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Organization John Templeton Foundation
History The Templeton Prize program was established in 1972 by the late Sir John Templeton to identify and recognise entrepreneurs of the spirit. A financial investor and philanthropist, Sir John early recognised the importance of open-mindedness and encouraged it. He devoted the second part of his life to what he called new spiritual information, establishing the largest annual individual award, currently £1.1 million.
City Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Values Spiritual, social action
Vision How little we know, how eager to learn
Mission the Prize aims to identify entrepreneurs of the spirit, outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality.
Goals To encourage all of humanity to be more open-minded about the possible character of ultimate reality and the divine, by honouring a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life spiritual dimension.
Approach The TP currently makes an annual cash award to a man or woman of any creed, profession, or nationality who furthers humanitys efforts to comprehend the many and diverse manifestations of the Divine. Nominations for the prize are processed, assessed against the criteria of merit and adjudicated by a distinguished panel. The qualities sought in a Templeton Prize nominee include creativity and innovation, rigour and impact. The judges seek, above all, a substantial record of achievement that highlights or exemplifies one of the various ways in which human beings express their yearning for spiritual progress.
Structure Philanthropic trust, funded through the prodigious investment success of the late John Templeton.
Scale Medium
Scope International
Activity The TP honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming lifes spiritual dimensions, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Nominees include representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, but also others as well. The Prize has been awarded to scientists, philosophers, theologians, members of the clergy, philanthropists, writers, and reformers, for work that has ranged from the creation of new religious orders and social-spiritual movements, to human sciences scholarship, to research about the fundamental questions of existence, purpose, and the origins of the universe.
Religion Secular
Words spiritual, entrepreneur
Acronym JTF
Contact The John Templeton Foundation, 300 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 500, West Conshohocken, PA 19428, USA. Tel. +1-610-941-2828 Fax. +1-610-825-1730