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2013 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD WINNER
To mark the tenth year of administering the Templeton Freedom Awards, Atlas Network was 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 was presented to one winner along with a $100,000 prize recognizing exceptional think tank achievement. Six finalists were invited to attend the annual Liberty Forum in New York City, Nov. 13—14, where the winner was announced during the event’s Freedom Dinner, Nov. 14. The other five finalists received a $5,000 prize.
Awarded since 2004, the Templeton Freedom Award is named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. The award annually honors his legacy by identifying and recognizing the most exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation and human fulfillment via free competition. The award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust.
Organization: The TaxPayers' Alliance
Project: 2020 Tax Commission and Single Income Tax report
Mission: The 2020 Tax Commission and Single Income Tax report represented a comprehensive campaign to reform Britain’s outdated and unfair tax system.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 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.” The project played a critical role in achieving: A scheduled reduction in the Corporation Tax from 24% in 2012 to an expected 20% in 2015, with the system simplified by merging the standard and small business rates; A reduction in the top rate of Income Tax from 50% to 45%; and An abolition of the beer and motor fuel duty escalators.LEARN MORE
Organization: Centre for Civil Society
Project: People, Policies, and Principles campaign
Mission: The campaign has contributed to real change in key areas including economic freedom and education, where they have given an organized voice to private schools and advocated for fair implementation of reforms. Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo, A.C. (CIDAC) – Mexico City, Mexico Project: Advancing prosperity and productivity The CIDAC team has successfully developed research and communication products that are changing the national discussion on economic policies including industrial, labor, and criminal justice policy.
Organization: Istituto Bruno Leoni
Project: Index of Liberalization
Mission: The Index has become a major reference for opinion-makers, policy-makers and industry stakeholders in debating economic policy, driving reforms in select industries and municipalities related to industry ownership and price fixing.
Organization: The Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Project: Right to Work
Mission: After 20 years of consistently producing a wide variety of research, commentary and strategic communications, the campaign achieved a major victory in 2013 with the adoption of Michigan’s right to work legislation.
Organization: Texas Public Policy Foundation
Project: Right on Crime
Mission: The project contributed to major reforms, both in Texas and in other states, saving billions of dollars by closing prisons and preventing prison expansion, and reversing a culture of over-incarceration and over-criminalization.
Organization: CIDAC (Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo, A.C.)
Project: Prosperity and Productivity Project
Mission: The project was recognized for its work advancing prosperity and productivity. The CIDAC team has successfully developed research and communication products that are changing the national discussion on economic policies including industrial, labor, and criminal justice policy.