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We are a nonprofit, independent, think and do tank changing people’s lives through ideas, truth, and cooperation.


Everything we do is rooted in research. Filene Fellows, our Research Council, and other leading scholars and thinkers ask tough questions, challenge the status quo, think differently, look outside, and collaborate through research to find the truth.


Through innovation, we turn research into ideas. Filene communities such as i3, the Incubator, and The Cooperative Trust enable bright, creative people passionate about credit unions to develop ideas and test them in the marketplace.


We put ideas into action through impact. We take the best insights, rooted in research and tested in the market, and make them scalable programs that drive change for credit unions, financial cooperatives, and hard-working people.