Named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, the Templeton Freedom 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. Awarded since 2004, the Templeton Freedom Award beginning in 2013 is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust.

Finalists for the Templeton Freedom Award must have:

  • Achieved strategic impact (in areas of policy impact, social impact, academic impact, media impact, or student impact, etc.)
  • Made innovative contributions to the field of free enterprise education or policy research
  • Laid the groundwork for future progress in improving countries’ scores in rankings of economic freedom (e.g., The Index of Economic Freedom or the Economic Freedom of the World report)

The winner of the 2016 Templeton Freedom Award received $100,000 and was honored at Atlas Network's Freedom Dinner on Thursday, November 10, 2016, in New York City. Five additional finalists received $25,000 prizes and travel support to attend Freedom Dinner.

For press-related questions about the Templeton Freedom Award, contact Daniel Anthony, vice president of marketing and communications, at 202-449-8441. For other questions about the Templeton Freedom Award, contact Elisa Bishop, director of institute relations and programs, at: or 202-449-8456.

Take a look back at a decade of the Templeton Freedom Award.