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The McNulty Prize

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


The John P. McNulty Prize, awarded in partnership with the Aspen Institute, celebrates breakthrough leaders who have turned their talents and resources towards dismantling our toughest problems. Created in 2008 by Anne Welsh McNulty in honor of her late husband, the annual award is a call to action, recognizing three Winners demonstrating moral courage, a vision for change, and a track record of bold and lasting impact.

Each winner receives $150,000 and support to amplify their efforts. They are selected by an international jury that includes international statesman Olara Otunnu, international development expert Brizio Biondi-Morra, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey.

A New Vision

McNulty Prize Application & Eligibility

Meet Our Laureates

Over 50 Laureates are working in more than 26 countries, using their entrepreneurialism and professional expertise to move the needle on seemingly intractable challenges in their communities.

The Laureates
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

Meet Our Jurors

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

The jury

Explore Our Leadership Case Studies

Explore the pivotal moments that catalyzed McNulty Prize Laureates 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 Catalyst Fund

Building on the success of the McNulty Prize, the Catalyst Fund was created to boost earlier-stage organizations to move to the next phase of their impact.