Filene Research Institute

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Filene Research Institute
Industry Finance
Founded 1989 (1989)
Headquarters Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Key people
Mark Meyer, CEO
Patsy Stewart, COO
Mollie Bell, Chief Engagement Officer
George Hofheimer, Chief Research Officer
Denise Gable, Chief Innovation Officer[1][2]
Products Applied products for credit unions in digital marketing, social media, website design, consumer debt management, merger analysis[3]

The Filene Research Institute is an American credit union and consumer-finance think tank headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.

History and objective[edit]

Founded in 1989.[4] it is committed to research and innovation to further the credit-union movement. The institute is named for Edward Filene, a Boston, Massachusetts-based businessman and philanthropist who was instrumental in the creation of credit unions in the U.S.

In 2003, the institute started the REAL Solutions project, designed to address predatory lending. The project became a program of the National Credit Union Foundation in 2007.

The institute engages several prominent academic researchers, including:


In early 2012, it partnered with Saveup; a company which rewards fiscal responsibility.[5]

The institute is a grantee of the Center for Financial Services Innovation.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Filene Research Institute. "History". Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Filene Research Institute. "Authors". Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Filene Research Institute. "Products and services". Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Goliath's Organization Summary",
  5. ^ Myriam DiGiovanni January 20, 2012 • Reprints (2012-01-20). "Filene Partners With New Savings Rewards Program". Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  6. ^ Center for Financial Services Innovation. "Filene Research Institute: CFSI Evaluates Finovate Fall 2011 Report Card". Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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