Partner With Us

If you have in mind a high-impact policy intervention that is underinvested, please contact us

Across all of our initiatives, we run evaluations, conduct policy analysis, and generate and run responsive models. These capacities function as a policy shop intended for both existing JFI work and external partners, with the power to turn around high-quality research to serve project areas old and new.


We’re actively seeking new ideas from our community — and from you.

There are many forms our work with you can take, from light touch to deeply involved. Our collaboration can take the form of a conversation: your suggestions for new JFI initiatives, or consultative dialogues about your own work. It might involve financial or partnering support for our existing core initiatives. We can also provide operational and staff support in standing up your own kindred organization; initial research and advice on new organizational scopes of work, or, at the most substantial end of the spectrum, design, research, and program evaluation.

In the long term, we hope to foster an ecosystem of like-minded organizations to amplify and stabilize effective social interventions. We would welcome proposals for any level of engagement.

Explore our affiliate and emerging initiatives.

Learn more about our affiliate and emerging initiatives here.

New Institute of Political Economy

Center for Active Stewardship

Fund for Guaranteed Income

Strategic Decarbonization of the EU

Featured Work

Research and Development for the Compton Pledge

We partnered with former Compton mayor Aja Brown and Fund for Guaranteed Income (F4GI) founder Nika Soon-Shiong on design, strategy, and research on this 800-recipient guaranteed income pilot in Compton, California.

Modeling and Staffing for the Student Freedom Initiative

Robert Smith partnered with JFI’s implementation team to build the Student Freedom Initiative, which disburses funds to students at dozens of HBCUs and MSIs.  With flexible income-contingent financing and student supports, this program alleviates student loan burdens, which disproportionately affect Black and minority populations. JFI created the program’s design and analytics.

Lessons from Maricá, Brazil’s Solidarity Economy

JFI partnered with political leaders and researchers in Brazil to assess a 42,000-recipient guaranteed income policy. Working with Maricá’s mayor, Fabiano Horta, formal federal senator Eduardo Suplicy, and researchers from the Universidade Federal Fluminense, JFI’s empirical team designed a study to scrutinize the unique effects of the world’s largest and richest city-based cash transfers.

Center for Active Stewardship

Launched in 2022, the Center for Active Stewardship studies the relationship between the asset management industry and private sector action on climate change. Its first major project, a rating system of mutual funds and ETFs, highlights proxy voting as a mechanism for environmental action. A private philanthropist approached JFI with the Center’s theory of change, seeking our help with staffing, structure, research support, and strategic advice.

The Global Data Access Initiative

JFI is a partner of the Global Data Access Initiative (GDAI), an initiative of UN Global Pulse that aims to gather and make public third-party data in service of humanitarian and development goals. A member of GDAI’s steering committee, JFI provides guidance on ethics, oversight, and applied research as part of our AI for the Public Good affiliate initiative.

Millennial Student Debt

In this ongoing research series, JFI’s Higher Education Finance team has built a country-wide analysis and visualization of student debt and its relationship with demographics, schools, and labor market characteristics, and how these relationships have changed over the past decade. This uniquely rich and granular data project has informed Congressional committees, major media analyses, and the work of student-advocacy coalitions.

The Strategic Decarbonization of the European Union

For this affiliate initiative, in partnership with the Atlantic Council, JFI has designed a series of convenings in Europe to take place over 2023. Our fellows are providing research, framing, and policymaker outreach to build strategies for a future of sustainable and secure energy in the EU.

Brazil’s Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds

The Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds in Brazil builds innovative pathways for increasing the capacity of publicly-held assets to fund bold new social programs. Led by VP Paul Katz, JFI has worked with Brazilian partners to launch the forum, bringing together fund managers and political leaders into conversation with experts from academia and finance, and building the modeling capacity of the member funds.