Acumen builds businesses and develops leaders that work to solve the problems of poverty.
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 2014, the Woodcock Foundation provided the first installment, in the amount of $167,000, on a new 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. The grant is for general operating support, but Acumen will direct it toward the continued expansion and refinement of the Global Fellows Program.