Catapult.org Announces Janet M. Morgan as CEO

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Crowdfunding platform recognized at Clinton Global Initiative 2015 for “exemplary impact”

Janet M. Morgan, CEO at Catapult.org

“We all understand traditional philanthropy urgently needs disruption. Why aren’t we leveraging more of the funds available, putting them to work creatively and immediately to achieve gender equality? The Catapult platform does just that."

Catapult.org announced today the appointment of Janet M. Morgan (Jan) as the organization’s first CEO. Morgan joins Catapult during a strategic growth phase focused on scaling the organization for greater impact on gender equality.

Since launching its crowdfunding platform in 2012, Catapult has mobilized funds and support for hundreds of community level projects directly impacting more than 1.7 million girls and women. Projects focus on key gender justice issues, including girls’ education, reproductive rights, gender violence and child marriage.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jan as CEO,” said Catapult founder Maz Kessler. “Her skills and experience building cross-sector partnerships and securing funds for social justice issues will exponentially increase our collective impact for gender equality worldwide.”

At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, President Bill Clinton welcomed Kessler on stage to highlight Catapult’s exemplary impact at the completion of its two-year CGI Commitment to Action. During this time, Catapult developed a number of innovative partnerships with notable corporations, such as Gucci, Johnson & Johnson, P&G and Ubisoft.

By 2018, Catapult’s goal is to reach more than five million girls and women. To ensure the organization meets this target, Morgan will strengthen the board and focus on building Catapult’s model with a sustainable business plan.

“We all understand traditional philanthropy urgently needs disruption. Why aren’t we leveraging more of the funds available, putting them to work creatively and immediately to achieve gender equality?” asks Morgan. “The Catapult platform does just that. Our technology and partner-driven approach taps local expertise and women’s funds to identify the best organizations on the ground. This impact-centric design enables corporations, donors, foundations, donor advised funds, governments and the public to directly support highly vetted projects. Real change is possible when public-private partnerships join with millions of global citizens to solve the problems that matter most to them - and the impact is transparent.”

Previously serving as president of Restore the Earth Foundation and CSRwire, Morgan is a problem solver and has lead complex projects for dozens of organizations including Lighthouse International, UN Friends of the World Food Program and American Express.

About Catapult
Catapult is the first partner-based crowdfunding platform solely dedicated to advancing gender equality around the world. The platform connects trusted organizations with a new global audience to increase funds and engagement for girls and women. Catapult launched with the support of notable partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund for Women and the MacArthur Foundation. Recent major donors include Foundation for a Just Society, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Oak Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

For more information go to http://www.catapult.org, and follow Catapult on Twitter: @wecatapult and Facebook at facebook.com/catapult.org.

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