Capital Campaign

Campaign Overview

Franke Tobey Jones has launched its first capital campaign! The campaign is an opportunity for individuals, business partners and other friends in our local community to invest through philanthropic gifts in a new state-of-the-art health center and memory care community, which is being built during Phase I of the expansion project.

Why a Campaign

As a not-for-profit organization founded through philanthropy in 1924, Franke Tobey Jones has a rich history and longstanding tradition of meeting community needs. The new expansion project is a natural progression for the organization. Our mission is to enrich and extend the quality of life for seniors in our community. The needs of seniors are changing and the number of seniors in Tacoma is increasing. Our seniors need a new state-of-the-art health center and memory care community in Tacoma. The Campaign for FTJ: Historic Past ~ Innovative Future, will support the essential tenets of the care we provide: Dignity, Community, Innovation.

Make a Gift

We invite you to consider supporting our expansion project through a financial gift. To learn more or support the campaign, please contact Director of Philanthropy Kelly Merry by phone, 253.756.6297 or by email, kmerry@franketobeyjones.com.

Donor Recognition

Donors who invest in the future of Franke Tobey Jones by making a capital campaign gift will be acknowledged through special recognition. This will include recognition in publications, the Franke Tobey Jones website, and at special events. Type of recognition will vary based upon your level of support. Leadership gift donors will be invited to consider naming opportunities of common areas in the new state-of-the-art health center and memory community as well as other select plaque locations throughout campus. For more information, contact Director of Philanthropy Kelly Merry by phone, 253.756.6297 or by email, kmerry@franketobeyjones.com

Campaign Progress

The Capital Campaign launched in the fall of 2017.  The campaign committee leading the effort includes:

  • Dr. Phil Phibbs (chair)
  • Don Franklin
  • Phyllis Gill
  • Nancy Gee Locke
  • Ann Zenczak

Capital Campaign Announcement

April 2019

We are delighted to announce the generous donation of $1 million from the Whisper Foundation, a legacy of the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation, to our “Campaign for Franke Tobey Jones: Historic past ~ Innovative future.”  Thanks to this donation, Franke Tobey Jones is one step closer to reaching the $5 million campaign goal.  The campaign is an opportunity for individuals, business partners and other friends in the local community to invest through philanthropic gifts in a new state-of-the-art Care Center with skilled nursing and memory care, which is currently being constructed on our campus.  The new building is anticipated to open this summer.

The Whisper Foundation, a legacy of The Gary E Milgard Family Foundation (formed in 2001), is committed to supporting the work of organizations that serve our communities. They look for well managed non-profit projects and programs that focus primarily on the health and betterment of Pierce County. Grants are then awarded to organizations that work to improve quality of life and impact a positive change.

Campaign Donors Return to Construction Site

On Thursday, March 21 donors supporting the “The Campaign for Franke Tobey Jones: Historic past ~ Innovative future” got an exclusive update on the project and a second peek of the new Franke Tobey Jones Care Center including skilled nursing and memory care. Contributors were welcomed with a High Tea in the historic Tobey Jones building, which was followed by a tour of the under-construction Care Center building. This was the second opportunity for capital campaign donors to see how their philanthropic investments are being used. Donors were impressed by the progress since the August tour. All are looking forward to the Grand Opening this summer! 

Campaign Donors Tour Construction Site

On Thursday, August 23 lead donors supporting the “The Campaign for Franke Tobey Jones: Historic past ~ Innovative future” got a sneak peek of the new Health Care and Memory Care building. Contributors were welcomed with a morning brunch in the Wellness Center, which was followed by a hard hat tour of the site. This was the first opportunity for capital campaign donors to see how their philanthropic investments are being used. Leading the tour was General Contractor BPCI’s President, Michael Cholerton, the Site Superintendent, Tom Sims, and FTJ President & CEO, Mark Gustafson.

The tour was a way to recognize those who stepped forward early to support the $5 Million campaign, which is still underway, and a way for donors to see first-hand the architecture that will make the new innovative care model they are supporting a reality. Kelly Merry, FTJ Director of Philanthropy, was delighted to welcome this group of generous individuals to the site. The building tells half the story of the reason for the campaign, and it is exciting to showcase features of the building that will positively change the way seniors receive care in Tacoma. Gifts have been made in tribute of family members who once resided here or are currently a  resident; other contributions have been made by donors who want to support an innovative model of  care for the betterment of senior living.  We are planning a tour in September for community partners who extend beyond the campaign donors.