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$450,000 McNulty Prize awarded to leaders who provide bold solutions to end hunger, thirst and poverty | New

New York, NY, July 18 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The McNulty Foundation and the Aspen Institute today announced the three winners of the 2022 John P. McNulty Award, who will each receive $150,000 for their organization. Their transformative social enterprises are working to end malnutrition around the world, sparking a movement of guaranteed income programs in the United States and harnessing renewable technologies to bring clean water to communities, even in the most remote places. backwards.

Since 2008, the McNulty Award has identified leaders and companies with innovative models of change and put them on the fast track to increased recognition and support. “The McNulty Award elevates world leaders who have answered the call to address the injustices of our time,” said McNulty Foundation President Anne Welsh McNulty. “Each of these breakthrough solutions represents a powerful model for ensuring the essentials of a dignified life. : food, water and basic funds.”

“These courageous individuals and their organizations present three responses to the dramatic global disruptions to our human rights,” said McNulty Award juror Brizio Biondi-Morra. “In times of war, pandemic, racism, poverty, and social injustice, these companies alleviate despair with new and innovative models that empower human agency.”

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Navyn Salem founded Edesia after witnessing the fatal effects of child malnutrition in his father’s homeland of Tanzania. To date, Edesia’s specialized therapeutic foods have treated 17 million malnourished children in 60 countries. Their foods are distributed in partnership with USAID, the World Food Program, UNICEF, and local nonprofits to children on the front lines of war, natural disasters, and other emergencies.

Edesia works to increase the resilience and sustainability of the global emergency food system by stimulating research, innovation and providing technical assistance to others, and advocates for nutrition to be high on the political agenda American and global. They are doubling their production capacity to cope with the growing disruption caused by the conflict in Ukraine, climate change and other crises. “We don’t have time to think,” Salem said, “we need to act right now to end malnutrition.” Learn more here.


Dr. Aisha Nyandoro started the Magnolia Mother’s Trust cash transfer program to break the cycle of poverty in Jackson, Mississippi. Magnolia Mother’s Trust replaces an adversarial welfare system with one that trusts mothers to do what’s best for their families. The program offers black mothers living in federally subsidized housing $1,000 a month for a total of one year, with no strings attached, and a college savings account for their children.

“When we invest in our most vulnerable,” Nyandoro said, “that’s when society flourishes.” This one-year cash injection allows families to achieve longer-term stability: mothers have increased their ability to pay all bills on time (from 27% to 83%), families benefiting from insurance sickness increased by 25% and families with emergency savings increased from 40% to 88%. The model has inspired more than 100 similar programs across the country, and its evidence has shaped practical and popular policies like the US Child Tax Credit. Learn more here.


Materials scientist Dr. Cody Friesen founded SOURCE Global, whose innovative hydroelectric panels use the sun to turn water vapor in the air into high-quality drinking water, even in remote, low-humidity locations . A public utility company, SOURCE has brought clean water to more than 450 projects in 50 countries, focusing on indigenous communities and others that have been historically neglected. “Through technology, communities around the world can reclaim water access and security,” Friesen said.

SOURCE’s impact goes beyond water, enabling women and girls to go to school or work instead of commuting to fetch water, and employing members of the local community to install and maintain the signs. Savings are generated by an alternative to bottled water, and health improves with a reliable and safe source of water. In 2021 alone, SOURCE water has offset over 3.6 million plastic water bottles. Learn more here.

Tune in to a live stream of this year’s winners sharing their game-changing solutions at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum in Aspen, CO on July 27.

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About the John P. & Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation

The McNulty Foundation seeks to provide transformational support to emerging and established leaders at pivotal times in their leadership journey. Founded in 1985, the Foundation embodies the founders’ belief that every individual deserves to take action and have opportunity in their own life, and that courageous individuals can have a multiplier effect through their leadership. The John P. McNulty Award celebrates groundbreaking leaders of organizations dedicated to dismantling unsolvable problems. Created by Anne Welsh McNulty in honor of her late husband, the annual award is a call to action, recognizing winners who have demonstrated moral courage, a vision for change and a track record of impact bold and durable. Each receives $150,000 and support to amplify their efforts. They are selected by an international jury composed of Darren Walker, Cheryl Dorsey, Olara Otunnu and Brizio Biondi-Morra. Previous juries have included Madeleine Albright, Richard Branson, Mary Robinson, and Bill Gates, Sr. The McNulty Prize is awarded in partnership with the Aspen Institute, to recognize outstanding leadership initiatives undertaken by their fellows. For more information, visit mcnultyfound.org.

Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to achieving a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Based in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit aspeninstitute.org.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing global community of more than 3,000 high-integrity business leaders from more than 60 countries who share a commitment to values-based leadership and use their creativity, energy and their resources to tackle the most important issues. societal challenges of our time. or sector-specific AGLN exchanges around the world. Fellows gather each year at the AGLN’s flagship event, the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org/agln.

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a catalyst and unifier for systems, policy, and social impact leaders working to create a society where every family passes on a legacy of prosperity and well-being from generation to generation. the other. Ascend co-creates and elevates innovative two-generation (2Gen) approaches with families and partners to chart pathways to educational success and economic mobility for the children and adults in their lives. For more information, visit ascend.aspeninstitute.org.

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