Announcing The Recipients Of The Inaugural McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund


The McNulty Foundation and Aspen Global Leadership Network are excited to announce the recipients of the McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund, a new fund at the Aspen Institute to support innovative ventures at vital inflection points. In this inaugural year, a total of $110,000 will be granted to six organizations around the world – led by AGLN Fellows – that have proven results and show equally great potential for further impact. 
The McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund was established in 2017 by Anne Welsh McNulty to provide unrestricted support to grow exceptional and promising ventures. It was made possible through a matching grant from the McNulty Foundation and donations from David Blood, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and the Nancy & George Walker Foundation, among many others, who honored the legacy of John P. McNulty with over $1.2 million in contributions to the Fund. 
Catalyst Fund awards are available to organizations led by AGLN Fellows whose leadership ventures or Action Pledges are at critical stages of growth and development with significant momentum and traction. All applicants to the annual McNulty Prize, as well as former McNulty Laureates at a pivotal juncture, are eligible for Catalyst Funds. Learn more at
The inaugural recipients of the Fund will be celebrated alongside the announcement of the 2018 McNulty Prize Laureates, and an interview with Darren Walker on July 25 at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. 
Congratulations to the 2018 Catalyst Fund grant recipients!


From building the college-to-career pipeline in state universities across the U.S., to deepening economic resilience in global fishing communities, to training the next generation of Haitian teachers who are transforming education outcomes, to magnifying the voices of DREAMers in America, the inaugural recipients are all effecting positive change for individuals and communities throughout the globe and poised for significant growth in the coming years. 

Las Claras | Panama
Strengthening leadership, education and career prospects for teen mothers, and preventing teen pregnancy in the first place, Gisela Porras (Central America Leadership Initiative), Panama’s former Vice Minister of Finance, is working to eradicate harmful conditions for women and girls that perpetuate poverty and social exclusion. Through a holistic collective impact model, Las Claras is poised to double their number of participants and expand to more communities.
Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach for Haiti) | Haiti
Through a grassroots approach focusing on local talent, culture and community, former head of Chicago Public Schools Jean-Claude Brizard (Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship) is training cohorts of Haitian teachers capable of altering the country’s education outcomes, and with it the social and economic trajectory of its children and society as a whole. The venture is on track to grow 40% in 2018 and aims to reach 16,000 students by 2020.
Student DREAMers Alliance | United States
Executive Director of South Carolina's Hispanic Alliance Adela Mendoza (Liberty Fellowship) is breaking the cycle of exclusion by providing youth leadership and scholarship opportunities for DREAMers, and advocating for statewide legislative action. Entering new school districts this year, the program is on a path to be statewide.
Braven | United States
Aimée Eubanks Davis (Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship) is using her experience as a teacher and head of talent for Teach for America to launch Braven, which imparts crucial employability and life skills to first-generation and low-income college students at large public universities to transition them into jobs and careers worthy of their degrees. Braven is on the cusp of dramatically scaling their program within existing and new institutions.
Acumen – Fellows Program | Global
Jacqueline Novogratz (Henry Crown Fellowship) redefined philanthropy and social entrepreneurship with Acumen’s theory of ‘patient capital’. The one-year program, which will be expanding from three to 15 geographies by 2020, connects and cultivates the next generation of social change agents with the audacity and skills to address the problems of poverty.
Rare – Fish Forever | Global 
Conservationist Brett Jenks (Catto Fellowship) began Fish Forever to reverse the global decline of small-scale fisheries and tropical marine habitats by empowering local communities to protect and manage the resources they depend on, so that both people and nature can thrive. Fish Forever continues to scale and deepen the economic resilience of fishing communities by investing in new technology, and providing access to capital.

“Countless ventures that are driving social change are at critical moments to expand their impact. The Catalyst Fund gives us the opportunity to support many more models of empowering people around the world.
The multiplier effect is enormous.” 

- Anne Welsh McNulty, President, McNulty Foundation, Trustee, The Aspen Institute
Posted by Samantha Cherry on Jul 9, 2018 8:20 AM America/Denver