Areas of Giving

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Franke Tobey Jones was founded through philanthropy in 1924. Today, gifts received by FTJ are used for a variety of purposes aligned with its mission. Contributions benefit seniors who reside on campus as well as seniors living in the greater Tacoma area.

On Campus

Continuing Care provides charitable subsidies for residents who have outlived their resources, through no fault of their own, so they do not have to move away from their home here at Franke Tobey Jones at a vulnerable point in their lives.

Scholarships help employees who are seeking further education to improve their skills or who are pursuing a new career, such as a dining room server seeking a nursing degree.

Our Place Memory Care accepts supplementary funds to enhance the care and programming we offer to residents afflicted with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Health Care Activities accepts supplementary funds to enhance the programming we offer to our most vulnerable residents, who may flourish through social engagement and activity.

On and Off Campus

Wellness Program contributions allow us to charge only a small fee for classes and center use to program participants in order to keep area seniors healthy and active.

Senior Center contributions help support operations of The Pt. Defiance~Ruston Senior Center, located just a mile away from the FTJ campus, where  seniors 55+ can join in fun events and activities, stay active and healthy, make new friends, enjoy a health meal, and share experiences.

Senior University contributions allow us to offer a variety of classes in partnership with local universities, museums, educators, cultural organizations, and local businesses free of charge to adults 55+ who are interested in continuing education.

Where the need is greatest contributions give our Board of Directors the flexibility to meet unforeseen charitable needs by distributing these unrestricted funds to the areas of greatest need as they arise.

Take a look at our community programs in action.

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