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24 March 2021 | 2021, Finalists, Press Releases

Catalyst 2030 Inaugural Systems Change Award Finalists Announced

Contact: Lynne Smit
Communications Lead, Catalyst 2030

Catalyst 2030 Inaugural Systems Change Award Finalists Announced;
Winners Will Be Announced at the Catalyst 2030 Awards
25 March 2021 at Virtual Ceremony Hosted at Althorp House

The Finalists represent philanthropic, government, multilateral and business leaders and organisations who embrace collaboration, co-creation and the shifting of power dynamics to achieve the SDGs.

16 March 2021– Catalyst 2030, the global community of social change innovators committed to bold new strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, has unveiled its list of first-ever Systems Change Award finalists.

The winners in each of the award categories will be announced at a virtual global awards event at Althorp House in Northamptonshire, UK on 25 March 2021.

The finalists were chosen from more than 200 nominations submitted by Catalyst 2030 members and selected by the General Assembly vote as well as esteemed global development leaders who served as judges.

Catalyst 2030 was launched just over a year ago at the World Economic Forum in Davos, with the aim of building collaboration across sectors to unleash systems change towards attaining the SDGs. The finalists and awardees are allies who understand that many of the traditional ways of funding and partnering with social entrepreneurs are falling short. They recognise that collaboration, long-term funding, community perspective and local knowledge are key to achieving our goals.
Finalists include the following individuals and organisations in alphabetical order, by category:

Special Recognition

Chandler Foundation
Echoing Green
GHR Foundation
Mastercard Foundation
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
Shockwave Foundation
Skoll Foundation

Individual Philanthropists

Ray Chambers
Libby and Mary Ellen Cunningham
Jose’ Luis Egydio Setubal
Jack Dorsey
Azim Premiji
Daniel Sachs
MacKenzie Scott

Philanthropic Intermediary

Central Square Foundation
DKA Austria
Global Fund for Children
Global Philanthropy Alliance
Greenwood Place
Mona Foundation
Global Fund for Children
Global Philanthropy Alliance
Greenwood Place
Mona Foundation

Small Donor Organisation

Drosos Foundation
Echidna Giving
Engagement Migros
Garfield Foundation
Imago Dei Fund
Mark Leonard Trust
Open Road Alliance
Osprey Foundation
Pathy Family Foundation
Stiftung Mercator Schweiz
Tecovas Foundation
Thousand Currents
Central Square Foundation
DKA Austria

Large Donor Organisation

Bush Foundation
Ford Foundation


Cisco Systems, Inc.
White Martins

Bi/Multilateral Organisation

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Swiss Development Cooperation
USAID El Salvador


Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Government of Liberia
Government of Paraguay
Government of Taiwan
Ministry of Health, Malawi
Ministry of National Unity, Malaysia
Scottish Government
South Africa National Government: Presidency

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Date: 25 March 2021
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm CET

Notes for editors

Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of social entrepreneurs and social innovators from all sectors who share the common goal of creating innovative, people-centric approaches to attain the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Joining forces with communities, governments, businesses and others, Catalyst 2030 members are changing systems at all levels through collective action and bold, new strategies.

Launched at the World Economic Forum in January 2020, Catalyst 2030 comprises more than 500 proven social entrepreneurs who are active in over 180 countries and who directly reach an estimated two billion people. We believe in collective action and that bold new strategies are needed to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

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