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

Providing choice not charity

$83

Million invested

in breakthrough innovations

58,000

Jobs created & supported

improving livelihoods and economies

100

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.

“The problems that Acumen is trying to solve are some of the most interesting, most important problems in the world. ”

-Seth Godin
Author & Blogger

“Patient Capital is ultimately what’s going to move these countries out of poverty.”

-Bob Niehaus
Founder, Greenhill Capital Partners

“They have a world-class team of people with a unique set of attributes that I just haven’t seen anywhere else.”

-Bo Miller
Director of Corporate Citizenship, The Dow Chemical Company

“Coming from Pakistan, I searched for a long time to find organizations to support, and I feel Acumen provides hope for Pakistan in a way that none other really has at this point.”

-Shaiza Rizavi
Partner, Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co.

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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Bio2013 BHassan

Batool Hassan

Director of Business Development
New York, USA

T: 646-747-3969
E: bhassan@acumen.org

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Vinay Nair

Head of International Business Development
London, England

E: vnair@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.