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Because We Dare: 2021 Annual Report

Workers checking bags of dried fruits in a facility in West Africa

In 2021, we celebrated two decades of impact – forging solutions that offer dignity and opportunity for hundreds of millions of low-income people.

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2021 was Acumen’s 20th year of tackling the world’s toughest challenges of poverty. Our 2021 Annual report highlights our achievements so far and the work that still remains to be done. In this report you will find:

  • A summary of our patient capital report, “Investing as a Means,” that analyzed the successes and failures of 20 years of philanthropic investment.
  • A portfolio update of our $146 million of philanthropic investments and $156 million in our for-profit impact funds.
  • An important summary of the conclusion of our Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative, which funded early stage energy investments in India, East Africa, West Africa and Latin America; it leveraged and raised an additional $128.3 million since it began in 2017.
  • Updates on our leadership programs and accelerators including the announcement of a new community of social entrepreneurs and ‘builders’ called The Foundry.

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