Acumen builds businesses and develops leaders that work to solve the problems of poverty.

Grantee Profile

Acumen’s mission is to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas. Since 2001, Acumen has invested nearly $90 million in more than 80 companies and has impacted the lives of more than 100 million people. Acumen invests patient capital in early-stage companies, providing reliable and affordable access to critical goods and services – like health, water, energy, housing, and agriculture — to low-income customers. Acumen’s Global Fellows Program became the organization’s flagship leadership development initiative in 2006. The Fellows work to create a world beyond poverty and based on dignity for all people by using their financial and operational skills to work closely with the management of Acumen’s investee organizations. Most of the Fellows go on to become innovative leaders in the social change space.

About Our Grants

In 2016, the Woodcock Foundation provided the final installment on a three-year, $500,000 grant to Acumen.  These funds are for Acumen’s ongoing efforts to link foundations, corporations, and individuals with social innovators who are working to find solutions to entrenched social problems.  While the grant is for general operating support, Acumen is directing it towards the continued expansion and refinement of its Global Fellows Program.