Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $111 million in 104 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies. Learn more at www.acumen.org and on Twitter @Acumen
Ceniarth is a single-family office, and related private foundation, focused on funding market-based solutions that benefit underserved communities. Ceniarth primarily engages in rural, marginalized regions in sectors such as agriculture, financial services, energy, and affordable housing. Ceniarth makes full use of its entire portfolio in these efforts and is active in making both mission-related and program-related investments.
We connect social entrepreneurs with the resources they need, convene events to strengthen the ecosystems of impact investing and social entrepreneurship, and catalyze 100% of our balance sheet for impact.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. The Foundation works on the issues our founders cared about most, including improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, and conserving and restoring the earth's natural systems.
DWS (prior named Deutsche Asset Management) is a global asset manager with a 20 year + history in ESG and impact investments. We believe that responsible investing can improve capital allocation decisions and enhance financial market stability. Our Sustainable Investments business mobilizes public and private capital with the objective of generating a return on investment and positive social and environmental outcomes for society. We work with all business divisions to advance ESG integration in line with client interests, business-specific goals, and tools to enhance risk-adjusted returns. We strive to improve corporate governance across our holdings.
The mission of the Kenneth King Foundation is to create opportunities for those in need. Based in Colorado, our focus is removing barriers to employment, opening pathways to meaningful employment and creating opportunities for enterpreneurship.
MCE Social Capital is a nonprofit impact investing firm that uses a pioneering loan guarantee model to generate economic opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people, especially women, in more than 35 countries throughout the world. Since MCE began operations in 2006, it has lent more than $150 million in support of financial inclusion and poverty alleviation.
MCE finances its lending by collecting philanthropic guarantees from foundations and individuals (its Guarantors), instead of upfront charitable contributions. MCE uses these guarantees as collateral to borrow capital from U.S. and European financial institutions and accredited investors, then strategically deploys this capital to microfinance institutions and small businesses creating sustainable social impact throughout the developing world.
MDIF provides affordable financing and technical assistance to independent news and information businesses in challenging environments helping them to become financially sustainable. We invest in media that provide the news information and debate that people need to build free thriving societies. MDIF has invested more than $226 million in over 117 independent news businesses in 41 countries since 1996. Our dedicated team of highly skilled professionals help clients build financially viable businesses while providing real financial and social returns to a wide range of impact investors. MDIF is a New York registered not for profit corporation with 501(c)(3) public charity status.