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.



Providing choice not charity


Million invested

in breakthrough innovations


Jobs created & supported

improving livelihoods and economies


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.

“Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor es Presidente de Intercorp y Socio General de Nexus Group. Intercorp y Nexus Group desarrollan sus operaciones principalmente en el Perú y en la región andina y poseen una cartera de compañías en sectores tales como servicios financieros, retail, bienes raíces, educación, entretenimiento y envases de plástico con un equipo de 50 000 colaboradores e ingresos de aproximadamente 5 mil millones de dólares. Carlos Rodríguez-Pastor es también co-fundador y Presidente del Directorio de Innova Schools.”

-Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor

“HOPE is real. Local solutions can be found with patience.”

-Jay Jaboneta

2013 Global Fellow

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

-Bob Niehaus

Founder, Greenhill Capital Partners

“I have learned to work with uncertainty within and around me.”

-R Michael Craig

2013 Global Fellow

“We came to Acumen looking for answers, yet we found that there is more value in continuing to ask the questions, that these questions often start a much needed conversation.”

-Shahd AlShehail

2013 Global Fellow

“I learn to see and treat each individual as a complex being with emotions, struggles and hopes. ”

-Christina Tang

2013 Global Fellow

“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

“The fellowship helped me see the world from a different angle - an angle the corporate world is not used, but which is so important in order to make the world a better place.”

-Abbas Akhtar

2013 Global Fellow

“There are a growing number of entrepreneurs who are trying, and succeeding, in reaching these farmers, in building businesses that both create a profit and help farmers work their way out of poverty. These ‘pioneer firms’ may be the key to transforming the potential for smallholder farmers to make new and better lives for themselves and their children.”

-Paul Polman

CEO, Unilever

“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


“Virgilio se vinculó a Acumen como Director para Latinoamérica en septiembre de 2013. Tiene a su cargo la totalidad de las inversiones, operaciones y actividades de desarrollo empresarial en América Latina. Antes de vincularse a Acumen fue Director Ejecutivo de la Banca de Inversión Social, entidad sin ánimo de lucro que ha ayudado a liderar el desarrollo del espacio de la inversión de impacto en Colombia. ”

-Virgilio Barco

Director para Latinoamérica

“Mariángela se vinculó a Acumen en 2014 como Asociada Senior de Portafolio. En ese cargo, su función es originar y crecer el portafolio de Acumen en América Latina. Antes de llegar a Acumen, Mariangela trabajó en Mesoamerica, un Fondo de Capital Privado con operaciones en Centroamérica y la Región Andina. ”

-Mariángela Ramírez

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

-Seth Godin

Author & Blogger

“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


“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


“Self-discovery, deepening of maturity, sharpening of tools and expansion of network – what an amazing experience! It is liberating to know that I am not normal but I am sane.”

-Marion Moon

2013 East Africa Fellow

“The Acumen Fellowship has given me a deeper appreciation for the incredible diversity of perspectives shaping the development debate in contemporary Pakistan.”

-Mehran Gul

2013 Pakistan Fellow

“These entrepreneurial companies we call pioneer firms are too important to remain subscale, or worse, to fail. Growing Prosperity identifies what’s working, and what must change to shift the odds more in favor of these firms and the smallholder farmers they serve.”

-Vikki Tam

Partner, Bain & Company

“The fellowship provided me an opportunity to get to know some talented young people with creative ideas about how to solve problems of the marginalized communities of Pakistan. ”

-Muhammad Saeed Khan

2013 Pakistan Fellow

“Day after day, I take three steps forward and two steps back. Frustrating, but I embrace this journey as I can get stronger only by falling down, getting back up again, and repeat.”

-Junko Tashiro

2013 Global Fellow

“For me,"patient capital" has transformed from being a buzz phrase to something I see creating real value. At d.light, we're not only providing lights to people, but hope also.”

-Mustapha Abokede

2013 Global Fellow

“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


“Resilience and moral imagination are key in my life. Neither grants nor markets alone will solve poverty but honest engagement with the very people whose problems am solving.”

-Patricia Jumi

2012 East Africa Fellow

“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.

“+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


“My fellowship was crucial; I have the courage to start my enterprise, honing my leadership style in training and experience at GADC and supported by my cohort and Acumen family.”

-Natalie Grillon

2013 Global Fellow

“I had a chance to interact with a different kind of Philanthropy, one that seeks to reach out to people in need without comprising their dignity. This makes true giving conceivable”

-Pauline Wanja

2012 East Africa Fellow

“I never knew I had this much potential; it has been a moment of learning and self discovery, great inspiration and encouragement, every leader needs this for progress in our time.”

-Joachim Ewechu

2013 East Africa Fellow

“The solutions are out there, but they are not being used widely enough to make a meaningful, lasting difference. The time to accelerate progress is now—not by one sector, but by all sectors.”

-Jacqueline Novogratz

Founder and CEO, Acumen

“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


“Santiago tiene por objeto el crecimiento del portafolio en América Latina y brindar apoyo en temas de gestión a las empresas del portafolio. Antes de vincularse a Acumen, Santiago trabajó para Endeavor donde estuvo a cargo de la búsqueda y selección de empresarios de alto impacto, y de las evaluaciones estratégicas y operativas de las empresas del portafolio.”

-Santiago Melo

“Leaders need vision: this is a starting point. They also need pragmatism and resolve to see change through. The fellowship cultivates our visions, and trains us to enable change.”

-Tayeb Noorbhai

2013 East Africa Fellow

“Being the change I want to see in the world can be a difficult challenge. The Acumen Fellowship has provided me with a vibrant support structure and tools to do good and do well.”

-Majala Mlagui

2013 East Africa Fellow

“It takes more than passion and smarts and a good business model for a social entrepreneur to succeed. Most of all it takes guts and unshakeable commitment.”

-Nicole Iden

2013 Global Fellow

“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


“Leaders aren't usually the best swimmers out there, but are always the first few to take the risk of crossing river. Acumen has taught me that leading the change is worth the risk.”

-Waqas Ali

2013 Pakistan Fellow

“Samuel Azout es Fundador y Presidente de la “Fundación Futbol con Corazón” (, una ONG dedicada a ayudar a construir comunidades sanas y seguras en Colombia, mejorando las oportunidades de vida de niños, jóvenes y adolescentes vulnerables. Su trabajo se concentra específicamente en reducir violencia juvenil, prevenir reclutamiento forzoso y promover igualdad de género.”

-Samuel Azout

Growing Prosperity offers valuable insights that can significantly increase the contribution of pioneering entrepreneurs. To sustainably increase agricultural productivity, the entire sector must unite to ensure that smallholder farmers have the tools and resources they need to live healthy and productive lives.”

-Dr. Chris Elias

President, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“The Good Society readings inspired me to be more committed to the institutionalization of core governance principles, such as sound public policy, liberty and the rule of law.”

-William Lochi

2013 East Africa Fellow

“+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

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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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