A bold new way of tackling poverty that’s about dignity, not dependence, and choice, not charity.

What we do

Acumen raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.

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Our Investments

Acumen started as an idea. Now our investments have impacted the lives of over 100 million people.

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Our Leaders

The future depends on a new breed of leader, ready to solve the world's most challenging problems.

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Our Ideas

We won't succeed alone, which is why we share ideas for others to build on and make better.

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We’ve shown what’s possible

but there's lots more to do

Acumen started as an idea to combine the best of markets with the best of aid and charity. Now we have a proven model that’s giving the poor access to everything from ambulances to electricity.

75

Companies

Providing choice not charity

$83

Million invested

in breakthrough innovations

58,000

Jobs created & supported

improving livelihoods and economies

100

Million Lives Impacted

With dignity not dependence

Investment Model

As a non-profit, we raise charitable donations that allow us to make patient long-term debt or equity investments in early-stage companies providing reliable and affordable access to agricultural inputs, quality education, clean energy, healthcare services, formal housing, and safe drinking water to low-income customers.

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Changing the way the world tackles poverty

Our mission is to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders, and ideas.

We started Acumen to change the way the world tackles poverty; to influence traditional charity by moving from a top-down approach toward one that’s bottom-up: approaching low-income people as part of the solution, seeing investment as an important tool for change, and insisting on stronger metrics of accountability.

Today, there is a vibrant and growing “impact investing” sector with hundreds of funds and billions of dollars being invested in companies tackling some of the biggest social issues of our time. Along the way, we also discovered that without the right talent, these companies fail. The types of companies we invest in need a different kind of leadership, equipped with the moral imagination and resilience to meet the complex challenges of our time. That’s why Acumen also invests in building a global ecosystem of leaders who share common values, have the hard skills to produce results, and possess a deep unwavering commitment to creating a more inclusive world. Finally, we believe that no organization can do this alone, which is why we invest in the spread of ideas.

Our work supporting companies and leaders forms the foundation of everything we do. When we gain insight in these areas, we invest in sharing them with the world. To learn more about the type of companies and leaders we believe are needed to change the way the world tackles poverty, read our manifesto.

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