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
Since our beginnings in 2004, Aeris has established risk management standards for private community loan funds (CDFIs) and has helped drive the development of impact measurement and management practices in the CDFI industry—a learning curve now being replicated in the broader impact investment world. In 2013, the Aeris Cloud became the first online platform to help CDFI investors understand the impact and financial performance of their investments. Today, the broader investing field seeks a reliable, high-quality tool to collect, manage, and analyze impact data. Aeris’ unique experience and expertise can help accelerate the pace of impact investing.
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.
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.
The Stevens and Nichols families share a commitment to education and the arts, together with an enduring appreciation of the inter-relatedness of local community to the international community and to the global environment. It is to this shared vision that the work of the Foundation is dedicated.
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.
Dalberg Advisors is a mission-driven strategy advisory firm, working to build a more inclusive and sustainable world where all people, everywhere, can reach their fullest potential.
We are known for a focus on global development - and have nearly two decades of experience advising foundations, development finance institutions, and impact investors on a range of issues across the developing world - but are increasingly serving clients to achieve impact in the US. This includes market research and analysis, investment strategy development, opportunity identification, due diligence, and impact management. Aside from our strategy services, we help our clients build new initiatives and thrive in multi-stakeholder settings.
Our talented staff combine experience in top-tier professional services firms and leading academic institutions, with experience in social impact settings. Our diverse staff is representative of the people we serve: 50% women and 50% men; more than 50 nationalities; more than 90 languages spoken; two-thirds of our full-time staff are based in Africa and South Asia. We are a global partnership, with 27 partners and 25 associate partners globally. Our leadership includes a diverse set of backgrounds: https://dalberg.com/who-we-are/our-leadership
Founded in New York in 2001, Dalberg has a global footprint with 22 offices located in Abidjan, Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Geneva, Johannesburg, Kigali, Lagos, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi, New Delhi, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore, and Washington, D.C.