John Templeton Foundation

Organization Overview

The John Templeton Foundation serves as an international philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. We support basic and applied research on diverse subjects ranging from complexity and evolution, human health and flourishing, positive traits such as creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will, and others. We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.

Our vision is derived from the late Sir John Templeton’s optimism about the possibility of acquiring “new spiritual information” and from his commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship. The Foundation’s motto, “How little we know, how eager to learn,” exemplifies our support for open-minded inquiry and our hope for advancing human progress through breakthrough discoveries.