundation like the Jeffris Family Foundation that values and facilitates community and statewide commitment toward preserving Wisconsin’s history.
Without the generous offer of a challenge grant by the Jeffris Family Foundation this important local architectural treasure would have been lost.
Wisconsin is doubly blessed to have both significant architecture and a homegrown foundation concerned for its preservation and restoration.
We found working with the Jeffris Foundation to be very easy. They are very hands off the day to day activities, but did provide several useful suggestions that we incorporated into the work plan.
As a historian and archaeologist, I do not usually encounter a donor or private individual who so obviously respects and encourages academic scholarship as a means to accurately identify and restore the past. It is a pleasure to be working on a project where establishing and maintaining historical integrity is
Interpreting and conserving historic finishes are not inexpensive skills. Through its challenge grants, the Jeffris Family Foundation has encouraged and enabled smaller museums and historic sites to devote close attention to restoring historically accurate finishes. It has been a pleasure working with a foundation dedicated to quality preservation.