A global community changing the way the world tackles poverty


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Lagos, Nigeria
Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria
Agribusiness, Clean technology and energy, Education, Financial services, Healthcare, Real estate, Water, sanitation and hygiene

Acumen was incorporated on April 1, 2001, with seed capital from the Rockefeller Foundation, Cisco Systems Foundation and three individual philanthropists. Our desire was to transform the world of philanthropy by looking at all human beings as members of a single, global community where everyone had the opportunity to build a life of dignity. The organization would invest “Patient Capital,” capital that bridges the gap between the efficiency and scale of market-based approaches and the social impact of pure philanthropy, in entrepreneurs bringing sustainable solutions to big problems of poverty.