Case Study Sector
Acumen Fund is an international venture philanthropy fund that has recently refined its strategy for providing management support to its investments. The chief investment officer is reviewing the performance of a portfolio organization and, against the backdrop of Acumen Fund's evolution and renewed focus on management support, is trying to determine how much additional support to provide to an organization that has faced significant challenges. Describes the organization—a small start-up water filter manufacturer and distributor in rural India—and its goals, performance, and management challenges. Describes Acumen Fund's approach to investment and management of philanthropic investments in developing countries.