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2 Awesome Summer Volunteer Positions with Acumen Fund!

Acumen Fund invests in companies that deliver critical goods and services – water, health, housing, energy, and agriculture – at affordable prices to low-income people earning less than four dollars a day in India, Pakistan, and East Africa; we invest in leaders who are paving the way for new approaches to fighting poverty; and we invest in ideas that will give the world the knowledge and the understanding to create a world beyond poverty.

To help support our work investing in both leaders and ideas, we are looking for two committed, high-performing volunteers to join our Innovation and Fellows teams this summer. Both positions are unpaid, but offer transportation stipends to offset transit costs to and from the office.

The Innovation Volunteer will primarily focus on helping us develop content for the new class on Acumen Fund at the University of Michigan, piloting this fall. He/she may also conduct policy research for our engagement with various stakeholders in Washington DC and assist with internal operations for the office of the CEO. Our ideal candidate is a motivated, high-energy individual with excellent research and writing skills, some experience developing educational content, and basic knowledge of the legislative process on Capitol Hill. If you’re interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and one-page writing sample to Wei Wei Hsing at whsing AT acumenfund DOT org by midnight on Wednesday May 18.

The Fellows Volunteer will have the opportunity to work on Acumen Fund’s rapidly developing Global and Regional Fellows Programs as well as on Alumni programming. He/she will contribute to training the next generation of social sector leaders and social entrepreneurs by supporting curriculum design & administration, improving upon our existing marketing & recruitment strategy, and fostering greater connection between our community, our Fellows, and our Alumni. Specifically, the Fellows Volunteer will have the chance to plan Fellows events, develop an online social networking platform, create marketing materials, as well as help build the newly launched East Africa Fellows Program from the ground up. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about the fields of social enterprise, education, and/or international development, and who is eager to gain access to one of the most prestigious training grounds for the world’s leading social changemakers. If you’re interested, the full description and application instructions can be found on this website. If you have any questions, please email Ramil Ibrahim at ribrahim AT acumenfund DOT org.

We look forward to receiving your applications!


Reflections on the India Fellows Seminar

Each year, the India Fellows Program brings together up to 20 emerging leaders from different regions, sectors, and socio-economic backgrounds in India. During the fellowship year, Fellows remain in their jobs and meet every 6-8 weeks throughout the year for 4 seminars and 2 collaborative projects, each about a week long. As the India Fellows Associate, Jacqui is responsible for supporting all aspects of the program recruitment, logistics, marketing and strategic planning. Below, Jacqui reflects on the first seminar, Foundations of Leadership. You can read more about the fellowship program here[Read More]

Adaptive Leadership in Action: Addressing Cultural Norms & Giving Women a Voice

In the fall of 2013, +Acumen launched the course Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change in partnership with the Cambridge Leadership Associates. This course is for anyone who wants to become more effective at leading their organization through change. Below, one of the course participants shared her story about how this course impacted her work and ability to affect change. [Read More]

Making Sense of Social Impact in Action: The Value of Educating Our Youth

At Acumen, one of the most common questions we get is how we measure social impact. Our newest +Acumen course – Making Sense of Social Impact: Acumen’s Building Blocks for Impact Analysis. – will provide an entry point for how to think about impact and we’ll share frameworks that help us define what to measure and why. Makoto Matsuura, founder of cobon a not-for-profit focused on youth education in Jakarta, Indonesia and Osaka, Japan, took a pilot version of this course and shared his reflections with us. [Read More]

Good news for philanthropists in the U.K. and Europe

We are excited to announce that Acumen now holds a CAF Charitable Trust in the United Kingdom. CAF, the Charities Aid Foundation, is a registered U.K. charity. By donating to Acumen through CAF, you can use Gift Aid if the amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax you’ve paid for the tax year in which you make your donation is at least equal to the amount of basic rate tax  [the charity or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) and any other charities or CASCs] you donate to will reclaim on your gift. CAF will reclaim 25% Gift Aid from HM Revenue & Customs and pass this through to Acumen.  The donor can claim higher rate tax relief (for more information, please refer to CAF’s online resource, What Is Gift Aid?). [Read More]

d.light Leaders Named 2014 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year

We are thrilled for our portfolio company d.light and Donn Tice, Chairman and CEO, along with cofounders Ned Tozun, President, and Sam Goldman, Chief Customer Officer, for being named Social Entrepreneurs of the year 2014 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. d.light is a for-profit social enterprise that manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products with primary markets in the developing world, today announced that d.light, along with 37 other individuals and organizations in the 2014 class, will be fully integrated into the events and initiatives of the World Economic Forum. [Read More]