Partner with Acumen

Our Partners know that the world needs a radically different approach to solving poverty

Acumen Partners understand there are no silver bullets when it comes to poverty. We’re a community of individuals and institutions who believe there’s a better way and are working together to challenge the status quo. We provide vital financial and human capital to help Acumen discover long-term solutions to the world’s toughest problems.

Our Impact

Creating a World Beyond Poverty

We work towards a world in which every human being has access to affordable, critical goods and services, the opportunity to make his own decisions and the ability to solve her own problems.

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Companies

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Jobs created & supported

improving livelihoods and economies

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Million Lives Impacted

With dignity not dependence

Investing for Impact

We invest charitable donations in companies providing low-income communities with access to affordable, life-changing products and services. All investment returns are recycled into new social enterprises, amplifying the impact of every donation we receive. Our model removes the dependency created by the traditional aid model. It allows individuals to make choices and decisions to improve their own lives.

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A Different Way to Give

Being an Acumen Partner

At Acumen, we refer to our donors as ‘Partners’ because giving to Acumen is about more than a financial contribution. Our Partners play an integral part in the organization, and we value the expertise and perspective that they bring to the table.

As a Partner, you are invited to participate in events throughout the year where you can connect with other Partners, staff, and entrepreneurs. We go to great lengths to maintain transparency with our Partners, sharing detailed reporting on our portfolio, leadership, and innovation work, and connect individually with Partners throughout the year who are interested in diving deeper into our work.

Designating Your Support

Partners can designate their support to Acumen in a variety of ways including to a specific investment portfolio, to a region where Acumen invests, to our global and sector expansion efforts, or to support our leadership work.  Partners can support Acumen with an unrestricted donation, allowing us to allocate your donation to the portfolio, region, or program where it is needed at the time of giving.

As a 501(c)3, all donations to Acumen are tax-deductible. Acumen’s Board of Directors covers 100% of our fundraising and administrative costs, so as a Partner your contribution directly supports investments, post-investment management, metrics, and leadership development.

Partner Benefits

Our Partners are a core part of our community.  Partner engagement opportunities and benefits for Partners include:

  • Quarterly Partner-only communications including Portfolio, Sector, and Leadership updates, and Partner Conference Calls.
  • Partner Breakfasts and other Partner-only events hosted throughout the year in different Partner geographies.
  • Exclusive invitation to our annual Investor Gathering in New York; a full-day meeting to share insights from entrepreneurs, country leaders, portfolio team, and advisors.
  • Exclusive invitation to our annual Global Fellows Graduation ceremony in New York; an evening event where Global Fellows share their experiences working on the ground with our investees.
  • Partner-only field visits with Acumen team members to visit our regional offices and investee companies where Partners experience first-hand what it takes to develop real innovations for the poor.
  • Opportunities for Partners to provide expertise and value to our team and entrepreneurs.

Who Partners With Acumen?

Our Partners come from over 20 countries and include many of the world’s leading philanthropists as well as visionary foundations and corporations.

“Let the fireworks begin! Volunteering with Acumen has really been quite an experience. I've done community service in the past, but never with such insight and innovation.”

-Mohammed Al Saadoun

Riyadh+Acumen

“You will never know what you are capable of unless you try. Be brave enough to be vulnerable and humble. Accept who you truly are, yet always strive to know yourself better. ”

-Raseel Sehmi

Vancouver+Acumen

“+Acumen volunteering goes beyond fundraising and community building—it's also an opportunity to develop key leadership skills such as self-awareness, empathy, and moral imagination”

-Cristina Celis

New York+Acumen

“+Acumen enriches my life in ways I hadn’t anticipated. It challenges my thinking on poverty alleviation & leadership and inspires me to do my best to give back in my own way.”

-Natasha D'Souza

Dubai+Acumen

“The Acumen community is one of great role models. I am challenged and inspired to reflect on how my work contributes to something beyond myself and to lead from a place of purpose.”

-Mark McCoy

Vancouver+Acumen

“What I love most about +Acumen is interacting with different people, through the chapter team and our events, who share a common vision to bring change to the developing world.”

-Anna Tuveson

London+Acumen

“The role of +Acumen cannot be expressed in one single way, but rather as a platform and support for people who want to turn their ideas into actions.”

-Eriko (Atsumi) Yagi

Tokyo+Acumen

“Volunteering with +Acumen gives me a rich community of friends, partners, teachers, & role models who care about the poor. I'm learning to lead & to fight the problems of poverty.”

-Stefan Mustain

Chicago+Acumen

Our Corporate & Foundation Partners

Partner WIth Us

Are you ready to join our dynamic team to change the way the world tackles poverty? Take the first step and get in touch!

Join a worldwide community of individuals, family foundations, corporations, institutions and entrepreneurs who give $10,000 or more each year to support our work. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Partner, give us a call. We’d love to chat about the impact we can make together!

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Yasmina Zaidman

Director of Strategic Partnerships
New York, USA

T: 646-747-3974
E: yzaidman@acumen.org

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Eleanor Murphy

Business Development Manager
New York, USA

E: emurphy@acumen.org

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Acumen is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.
Donations to Acumen Fund are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.