Exciting News! Last week Poverty, Inc was awarded the prestigious $100k Templeton Freedom Award at the annual Atlas Network Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner in New York City.
“This is profoundly important work being advanced by Acton Institute,” said Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips. “It contains good news: the solution to poverty already exists, in the entrepreneurialism of the poor themselves. It also conveys a challenge: to retire the top-down systems of aid delivery that bring as many problems as benefits.”
We were honored and delighted to win this award, especially in light of the excellent work being done by the other five finalists.
I am very grateful to the Atlas Network, the Templeton Foundation, and all of the people who worked so hard to make this film possible, especially my colleagues at the Acton Institute.
Special congratulations to Producer Jim Fitzgerald of ColdWater Media, Director of Photography, Simon Scionka for his beautiful work, writer Jonathan Witt, Impact Producer, Jo Jensen and Co-Producers Anielka Munkel and especially Mark R. Weber who is leading our distribution. I am honored to work with such fine people.
Here is the video from the event about the Award.
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 and was presented during Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner closing ceremony Nov. 12, 2015, at New York City’s historic Capitale. The winning organization received a $100,000 prize and the five runners-up received $5,000.