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John Templeton establishes the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion (now known simply as the Templeton Prize).

An annual cash gift exceeding the value of the Nobel Prize, the Templeton Prize honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.

1972

Sir John Templeton establishes the John Templeton Foundation.

Sir John Templeton contributed a sizable portion of his assets to the Foundation. He expected the Foundation to stand apart from any consideration of dogma or personal religious belief and to seek out grantees who are “innovative, creative, enthusiastic, and open to competition and new ideas” in their approach to the Big Questions. That same year, he was made Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II for his many philanthropic accomplishments.

1987

The Foundation announces its first general research program.

The primary areas of concentration were: utilization of scientific methods in understanding the work and purpose of the creator, research on studying or stimulating progress in religion, and research on the benefits of religion.

1992

Sir John Templeton establishes the Templeton Press.

The Press was established to publish books that promote a deeper understanding of the influence of spirituality, beliefs, and values on human health, happiness, and prosperity.

1997

The first Humble Approach Initiative symposium is held.

“Love & The Ultimate Nature of Reality: Cosmology, Freedom, and the Theology of Kenosis,” was held in Cambridge, England.

1998

Sir John Templeton donates an additional $500 million to the Foundation.

The Foundation then became one of the sixty largest foundations in the country in terms of assets.

2005

Sir John Templeton, at the age of 93, steps down as chairman of the John Templeton Foundation.

His son, Dr. Jack Templeton, assumed the role of President and Chairman at Sir John’s request.

2006

Sir John Templeton passes away on July 8, 2008 at the age of 95 in Nassau, Bahamas.

2008

Sir John Templeton’s granddaughter, Heather Templeton Dill, succeeds her father, Dr. Jack Templeton, as the Foundation’s second President.

2015