The McNulty Prize

A decade of galvanizing efforts to address the foremost social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.

Answering "The Call"


Since 2008, the John P. McNulty Prize has celebrated the boldness and impact of individuals who are using their exceptional leadership abilities, entrepreneurial spirit and private sector talents to address the world’s toughest challenges.

The Prize is awarded in partnership with the Aspen Institute. The winner receives $100,000 to further his or her venture, and laureates each receive $25,000.

Meet Our Laureates

Over 45 Laureates are working in more than 25 countries, using their entrepreneurialism and professional expertise to move the needle on seemingly intractable challenges in their communities.

The Laureates

Meet Our Jurors

A distinguished international jury, including Secretary Madeleine Albright, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, international statesman Olara Otunnu and development expert Brizio Biondi-Morra, select the winner. Previous juries have included Mary Robinson, Bill Gates, Sr., and Sir Richard Branson.

The jury
The remarkable accomplishments of these individuals and their organizations are a call to action to private sector leaders to step up, and to bring their leadership abilities, business acumen and resources to tackle the world’s most difficult problems.

Anne Welsh McNulty

Explore Our Leadership Case Studies

Read the new series of leadership case studies featuring McNulty Prize Laureates, explore the pivotal moments that catalyzed them into action, and hear their stories of struggle, determination and ultimately success.


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

McNulty Prize Application & Eligibility

The 2020 McNulty Prize application is currently closed.

Catalyst Fund Application & Eligibility

Announced in 2017, the new Catalyst Fund supports ventures at critical junctures, enabling them to scale and deepen their impact. The 2020 Catalyst Fund application is currently closed.