Helping Change the Way the World Addresses Poverty

Before they redefined the space, nonprofit venture philanthropy pioneers, Acumen Fund, sought a partner to help them make their case and help shape the field of social enterprise. For over 3 years, MSDS partnered with Acumen Fund help do exactly that. Central to our relationship was creating an innovative website that could grow alongside the nonprofit as they expanded operations and increased their impact.

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Project Case Study
Acumen Fund branding & website design case study

Get a closer look at our 3-year relationship with Acumen Fund

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Recognition

American Web Design Award

Communicator Award of Excellence, Nonprofit

Communicator Award of Distinction, Financial Services

Horizon Interactive Silver Medal

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““MSDS has been a true thought partner with us in developing our brand. What sets them apart is their ability to listen to what we’re looking to do and then recommend innovative ways to achieve it, developing communications strategies and tools that help us more effectively engage our audience and increase the positive impact we’re having around the world.””

– Mariko Tada, Communications Manager

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