The JAMS Foundation Promoting and Innovating Dispute Resolution Worldwide

The JAMS Foundation

A nonprofit founded by JAMS to have lasting and substantial impact on dispute resolution worldwide.

Our Mission

JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide, established the non-profit JAMS Foundation to provide financial assistance for conflict resolution initiatives with national and international impact and to share its dispute resolution experience and expertise for the benefit of the public interest. The JAMS Foundation is the largest and most long-standing private funder of conflict prevention and dispute resolution initiatives worldwide. 

Funded entirely by contributions from JAMS, JAMS neutrals and employee associates, the Foundation’s mission is to encourage the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), support education at all levels about collaborative processes for resolving differences, promote innovation in conflict resolution, and advance the settlement of conflict worldwide.

To date, the JAMS Foundation has contributed over $10 million to support conflict prevention and dispute resolution initiatives across the U.S. and around the world.

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Connect with us directly to learn more about how the JAMS Foundation works to promote dispute resolution worldwide. Additional information about the JAMS Foundation, including issued grants and awards, can be found in our News and Press Releases Page



International ADR Fellowship Program

The Weinstein JAMS Fellowship Program provides opportunities for ADR professionals from around the world to study dispute resolution practices in the U.S., helping them in their efforts to expand the use of ADR in their home countries and beyond.

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Community Mediation Grants

In partnership with the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM), the JAMS Foundation sponsors the Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program. Each year, the Program provides grants for up to two years to mediation centers working to develop programming in designated subject areas.

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Conflict Resolution Grants for Students and Youth Initiatives

The JAMS Foundation / Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Initiative for Students and Youth provides grant funding for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for K-12 students and for adults working with youth populations.

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Dispute Resolution Education and Trainings

In response to social unrest and violence between police and community members nationwide, the Foundation proudly supports efforts to provide specialized mediation training to law enforcement personnel and to facilitate vital communication between government authorities and community stakeholders.

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Warren Knight Award

The Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award recognizes the work of extraordinary individuals and organizations in promoting and advancing collaborative forms of dispute resolution. Named in honor of the JAMS Founder, the award honors the recipients’ commitment to preventing/resolving conflict in the communities they serve.

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Local Solutions. Global Reach. TM

JAMS successfully resolves business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways of overcoming barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized, in-person, virtual and hybrid dispute resolution services through a combination of first class client service, the latest technology, top-notch facilities, and highly trained mediators and arbitrators. 


Innovating & Re-Imagining ADR

For the past four decades, JAMS has been at the forefront of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), evolving and adapting to meet the needs of the legal industry as well as individuals and businesses operating in a changing landscape.