The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to improving humanity’s quality of life. In the United States, it opens the doors of educational and professional opportunity. In developing countries, it funds vital medical services and initiatives to help people lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. Notre Dame works with the Gates Foundation in the field of global health, aiding populations on a local as well as a continental scale. Read more about the Gates Foundation's work with the University of Notre Dame.
The John Templeton Foundation funds those who seek basic truths—what it calls “the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.” Its work is ambitiously interdisciplinary, bringing together scientists, philosophers, theologians, and the public for discussions on matters of universal import. To the foundation, there is no intellectual rigor without open-mindedness, no clarity of definition without free dialogue, and no progress without humility—an attitude exemplified by its motto, “How little we know, how eager to learn.” Read more about the Templeton Foundation's work with the University of Notre Dame.