We won't succeed alone, which is why we share ideas that empower others to make change.

We are taking the very best ideas, distilled from more than a decade of investing in companies and leaders, and synthesizing and sharing them globally, so others can accelerate their impact. We know we don’t have all the answers, but hope what we share can push us to keep asking the right questions.

Explore Our Ideas

  • Close Drawer Daily_Times_logo

    JS Bank and Acumen launch Pakistan Fellows Program

    Acumen, in partnership with JS Bank, the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, launched the Pakistan... [READ MORE]

    Acumen, in partnership with JS Bank, the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, launched the Pakistan Regional Fellows Program in 2013 to develop the next generation of social change leaders for Pakistan.

    Read the article

  • Close Drawer nicholas-kristof

    Investing to fight poverty

    January 6, 2009 Investing to fight poverty By NICHOLAS KRISTOF One of the most interesting innovators in aid and development... [READ MORE]

    January 6, 2009 Investing to fight poverty
    By NICHOLAS KRISTOF

    One of the most interesting innovators in aid and development is Jacqueline Novogratz, a New Yorker, the CEO of the Acumen Fund. She is, what? An aid worker? A banker? A bleeding-heart venture capitalist? A tough-minded philanthropist? All of the above? 

    Read the article

  • Close Drawer theguardian

    Unleashing the potential of impact investing

    November 29, 2012 The recent devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy acts as an acute reminder of the importance of critical... [READ MORE]

    November 29, 2012 The recent devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy acts as an acute reminder of the importance of critical services for daily survival – energy, water, sanitation, healthcare, housing. Yet for many of the world’s poor, the lack of such services is the prevailing norm. In the absence of public good provision, and with the conventional markets largely bypassing the poor, charities and social enterprises are playing an increasingly important role to fill this gap.

    Yet even the most innovative organisations tackling global poverty issues face tremendous funding pressure. Organisations are increasingly being asked direct and tough questions: “What will happen to this programme when our funding ends?” “If I help to grow an organisation delivering critical services, how will it be sustained in the long-term?”

     

    Read the article

  • Close Drawer hbr

    Want to Change the World? Be Resilient.

    February 26, 2013 What's the difference between someone with a good idea and a person who can transform their ideas into real... [READ MORE]

    February 26, 2013 What’s the difference between someone with a good idea and a person who can transform their ideas into real impact? To tackle the world’s biggest problems, we need to be able to identify and support the people who are capable of creating lasting change. At Acumen, we spend a lot of time trying to find and train aspiring and established leaders from around the world who have the right mix of talent, ideas, and passion.

    And what we’ve found time and again is: Resilience matters most.

    Read the article

  • Close Drawer fastcompany

    7 Tips to Landing a Job in Impact Investing

    December 5, 2012 Summer Associate Emma Vaughn writes an article in Fast Co.Exist with 7 tips to landing a job in the impact... [READ MORE]

    December 5, 2012 Summer Associate Emma Vaughn writes an article in Fast Co.Exist with 7 tips to landing a job in the impact investing sector.

    Read the article

  • Close Drawer huffpo

    Jacqueline Novogratz writes for the Huffington Post

    Check out Jacqueline's most recent thought pieces in The Huffington Post.
  • Close Drawer newyorktimes

    NYTimes Corner Office Interview

    September 29 2012 A "Corner Office" interview with Jacqueline Novogratz. During the interview conducted by Adam Bryant, Jacqueline... [READ MORE]

    September 29 2012 A “Corner Office” interview with Jacqueline Novogratz. During the interview conducted by Adam Bryant, Jacqueline discusses her approach to leadership, the culture and values at Acumen, and her approach to finding the best talent for Acumen.

    Read the Interview

  • Close Drawer businessworld_logo

    Firing Up Dreams - Avani Bio Energy

    December 1, 2012 Acumen's investment in Avani Bio Energy, which converts hazardous pine needles into electricity, is  featured... [READ MORE]

    December 1, 2012 Acumen’s investment in Avani Bio Energy, which converts hazardous pine needles into electricity, is  featured in BusinessWorld India. Check out how Avani reduces the risk of forest fires while providing renewable energy and a new income source for people in rural India.

    Read the article

  • Close Drawer brainpickings

    Live the Questions: Jacqueline Novogratz’s Advice to Graduates

    May 29, 2012 Live the Questions: Jacqueline Novogratz’s Advice to Graduates by Maria Popova “Inspiring hope in a... [READ MORE]

    May 29, 2012 Live the Questions: Jacqueline Novogratz’s Advice to Graduates
    by Maria Popova

    “Inspiring hope in a cynical world might be the most radical thing you can possibly do.”

    ‘Tis the season for exceptional graduation speeches, in which cultural icons bequeath their life’s wisdom to a new generation of, ideally, hungry-eyed thinkers and doers — icons like Neil Gaiman, David Foster Wallace, Ellen DeGeneres, Aaron Sorkin, Barack Obama, Ray Bradbury, J. K. Rowling, Steve Jobs, Robert Krulwich, Meryl Streep, and Jeff Bezos. This month, one of my big heroes, Acumen founder Jacqueline Novogratz, addressed departing Gettysburg College seniors and imparted upon them, through anecdotes from her own remarkable story, a handful of beautiful aspirations to live by, summarized below. 

    Read the full post

  • Close Drawer wsj

    Bridging the Gap Between Charity, Business

    December 26, 2012 Impact investing is drawing more attention from philanthropists excited by the possibility that their donations... [READ MORE]

    December 26, 2012 Impact investing is drawing more attention from philanthropists excited by the possibility that their donations can both help people and support businesses with a social mission. Jacqueline Novogratz, chief executive of the Acumen Fund, speaks with Wealth Management at WSJ.com about the field, her fund and how impact investing can fit into a client’s overall giving strategy.

    Read the interview

  • Close Drawer clinton

    Hillary Clinton mentions Acumen in major speech

    In a major speech on development, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, mentioned Acumen as an example of an innovative organization combining... [READ MORE]

    In a major speech on development, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, mentioned Acumen as an example of an innovative organization combining philanthropy and capitalism.

    Read the full speech

  • Close Drawer pbsnewshour

    PBS NewsHour Video

    April 2010 NewsHour's Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Kenya, on Acumen Fund and our investee company... [READ MORE]

    April 2010 NewsHour’s Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Kenya, on Acumen Fund and our investee company EcoTact, where private capital is being used to help install toilets and sanitation facilities in the country’s poorest areas.

    Learn More

  • Close Drawer economist

    The Patient Capitalist - The Economist

    May 21, 2009 From the Economist, a profile on Jacqueline Novogratz and Acumen's work to transform the world's approach to development... [READ MORE]

    May 21, 2009 From the Economist, a profile on Jacqueline Novogratz and Acumen’s work to transform the world’s approach to development through patient capital.

    Learn More Download File

  • Close Drawer forbes

    Innovation Saves the World

    A profile on Acumen and its founder and CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz from the December 2011 issue of Forbes Magazine.