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McNulty Prize Application & Eligibility

The 2022 McNulty Prize application is now closed.

The John P. McNulty Prize celebrates breakthrough leaders who have turned their talents and resources towards dismantling our toughest problems. To be considered for the Prize, please submit an expression of interest here.

McNulty Prize Criteria & Eligibility

Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • INSPIRING LEADERSHIP. Individuals who are applying their unique talents and resources—local connections and lived experience, expertise or platform, credibility and networks—in service of a bold and compelling vision for change.
  • IMPACT. Organizations that have a proven track record and can clearly illustrate the ways in which communities or systems have been changed. We recognize that impact looks different for every organization.
  • LASTING CHANGE. Organizations that understand and address the root causes of a challenge and contribute to long-term solutions—whether through expanding agency for individuals, shifting the conditions that hold the problem in place, or influencing the sector and collaborating with others.

To qualify for the John P. McNulty Prize:

  • You must be a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network or Aspen Institute
  • Organizations must be at least two years active and poised to continue for the foreseeable future.
  • You must hold a leadership role in the organization, where you have taken decisive action to lead against a societal challenge.
  • Organizations must prioritize social impact, whether they are nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models.

All fellows who would like to be considered for the McNulty Prize must first submit an Expression of Interest form. If you are invited to participate in the submission round, you will be requested to respond to the following prompts in our application portal.

Section 1: NARRATIVE

A. Problem Statement (250 words maximum)

  • What critical issue does your venture address—who is impacted, and what factors contribute to the challenge? How is this issue at the forefront of local or global concerns?
  • How does your organization’s model of change address the critical issue described?

B. Leadership Statement (250 words maximum)

  • How are you uniquely positioned to address this issue? What lived experiences, talents, resources, etc do you bring to this work?
  • In what way is this a stretch for you? Please describe your personal leadership journey and how you have challenged yourself to answer a call to action—whether influenced by the Aspen Institute Fellowship experience, another ah-ha moment, or something else.


C. Current Impact

  • Describe the impact of your venture on individuals, the community and/or ecosystem. What is the evidence that the venture has been accepted and embraced by those it benefits? (200 words)
  • How do you measure and assess the organization’s success? What is the reach and scale of your efforts, and how deeply does the organization affect those served? Please include the key metrics that you track over time. (150 words)

D. Lasting Change

  • How does your venture address root causes of the challenge or otherwise create or contribute to long-term solutions? How do you work with others to realize your vision? (200 words)
  • Is there evidence that your venture has influenced others in this space, or the sector or systems at large? How replicable or scalable is the model? (150 words)


E. Financial Information. Please upload in a single .pdf file (page size 8.5” x 11”), information that explains the financial structure of your venture, how it is funded, and how it will be sustained in the long term. Include financial statements that demonstrate annual revenue and expenses, as well as funding sources. We strongly encourage you to share existing documents.

F. Supporting Materials. Please upload in a single .doc or .pdf file, up to 10 pages (page size 8.5” x 11”), that demonstrate your record of success. We strongly encourage you to share existing materials—those suggested below, or other pertinent materials that highlight your impact.

  • Annual reports or other reports to supporters or investors
  • Organizational model or strategic plan summaries
  • Press coverage or other outside recognition
  • Testimonials in support of your leadership and venture
  • Pamphlets or photos
  • Your CV

G. [Optional] Short Video. Encouraged, not required—Youtube or Vimeo links accepted

  • Share a self-recorded 2-3 minute video (i.e from your phone or laptop) that responds to the following question: Why do you do this work? What drives you in your leadership?
  • Alternatively, share an existing video that shows and tells about your venture, whether narrated personally or showing others involved or affected by the work.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The McNulty Foundation has also established the Catalyst Fund to provide support for high potential ventures at earlier, critical junctures on their path to impact.

Not sure if you should apply to the Catalyst Fund or the McNulty Prize? Consult our cheat sheet here.