Established in 1987, the John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in the areas of explorations, love, gratitude, forgiveness and creativity. It administers a variety of scientific research work. The foundation supports various programs, publications and studies that promote character education from childhood through young adulthood. The John Templeton Foundation encourages schools and colleges to reinforce honesty, compassion, self-discipline and respect, as well as foster widespread conversations on character development and values. It provides more than $60 million in funding every year on behalf of work in human sciences and theology research, as well as enterprise programs and awards worldwide. The John Templeton Foundation s funding areas include curiosity, emergence, entrepreneurship, evolution, gratitude, reliability, thrift, wisdom, and prayer and meditation.