The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. We support research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. 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.
The John Templeton Foundation is not a religious organization. In addition, as a private foundation in the U.S., the John Templeton Foundation does not engage in prohibited political activities, such as: (1) endorsing or opposing candidates for elective offices, (2) making contributions to candidates, political parties or PACs of any kind, and (3) endorsing or opposing legislation or legislative action that is prohibited.