Why Impact Investment Must Be a Means Not an End

Acumen has been supporting services such as healthcare, electricity, agriculture, and education that has benefited millions of people worldwide.

According to Acumen, "potential for impact is as much about the entrepreneur as it is the business model: the who – and the what – we invest in."

Acumen partnered with entrepreneurs with the character and fierce determination to change the lives of people living in poverty around the world.

Acumen invests in purpose-driven entrepreneurs at the early stage of business development, deploying risk-tolerant patient capital backed by philanthropy. Acumen sees investment as a means, not an end.

As pioneer, impact-driven investors, Acumen starts with the problem to solve and then determines the kind of capital needed to solve it. As early-stage investors, Acumen also understands that its investees need support. Acumen's hands-on support and accountability also entails measuring impact. Read the Entire Article


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Warren Buffett's Grandson on the Art of Opportunity Zone Social Impact Investing

Howard W. Buffett, the grandson of legendary investor and billionaire Warren Buffett, is getting into Opportunity Zones. Buffett is launching a software tool that measures an Opportunity Zone...more

Reimagining Black Wealth: Asking 400 Year Old Questions

Living Cities staff JaNay Queen Nazaire, Chief Strategy Officer, and Demetric Duckett, Managing Director, write how Living Cities is "not only doubling-down on the use of capital as a driving...more

Lessons from Facebook’s $1B Housing Crisis Investment
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Facebook is one of the most recent examples of big tech making investment to ease California's housing crisis, which has led to a homelessness epidemic in recent years. Facebook has pledged $1...more

How to Finance Social Innovation? 5 Insights from Impact! Africa

Ashoka and the British Council hosted the Impact! Africa Summit, which convened at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies around the topic "Collaborative Finance for Social Innovation." The two-day...more

Here's How to Invest in Baltimore's Neglected Neighborhoods

In a commentary by Eric K. Hontz, senior program officer at The Center for International Private Enterprise, it focuses on how Baltimore residents and neighborhoods can break the cycle of poverty and...more

Can I Meet My Objectives Through Impact Investing

In a commentary by Eric K. Hontz, senior program officer at The Center for International Private Enterprise, it focuses on how Baltimore residents and neighborhoods can break the cycle of poverty and...more

What Impact Investing Needs to Move Forward

Beth Ambrose, director at Upstream Sustainability Services at JLL, addresses what impact investing needs to move forward. According to Ambrose, as impact investing starts to gain more traction...more

Stakeholder Capitalism: Intention is the First Step toward Accountability

This article written by CASE Faculty Director Cathy Clark, tackles what do America's CEOs want to change about corporate governance. Clark shares what the Business Roundtable, a lobbying group...more

TOMS Moves Beyond One for One Model to Further Innovate Impact

Grant Trahant speaks with Amy Smith, Chief Giving Officer at TOMS in Episode 30 of the Disruptors for Good podcast. In a fireside chat, Amy shares with Grant the future of TOMS philanthropy and its...more

From Supporting Social Enterprise to Becoming a Social investor

Ian Taylor, Director of Development of GMCVO, shares GMCVO's journey to becoming a social investor. GMCVO is a voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector support organisation for...more





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