IFES seeks to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of individuals in advancing freedom and democracy by bestowing named awards in honor of founders of the organization, including past chairs of the Board of Directors, Charles T. Manatt and Patricia Hutar, and Senior Adviser Joe C. Baxter.
The Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award is presented to one Democrat, one Republican and a member of the international community who demonstrates a dedication to democracy and human rights embodied by the award’s namesake.
Baxter had a firm commitment to the principles of local ownership, transparency and sustainability of electoral administration. The Baxter Award honors an individual with a proven track record of exceptional dedication to improving the way in which people have a say in the way they are governed.
The Patricia Hutar Award honors public servants who, through their work or activities, express a commitment to improved democratic practices. Hutar, a Republican activist, was a founding board member at IFES.
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