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Catalyst Fund

The McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund recognizes promising ventures led by Fellows of the Aspen Institute with significant early momentum and at critical junctures on their path to creating meaningful change.

The Fund boosts leaders and their organizations, awarding up to $150,000 annually across five to seven recipients as well as non-monetary support to reach the next level of impact. Launched in 2017, to date, the fund has supported over 30 recipients from around the world.

The Catalyst Fund builds on more than fifteen years of impact with the John P. McNulty Prize, a $450,000 annual award that celebrates the boldness and impact of individuals using their leadership abilities, entrepreneurial spirit, and expertise to address the world’s toughest challenges.

Meet All Our Catalyst Fund Awardees

The Catalyst Fund Awardees are leading ventures that are poised to scale and deepen their impact. They are fearlessly tackling entrenched inequities and structural barriers that communities across the world face.

The Catalyst Fund Awardees

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.

Application & Eligibility

Now more than ever, we must support a fundamental re-imagining of systems to advance opportunity and self-determination for all, and these individuals are leading the way.

Featuring inaugural Catalyst Fund recipient Student DREAMers Alliance

Thank you to our generous Supporters


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