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Since 1999, the Thomas Jefferson Institute has been dedicated to changing lives through freedom and opportunity.

Through our in-depth research, targeted messaging, and strategic networking, we are the one organization in Virginia that:

  • Crafts broad-based policies to lower economic and regulatory barriers
  • Reaches and persuades the political middle through compelling messages
  • Builds networks and new coalitions of informed citizens

We do this by:

  • Creating intellectual ammunition
  • Leveraging communications and the power of media
  • Persuading the “persuadable middle” with messaging that persuades, not offends.
  • Reducing the influence of our adversaries
  • Engaging Virginians

What makes the Thomas Jefferson Institute different?

Unlike other organizations with a special interest, or that see government intervention as the only solution, the Thomas Jefferson Institute seeks to explore all alternatives, emphasizing private-sector and community-based solutions.

With issues aimed at advancing prosperity and opportunity for all Virginians, we have in recent years emphasized lowering taxes so more Virginians can participate in the economy, providing for affordable and reliable energy for Virginians, and education reforms that empower parents to choose the educational placement best for their child and improves the standards of public education.

Our quality research and analysis is conducted by examining issues through the filter of limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility. 

To advocate, we utilize research, journalism, and outreach programs to transform government and find a better balance between the public sector and private institutions of family, faith, community, and enterprise.

Is the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy a Republican organization?

No.  The Thomas Jefferson Institute is nonpartisan.

Is the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy a conservative organization?

We believe in free markets, limited constitutional government, and personal responsibility.  We adhere to principles, not personalities.  Once upon a time, that would have made us “classically liberal.”  Today, that description is one most often described as “conservative.”

Is the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy affiliated with Monticello or the Thomas Jefferson Foundation?

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was created to restore Jefferson’s home at Monticello, and operates that historic site today.  While we share with it an admiration for Thomas Jefferson’s world-changing ideas, the Thomas Jefferson Institute is not affiliated with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

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