McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund

Driving the next decade of impact

The McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund provides meaningful support to organizations at critical junctures across the world, enabling them to scale and deepen their impact. The fund was announced in 2017 by Anne Welsh McNulty, and has since raised over $1.2 million in pledges or contributions, thanks to our supporters listed below.

The Catalyst Fund builds on a decade of impact of the McNulty Prize, given in partnership with the Aspen Global Leadership Network to honor high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders working to address the world’s most critical challenges. Since 2008, the McNulty Foundation has invested over $4.5 million dollars to drive innovation and impact around the globe, with awards to over 40 Laureates working in more than 25 countries.

Featuring inaugural Catalyst Fund recipient Student DREAMers Alliance

Application & Eligibility

Catalyst Fund awards are available to organizations led by Fellows of the Aspen Institute who have applied to the McNulty Prize and have met the Prize’s eligibility requirements, and have critical need. They must have been operating for at least two years and poised to continue for the future. They can be non-profit, for-profit or hybrid structures, provided that high-impact social change is the highest priority.

Applications are accepted annually in March, in conjunction with the McNulty Prize application process.

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Awarding & Selection

The fund annually awards around $125,000 to ventures at key development stages and with critical need. Recipients are selected through the McNulty Prize review and due diligence process and will be announced at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum.

In addition to financial support, Catalyst Fund recipients will benefit from non-monetary support depending on their needs. Benefits may include leadership or organizational development support through consulting, coaching and community building, as well as opportunities for storytelling, visibility and networking.

One person's leadership can create a resounding multiplier effect on communities across the world.

Anne Welsh McNulty

Support the Catalyst Fund

We invite you to consider making a contribution in tribute to John P. McNulty and to advance the efforts of the many extraordinary leaders who are striving to make a difference in the world.

To support the Catalyst Fund, please visit the link below to donate through the Aspen Institute, a 501(c)3 organization.

Thank you to our generous supporters:

VISIONARY

David Blood • Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund • Nancy & George Walker Foundation • Anonymous

INNOVATOR

Suzanne Donohoe • Pamela & David B. Ford • Richard A. & Susan P. Friedman • Justin & Victoria Gmelich • Eric & Sarah Lane • Bruce McEver • Anonymous 

BENEFACTOR

Lloyd & Laura Blankfein • Cornell Capital LLC • Cheryl & Joe Della Rosa • Herb & Mary Ehlers • Lawton Fitt • Amanda & Glenn Fuhrman • Joseph & Carson Gleberman • Walter Haydock • Roch & Carol Hillenbrand • Robert & Soledad Hurst • Linda E. Johnson • The Kapnick Foundation • Diane L. Morris • Daniel M. Neidich & Brooke Garber Neidich • O’Toole Family Foundation • Ellen R. Porges • Lyn M. Ross • Bruce & Cynthia Sherman • Nadia Zilkha 

FRIEND

Amy & David Abrams • Ann & Bill Bain • Diane Campbell • Phil & Beth Cooper • Dobkin Family Foundation • Beth & Michael Fascitelli • Mary & Howard Frank • Steve & Barbara Friedman • Tom & Meg Healey • Kevin & Karen Kennedy • Robert & Jeanne Knox • Peter Kraus • Tammy & Philip Murphy • Wendy J. Paulson & Henry M. Paulson, Jr. • Jeff  & Laura Roberts • Linda Sonders & Edward Templer Calkins • Garen & Shari Staglin • Tom & Diane Tuft • Andy Walter & Gerrie McManus • Anonymous 

Paul & Terry Arango • Michael Costa • Chuck & Lisa Fleischman • Bruce & Vicki Heyman • Louise & Tom Middleton • Linda Sirow & Harold Koplewicz • Peter & Lisa Poulakakos • Liz Ann Sonders & Bob Meier • Kaysie Uniacke • Susan & Tucker York