2020 Annual Report

A year unlike any other

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This time last year, we could not have foreseen how 2020 would unfold. While the pandemic and economic crisis tested Acumen in many ways, it also unleashed the type of collaboration, commitment and moral imagination needed to design new solutions that could meet needs of the moment.

Our 2020 Annual Report explores the resilience of our global community. From mobilizing to raise COVID-19 emergency relief funds and exploring the intersections of poverty, racism and climate to launching Acumen Academy, read how Acumen’s values served as a foundation to stand with poor and vulnerable communities in crisis, and beyond.

About Acumen

For 20 years, Acumen has invested in entrepreneurs solving the toughest challenges of poverty. These bold innovators not only have the ability to imagine audacious new solutions, they also have the grit and determination to make those solutions a reality.



Through the COVID-19 pandemic, our community took bold and concrete action. With investees and Fellows in 18 countries around the world, Acumen is took steps to ensure that low-income people continue to get the goods and services they need to weather the crisis.



Acumen Academy serves a community of social innovators and builders who are willing to embrace the challenge of solving the toughest problems and provides the practical tools, practices and resources needed to create new solutions for an interdependent world.


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