McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund

Driving the next decade of impact

The John P. McNulty Prize was created in honor of John McNulty to recognize his leadership, his creativity, his energy and the spark he carried and ignited in others.

For over a decade, the McNulty Prize, in partnership with the Aspen Global Leadership Network, has honored high-integrity, high-performing, entrepreneurial leaders that are working to address the world’s most critical challenges. Since 2008, the McNulty Foundation has invested over $4 million dollars to drive innovation and impact around the globe, with awards to over 40 Laureates working in more than 25 countries.

The Catalyst Fund, announced by Anne Welsh McNulty in July 2017 as part of the tenth anniversary celebration of the Prize, will propel our next decade of impact. This new philanthropic fund will provide direct support to organizations both in the U.S. and abroad who have been honored by the McNulty Prize, enabling them to scale and deepen their impact.

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

Anne Welsh McNulty

Purpose of the Fund

Prize Laureate organizations have honed highly effective models for change but are in need of resources to expand and replicate their work to meet critical needs in other communities and regions.  This fund would provide support to broaden the reach of their work, to deepen their impact at existing sites, or enable them to serve larger numbers of beneficiaries.  Grantees include:

VisionSpring & the EYElliance — Driving a systems-wide, multi-stakeholder approach to solving the vision crisis in the US and abroad. 

Nutrivida — Scaling distribution of a line of fortified food products, designed to eliminate malnutrition in children beyond Costa Rica, to reach customers across Central America and the Caribbean.

Ashesi University — Supporting the creation of a new Engineering department at Ghana's premiere liberal arts university.

Learn more about the Laureates
Thank you to our generous supporters:

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


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


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 


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

Support the Catalyst Fund

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

The McNulty Foundation will match the first $500,000 in contributions. 

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