DIGNITY Boston – an exciting launch for BOSTON+acumen
+acumen chapters – self-organized, volunteer-led groups in cities and schools around the world – are actively supporting Acumen Fund’s mission to create a world beyond poverty through education, fundraising and service. To start a +acumen chapter in your city, contact Jo-Ann Tan at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about +acumen chapters on our website.
The BOSTON+acumen chapter, led by a small group of volunteers from the business and nonprofit worlds, slowly started taking shape last June 2011. With a mission to inspire and empower like-minded individuals in the greater Boston area who are passionate about supporting Acumen Fund’s mission, the chapter held a series of educational sessions and social events including a Generosity Day event with Catchafire.
On March 3rd 2012, BOSTON+acumen created a new realm of possibilities and exposure. The DIGNITY Boston photo event held inside a vibrant coffee shop/art gallery, Voltage Coffee, in Kendall Square gathered over a hundred energetic people and raised over $31,000 (including a generous $25,000 contribution from General Electric Corporate Leadership Staff). DIGNITY events are one-night photo auctions and sales organized by +acumen chapters in partnership with Nuru Project, featuring prints portraying the idea of dignity from the regions where Acumen Fund invests.
Talks were shared by Jo Ann Tan, lead architect of +acumen chapters, and Noelle Foot from Root Capital, a Cambridge-based social investment firm, on promoting development through dignity and empowering individuals like small scale farmers in war-torn northern Uganda, or rural Indians without access to electricity.
We left the event with a strong desire to cultivate this community of like-minded individuals who connect with market-based approaches to solving poverty. We are now officially a part of the 15 +acumen chapter network around the world who are changing the way world tackles poverty (read more about this network of chapters here).
BOSTON+acumen’s next goal is to recruit a group of energetic, creative, fun people who are passionate about Acumen Fund to help us expand our chapter through dedicated leadership. Our Leadership Team applications are actually due TODAY!
Apply here if you are interested in supporting the growth of BOSTON+acumen and spreading the idea of patient capital and Acumen Fund’s values in the greater Boston area.
Elly Brown is a Project Consultant at Root Cause, a staff writer for NextBillion, and part of the leadership team for BOSTON+acumen. Visit BOSTON+acumen’s website, contact them via email , and follow them on Twitter @BOSplusacumen