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.

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    Jacqueline at TED - A third way to think about aid

    June 2009 The debate over foreign aid often pits those who mistrust "charity" against those who mistrust reliance on the markets.... [READ MORE]

    Jacqueline at TED - A third way to think about aid

    June 2009 The debate over foreign aid often pits those who mistrust “charity” against those who mistrust reliance on the markets. Jacqueline Novogratz proposes a middle way she calls patient capital, with promising examples of entrepreneurial innovation driving social change.

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    The Acumen Manifesto

    It starts by standing with the poor, listening to voices unheard, and recognizing potential where others see despair. It demands investing... [READ MORE]

    The Acumen Manifesto

    It starts by standing with the poor, listening to voices unheard,
    and recognizing potential where others see despair.

    It demands investing as a means, not an end, daring to go
    where markets have failed and aid has fallen short. It makes
    capital work for us, not control us.

    It thrives on moral imagination: the humility to see the world
    as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be.
    It’s having the ambition to learn at the edge, the wisdom to
    admit failure, and the courage to start again.

    It requires patience and kindness, resilience and grit: a
    hard-edged hope. It’s leadership that rejects complacency,
    breaks through bureaucracy, and challenges corruption.
    Doing what’s right, not what’s easy.

    Acumen: it’s the radical idea of creating hope in a cynical
    world. Changing the way the world tackles poverty and
    building a world based on dignity.

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    100 Million Lives Impacted

    February 2013 Acumen combines the best of charity and market-based approaches to tackle poverty. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit,... [READ MORE]

    100 Million Lives Impacted

    February 2013 Acumen combines the best of charity and market-based approaches to tackle poverty. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, we raise charitable funds to invest in social enterprises that deliver affordable, critical goods and services to the poor.

    We support companies in India, Pakistan, and East and West Africa investing in the health, housing, water, energy, agriculture, and education sectors. 100% of your donations are invested in the entrepreneurs, leaders, and ideas that support our mission of changing the way the world tackles poverty.

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    The Generosity Experiment

    September 2011 In this inspiring talk at the NextGen:Charity conference, Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer at Acumen,... [READ MORE]

    The Generosity Experiment

    September 2011 In this inspiring talk at the NextGen:Charity conference, Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer at Acumen, shares the results of his month-long “Generosity Experiment” where he said “yes” to every request for help.

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    Inspiring a life of immersion

    December 2010 Inspiring a Life of Immersion. We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous,... [READ MORE]

    Inspiring a life of immersion

    December 2010 Inspiring a Life of Immersion. We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging TED talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she’s met in her work in “patient capital” — people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice. These human stories carry powerful moments of inspiration.

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    Behind the Manifesto

    April 18, 2013 Go behind the Acumen Manifesto to understand what it really means to stand with the poor and change the way the... [READ MORE]

    Behind the Manifesto

    April 18, 2013 Go behind the Acumen Manifesto to understand what it really means to stand with the poor and change the way the world is tackling poverty. 

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    Dial 1298 for Ambulance

    January 28, 2009 GOOD Magazine produced a video featuring our investee, Ziqitza Health Care Limited, which provides emergency... [READ MORE]

    Dial 1298 for Ambulance

    January 28, 2009 GOOD Magazine produced a video featuring our investee, Ziqitza Health Care Limited, which provides emergency medical services in India.

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    Are You Ready?

    July 9, 2012 An overview of Acumen's investing model featuring Husk Power Systems, a social enterprise that generates renewable... [READ MORE]

    Are You Ready?

    July 9, 2012 An overview of Acumen’s investing model featuring Husk Power Systems, a social enterprise that generates renewable energy and distributes it through mini-grids in rural Bihar, India.

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    Power in Our Interconnectedness

    March 8, 2013 Jacqueline Novogratz joined an inspiring line-up of speakers at  [READ MORE]

    Power in Our Interconnectedness

    March 8, 2013 Jacqueline Novogratz joined an inspiring line-up of speakers at TEDxEuston 2012. What makes TEDxEuston unique is that is focuses on spreading the work and ideas of a new generation of African leadership. The talks are presented to a mainly African audience, and especially those who are living outside the continent seeking to engage with Africa in an active and meaningful way.

    Jacqueline’s talk touches on the themes of identity, finding meaning, and “coming home” to your true self through the relationships you create and the ideas you hold dear. She also highlights our work in Africa with a broad range of investee companies: from combating counterfeit medicine through Sproxil’s mobile production authentication to restoring economic livelihoods in war-torn Northern Uganda with Gulu Agricultural Development Company.