When Jean C. Temple died in 1996, her will created The Temple Foundation, whose mission was giving minority families mortgages in the New York area. In 1998, her daughter, Barbara Aiken, with the approval of the Corporate Board and the IRS, expanded the mission of the Foundation to give grants in Mexico. The Administrative office then moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to carry out this mission.
From 1999 through 2006, The Temple Foundation funded the treatment and corrective surgery of people with vision-threatening conditions. Its work extended to provide breakfasts and bathrooms for children in rural kindergartens.
Relocating to the US from 2006 through 2010, the Foundation funded literacy and domestic violence programs in a major community college in Arizona and education and cultural programs in the leading community college in Connecticut.
When the Foundation returned to work in Mexico in 2011, it began to support two local organizations—to feed the elderly and a women’s sewing project.
During more than 15 years of work, The Temple Foundation has established a solid legacy in making a difference in the lives of children, women and the elderly.