Over the years, Acton has recognized leaders who embody the values and virtues that cultivate a society that is both free and virtuous with a number of prestigious awards that recognize their unique contributions to the cause of liberty.
Faith and Freedom Award
The Faith and Freedom Award was established as part of the Acton Institute’s tenth anniversary celebration in 2000. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies commitment to faith and freedom through outstanding leadership in civic, business, or religious life. For this award, the Institute commissioned a sculpture of Lord Acton, the Institute’s namesake, who held firmly to the two pillars of faith and freedom.
Guardian of Freedom Award
The Acton Institute established the Guardian of Freedom Award in 2009 in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to recognize the ongoing contributions of leaders who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to liberty. Laureates have dedicated their professional lives to advancing the principles of freedom and guarding them for subsequent generations.