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Since 1995, the International Republican Institute’s Freedom Award Celebration has honored individuals whose commitment to the advancement of democracy, freedom and human liberty has created opportunity for millions of people around the world. As IRI’s highest honor, the Freedom Award exemplifies the goals and accomplishments of strengthening democracy for a safer, more secure world.

Over the years, honorees have included luminaries such as President Ronald Reagan; President George H.W. Bush; President George W. Bush; Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Laureate and Burmese democracy leader; Natan Sharansky, former political prisoner and human rights activist; and former secretaries of state Henry A. Kissinger, George P. Shultz and James A. Baker.

Posthumous awards have also been given to Pope John Paul II; The Honorable Sergio Vieira de Mello, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; and Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger.

In 2020, IRI was honored to present the Freedom Award to U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo for his dedication to defending democracy worldwide; to the people of Hong Kong for their bravery and commitment to democracy in the face of authoritarian oppression; and to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Tsepkalo for forming a national movement that led to a democratic awakening in Belarus.

See previous Freedom Award Honorees here.

Donor Levels
IRI Benefactor
$25,000+ - Corporation/Foundation or Individual

Four (4) Invitations to Exclusive Virtual VIP Roundtable

Ten (10) Invitations to join the Freedom Award Virtual Gala with Special Guests to include Entertainment, Discussion Room & Award Presentations

IRI Sponsor
$10,000 - Corporation/Foundation or Individual

Two (2) Invitations to Exclusive Virtual VIP Roundtable

Six (6) Invitations to join the Freedom Award Virtual Gala with Special Guests to include Entertainment, Discussion Room & Award Presentations

IRI Supporter
$5,000 - Corporation/Foundation or Individual

One (1) Invitation to Exclusive Virtual VIP Roundtable

Four (4) Invitations to join the Freedom Award Virtual Gala with Special Guests to include Entertainment, Discussion Room & Award Presentations

IRI Friend
$500 - Individual (Suggested Contribution)

One (1) Invitation to join the Freedom Award Virtual Gala with Special Guests to include Entertainment, Discussion Room & Award Presentations

IRI is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible. Federal tax ID number: 52-1340267

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