About Stories of Impact

Since 2010, Templeton World Charity Foundation has given hundreds of grants to projects in more than 40 countries across a broad range of areas. Produced by Richard Sergay, the award-winning Stories of Impact video and podcast series brings to life the human narratives behind these projects. The video series has earned three Telly Awards, a Jackson Wild Media Awards, and a Novim Epiphany Award, among other honors.

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The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

What does it mean to be human? How can we promote human flourishing in a digital world? Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft’s research tackles artificial intelligence, technology, and ethics.

Research, Engagement and Parliamentary Assistant to the Bishop of Oxford

Building Forgiveness Around the World

Forgiveness can transform your life. Everett Worthington’s pioneering REACH method has helped thousands of people—including himself—reap the mental and physical benefits of forgiveness. 

Building More Forgiving Communities around the Globe through Engagement to Complete Do-It-Yourself REACH Forgiveness Workbooks​​


The Chestnut Tree: Bringing Back an American Icon

In this groundbreaking project, William Powell aims to restore the iconic American chestnut tree to its former glory by engineering a blight-resistant chestnut.

Restoration of the American Chestnut Tree


Understanding Social Cognition in Autism

Sue Fletcher-Watson’s inspiring project aims to challenge how we think about autism, reframing it not as a disability but a difference.

Neurodiverse Intelligence? An examination of culturally-specific social intelligence among people on the autism spectrum.


The Honeybee Brain

Andrew Barron, a leading expert on animal cognition, discusses how the brains of honeybees can provide a model for studying diverse intelligence

An analysis of the distribution of degrees of intelligence across animal groups​

Citizenship in a Networked Age

Featuring Dr. Vint Cerf, Michael Wear, and Nuala O'Connor, this video explores what “good” citizenship means in the twenty-first century.

Citizenship in a Networked Age | A Report on Civic Ideals

Humpback Whale Songs & the Search for Alien Intelligence

By studying the songs of humpback whales, Laurance Doyle (SETI Institute) aims to uncover the vast wellsprings of communications that exist throughout Planet Earth—and beyond

Humpback Whales: Quantifying and Interacting With Their Global Intelligence

How Does Altruism Develop?

Where does altruism come from? Andrew Meltzoff, an expert on child development at the University of Washington, investigates how childhood experiences shape human values

​Promoting Altruism in Children

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Us Be More Moral?

By pairing the power of AI systems and human wisdom, scientists at Duke University hope to offer a tool for strengthening our moral capacities.

How to Use Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Human Moral Intelligence​​


Putting Our Heads Together | A Global Community to Study Animal Cognition

A game-changing tool developed by evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare lets scientists collaborate on questions of animal cognition not possible in the past.

Creating an Online Tool for Large-Scale Comparative Cognition Collaborations​​​


Program on Human Flourishing

Arthur C. Brooks discusses AEI’s Program on Human Flourishing, an effort to foster a deeper understanding of the cultural underpinnings of free enterprise and entrepreneurship.

AEI's Program on Human Flourishing

The Search for Mathematical Genius: The Spirit of Ramanujan

The Spirit of Ramanujan STEM Talent Initiative finds and fosters the mathematical talents of promising young geniuses who, like Srinivasa Ramanujan, lack traditional resources. 

Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative


Youth Radio Dialogues on Ubuntu in South Africa

Based in Cape Town, the Youth Radio Dialogues on Ubuntu program trained a new generation of radio reporters.

Youth Radio Dialogues on Ubuntu in South Africa

Managing Extreme Technological Risk

Could AI and biotechnology wipe out humanity? At the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Existential Risk, scientists are exploring ways to manage such threats.

Managing Extreme Technological Risk

The Theology of Human Suffering | Hurricane Katrina

This video explores the relationship between Hurricane Katrina survivors and their faith. Their determination enabled them to rebuild their community in the wake of devastation.

The Science of Human Flourishing


Being Human: How Do Students View Science and Religion?

Berry Billingsley’s project at Canterbury Christ Church University explores the intersection of science and religion, and how students tackle the big questions in both fields.

Being Human: Discovering and Advancing Schools Students' Perceptions of the Relationships between Science and Religion

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The Epistemic Insight Initiative


Human Flourishing: Religion & Scientists

Elaine Ecklund (Rice University) explores how scientists in eight countries view the relationship between science and religion.

Religion Among Scientists in International Context


Philanthropy’s Impact | Templeton World Charity Foundation

Andrew Serazin, the president of Templeton World Charity Foundation, discusses how philanthropy can inspire a new generation of innovators and impact lives around the globe