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JTF - The John Templeton Foundation


The John Templeton Foundation aims to advance human well-being by supporting research on the Big Questions, and by promoting character development, individual freedom, and free markets. The Foundation takes its vision from its founding benefactor, the late Sir John Templeton, who sought to stimulate what he described as “spiritual progress.” The Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. It supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and emergence to creativity, forgiveness, and free will. It encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians, as well as between such experts and the public at large. The goal is to spur curiosity and accelerate discovery. The work supported by the John Templeton Foundation crosses disciplinary, religious, and geographical boundaries. Through a wide range of media — print, digital, broadcast, and film — it seeks to raise awareness about cutting-edge discoveries in ways that are clear and thought-provoking.

Board of Directors

Sir John M. Templeton (Founder). Heather Templeton Dill (President); Dawn Bryant (General Consuel), David Nassar (Vice President, Strategic Engagement), Matthew Walhout (Chief Programs Officer). 

The John Templeton Foundation

300 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 500
West Conshohocken, PA 19428 USA
Tel.: 610-941 2828 Fax: 610-8251730
Services and Resources

The "Funding Areas" section contains information on the areas in which the Foundation focuses its support: Science & the Big Questions (the area includes four subsections: natural sciences, human sciences, philosophy & theology, public engagement), Character Virtue Development, Individual Freedom & Free Markets, Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, Genetics, Voluntary Family Planning. "Our Grants" area provides guidelines and technical details to apply for a financing request. A Grants database is also available.

The "Discoveries" section contains a summary of the latest projects supported in the different fields of interest. Through the "News" section, the updated initiatives promoted by the Foundation are available.
The "affiliated programs" gives information about: the Templeton Press, the Templeton Prize and the Humble Approach Initiative.

Several pages are available in other languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic.

Religious Confession

The Foundation does not respond to a specific religious confession; its religious sensibility is born in a Christian-reformed environment.

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Assessed on: March 2022