“It is the manners and spirit of a people

which preserve a republic in vigor.” — Thomas Jefferson

The Jefferson Legacy Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan 

organization dedicated to celebrating, applying, and raising awareness 

of Thomas Jefferson's living legacy in a modern world. 

Jefferson's legacy includes models for:


  • civic responsibility 
  • active participation in society 
  • revitalization of democracy 
  • lifelong learning 
  • service to others
  • the pursuit of happiness. 


Our programs, publications, projects, and partnerships — designed to highlight fundamental ideals for our country — serve students and life-long learners of all ages; educators; scholars, academic and public historians; government and civic organizations; 

as well as historical societies and their members.

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Jamie Wyeth. Used with permission of the artist. Copyright © Jamie Wyeth.