ACUMEN FUND INC

Rating: 4.67 stars   3 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 76 Ninth Avenue Suite 315 New York NY 10011 USA

Mission: Acumen Fund exists to help end poverty by changing how the world addresses it. We invest patient capital to strengthen and scale business models that effectively serve the poor and we champion this approach as a complement to both charity and pure market approaches. Our Vision is that one day every human being will have access to the critical goods and services they need – including affordable health, water, housing, energy, agricultural inputs and services – so that they can make decisions and choices for themselves and unleash their full human potential. This is where dignity starts – not just for the poor but for everyone on earth.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Acumen is about helping people into the business world where they can help themselves and others and get the job done. It's for real a "rising tide lifts all boats" thing, and have been very effective.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

These guys help budding businesspeople around the world get their businesses going.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the direct effect of their training, people starting businesses.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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Half way into the book the Blue Sweater I sent an email to The Acumen fund. The person in NY put me in touch with London who were organising their first event, the timing was great. Acumen aligns with my insides in a way Im still trying to find words for. I am an African that beleives in teaching people to fish not giving them fish. The investments Acumen make in entrepreneurs in developing countries encourages both a return on investment in cash terms and a huge return on investment in human terms, without which there would be no monetary gain.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The guidance and clear vision the NY team has is inspiring to me. They continue to develop in unconventioanal and inovitive ways. As a volunteer it's been important for me to know they are there supporting, guiding and encouraging.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have no changes to make right now only encouragement to keep changing the way philanthroy operates and keep inspiring others to learn to fish vs be given fish.

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