Acumen Fund

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Acumen Fund "is a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. We seek to prove that small amounts of philanthropic capital, combined with large doses of business acumen, can build thriving enterprises that serve vast numbers of the poor. Our investments focus on delivering affordable, critical goods and services – like health, water and housing – through innovative, market-oriented approaches." [1]

"Acumen Fund was incorporated on April 1, 2001, with seed capital from the Rockefeller Foundation, Cisco Systems Foundation and three individual philanthropists." [2]

Listed as a partner of the Global Fairness Initiative and a project partner of GlobalGiving.

Acumen Fund Partners

Leadership Circle ($1,000,000+)

Keystone Partners ($500,000+)

Sustaining Partners ($250,000+)

Senior Partners ($100,000+)

for others


Accessed May 2008: [1]

Directors (accessed June 2007)


Advisory Council (accessed June 2007)

Portfolio Advisory Panel - Health (accessed June 2007)

Portfolio Advisory Panel - Housing (accessed June 2007)

Portfolio Advisory Panel - Water (accessed June 2007)

  • Jennifer Davis, Ford International, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Urban Studies & Planning, MIT
  • Ganesh Pangare, Technical Director, World Water Institute, Pune, India
  • Laura Parkin, Executive Director, Wadhwani Foundation
  • Isha Ray, Assistant Professor, Energy & Resources Group, University of California at Berkeley




Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Directors, Acumen Fund, accessed May 15, 2008.