Eurasia Foundation believes societies function best when people take responsibility for their own civic and economic prosperity. While building the leadership skills of women and young people, they help small business become more successful, local government more responsive and civic organizations more effective and resilient. EF's Sarah Carey Program includes three components: an annual award, a policy forum, and a professional development network.
Named after their long-serving chair Sarah Carey, The Sarah Carey Award recognizes an individual who has notably advanced civil society in the Eurasia region through the practice of law, business, or diplomacy and has brought Americans and citizens of the region closer together. Accompanying the award is an annual symposium, the Sarah Carey Forum, which examines the mutual benefits of engagement between the United States and the countries in the Eurasia region. Through the Young Professionals Network, EF also continues Sarah's legacy of mentoring young people active in Eurasia policy and business. EF also creates targeted and relevant monthly opportunities for young people in Washington to discuss developments in the Eurasia region and interact with diplomats, senior policymakers, journalists, and analysts.
Sarah Carey Award recipients include Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering in 2012, Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar in 2013, Ambassador William J. Burns in 2014 and Drew Guff in 2015.