As Acumen Fund, a global venture philanthropy firm, is moving forward with an investment portfolio of more than $ 22 million, it runs in two critical measurement tasks. Firstly, it should, as the performance of individual plants if their interest is not only the bottom line, but also the social implications? What should his performance tracking system to allow better comparison to look, and to identify problems before they become too big to fix? The second challenge is attracting investors … Read more »

As Acumen Fund, a global venture philanthropy firm, is moving forward with an investment portfolio of more than $ 22 million, it runs in two critical measurement tasks. Firstly, it should, as the performance of individual plants if their interest is not only the bottom line, but also the social implications? What should his performance tracking system to allow better comparison to look, and to identify problems before they become too big to fix? The second challenge is to attract investors. Acumen wants the area of ​​”social investment” through the creation of a new asset class for investors who rely on the social impact it. This requires cooperation with competitors in the field to create benchmarks and standards of measurement. How to build Acumen standards in the industry, when peer organizations around the confidentiality of data is involved? Without such comparisons, such as Acumen will attract investors to the area?
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Alnoor Ebrahim,
V. Kasturi Rangan
Source: Harvard Business School
14 pages.
Release Date: 16 September 2009. Prod #: 310017-PDF-ENG
Acumen Fund: Measurement in Impact Investing (B) HBR case solution