During Atlas’s annual Freedom Dinner gala in New York City, Atlas CEO Brad Lips invited Jennifer Templeton Simpson, granddaughter of the late Sir John Templeton, to announce the winner of the 2013 Templeton Freedom Award and $100,000 prize to a crowd of more than 500 think tank leaders, supporters and allies from 46 countries. From among an esteemed field of six finalists, the UK-based TaxPayers’ Alliance was selected for its 2020 Tax Commission and Single Income Tax report, representing a comprehensive campaign to reform Britain’s outdated and unfair tax system.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance team, whose goal is to achieve a society where individuals have greater control over their own lives, completed a strategic, multi-phase public education campaign, recruiting high-profile and influential figures to spend twelve months developing the economic, moral and practical case for lower taxes. The commission’s meticulous 417-page report reframed the debate over Britain’s economic growth strategies and became almost instantly influential, with more than 10,000 downloads its first week of publication.
The project played a critical role in achieving:
“The TaxPayers’ Alliance has become such a force of nature in a relatively short amount of time,” said Brad Lips, Atlas Network’s CEO. “From impeccable research to clear messaging, they’ve really raised the bar for think tanks.”
Named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, the Templeton Freedom Award honors his legacy by identifying the most innovative and valuable contributions to the cause of freedom each year among think tanks. The award is made possible through support from the Templeton Religion Trust.
A special thanks to the 2013 panel of judges.
Arthur Brooks, American Enterprise Institute
Juan Jose Daboub, Global Adaptation Institute
Rainer Heufers, Siap Solutions, LLC
Deepak Lal, UCLA
Elena Leontjeva, Lithuanian Free Market Institute
Allan Meltzer, Carnegie Mellon University
Johan Norberg, Cato Institute
Mary O’Grady, Wall Street Journal
John Sullivan of Center for International Private Enterprise
Bridgett Wagner, Heritage Foundation
Andreas Widmer, Catholic University of America
To mark the tenth year of administering the Templeton Freedom Awards, Atlas is proud to announce the 2013 Templeton Freedom Award with its new prize structure. For the first time in its history and in future years, the award will be presented to one winner along with a $100,000 prize recognizing exceptional think tank achievement. This fall, six finalists will be invited to attend the annual Liberty Forum in New York City, November 13-14, where the winner will be announced during the event’s Freedom Dinner, November 14. The other five finalists will receive a $5,000 prize.
This new award format builds on a rich history of recognizing and rewarding think tank excellence among the global network of free-market think tanks. This tradition has served to accelerate the growth of the overwhelming majority of the nearly 150 past winners, and the global network as a whole. In fact, 97 percent of winning organizations have subsequently seen their budgets, and influence, grow. Now, as the global network matures, the new Templeton Freedom Award will continue to inspire great achievements across the field as one very special achievement will receive this major prize each year.
The award honors think tank work that, in the past two years, has achieved one or more of the following:
The 2014 Templeton Freedom Award application period will be from March 1st to May 16 of 2014. Questions about the award? Contact Gonzalo.Schwarz@AtlasNetwork.org.
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