About Sasha

I have worked for the last 10+ years at Acumen, where we are changing the way the world tackles poverty. As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, I oversee our work in impact measurement, leadership, and +Acumen, the world’s school for social change.

I’ve been blogging and speaking about philanthropy, generosity and social change since 2008. It all started with my Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and my realization that if the nonprofit sector is ever going to realize its potential, we have to stop apologizing about the value of the work that we do.

In 2011, with a small group of friends, I created Generosity Day, a reboot of Valentine’s Day.  The idea sprung from my generosity experiment and what I learned from it – see my TED talk for all the details.

If you’d like to contact me for a speaking event you can email me here.

Some of my recent speaking events and writing:

AIF-01Aspen Ideas Festival 2016

Panel: What Happens When Brilliant Entrepreneurs Turn Their Minds to Social Challenges

With Jonathan Greenblatt (Anti-Defamation League), Tina Seelig (Stanford GSB), and Xavier de Sousa Briggs (Ford Foundation)

July 2016


MLPSMinneapolis Foundation

Keynote speech: The Potential and Promise of Impact Investing

August 2016


Chivas_TheVenture_VerticalChivas, The Venture

Keynote Speech: Creating Large-Scale Social Impact

July 2016


Social impact exchangeSocial Impact Exchange

Plenary Presentation, Scaling in Action: +Acumen, the World’s School for Social Change

June 2016


Co.LabCo.Lab Fellows, UJA Federation of New York

Keynote Speech: Leadership for Social Change

June 2016


GIINGlobal Impact Investing Network Investors’ Council

Panel: Uncovering Customer Insights at Scale

April 2016

With Sam Duncan, Leapfrog Investments


Acumen logoAcumen Partner Gathering

Plenary Presentation: Lean Innovation for an Exponentially Changing World

November 2015



Do LecturesDO Lectures

Talk: Why Does Fundraising Always Start With an Apology?

April 2012


max_600_400_global-philanthropy-forumGlobal Philanthropy Forum

Plenary Panel: The Facts and Fictions of Impact Investing

April 2013

With Matt Bannick (Omidyar), Maya Chorengel (Elevar Equity), and David Bank (ImpactIQ)


TED Talk: Generosity Experiment

November 2010




Selected Publications

fast-company-logoInnovation Agents – Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer, Acumen Fund

August 2011




PrintThe Power of Lean Data (link)

Feature article co-authored with Alnoor Ebrahim (HBS) and Tom Adams (Acumen)

January 2016


Harvard-Business-ReviewGive Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop (link)

March 2014



Sasha Dichter Official Biography

As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha oversees Acumen’s work in Leadership and the spread of ideas. This encompasses Acumen’s Lean Data work, the Acumen Fellows Programs, +Acumen and other efforts to help Acumen change the way the world tackles poverty. In his previous role as Acumen’s Director of Business Development, Sasha led global capital raising, including executing a successful $100M capital raise.

Sasha is also a noted speaker and blogger on generosity, philanthropy and social change, the author of the Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and the creator of Generosity Day. His talks have been featured prominently on TED.com, the DO Lectures, SOCAP and other major conferences; he has been recognized as an Innovation Agent by Fast Company magazine; and he has been a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and other leading publications. Sasha also serves on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.

Before Acumen, Sasha worked at GE Money to expand financial offerings to underserved communities globally; at IBM, spearheading the company’s corporate citizenship strategy and launching a leadership program for school administrators; and at the microfinance group of Bank Rakyat Indonesia. Sasha began his career at Booz | Allen | Hamilton consulting to telecommunications companies in Latin America and Europe.

Sasha holds a BA from Harvard College, a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Board and Advisory Roles

  • 2015 – present: Executive Committee, Aspen Network for Development Entreprenuers
  • 2014 – present: Case i3 Advisory Council
  • 2014 G8 Social Investment Taskforce, International Development Working Group
  • 2014 Amplify! Advisory Board member
  • 2010 Jury, Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Want to drop me a line? Use this form to email me.

37 thoughts on “About Sasha

  1. Sasha,
    This is great. Thank you for sharing it and for this great and inspiring work. My best regards to your family. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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  4. The Generosity Path Blog » Blog Archive » GENEROSITY TO SCARE AWAY THE BEAR

  5. Becoming a must-read blog (or, tackling my RSS feeds) « Sasha Dichter’s Blog

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  7. How do you know if a job will be “perfect” « Sasha Dichter’s Blog

  8. Sasha,
    small suggestion — unless you have a reason not to, could I suggest that you have links in your blog entries open in a new tab — I clicked on a link and followed that trail to learn more about Acumen and then had a tough time getting back to your blog….many people just give up.
    Wordpress makes it easy — when you add the link, click on ‘target’ and then click on ‘open in a new window’ — that way you won’t lose people who want to read more about a linked topic, but then want to come back to your blog….

    (I tried to send this to you in your email form and it failed…seems to be something wrong with that funcion.)

  9. Rita, this is a great idea. Absolutely I’ll do this – I didn’t know it was an option. Also I’ll check out the email form…thanks for the heads up!

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  12. Sasha,
    It’s hard to judge a person’s personality based on their success but without knowing you and not reading (I just started) much of your blog posts it is refreshing to read about an individual (successful at that) who still believes in the conviction of providing prosperity to the worlds needy and hope. I left a good paying job in Phoenix, AZ to begin something I am also passionate about; I created a company to pioneer affordable housing in Ghana. While this has been tough to get off the ground reading your Nonprofit CEO Manifesto reenergized me. Thanks

  13. Chicago for Acumen: If You Build It…. « In Search of the BluePrint: Musings on Social Impact

  14. Which purpose? « Sasha Dichter’s Blog

  15. Sasha,
    I spent the last 5.5 years as a VP at Teach For America responsible for 75% of the organization’s annual fundraising and grew the funding 40% annually. Reading your manifesto was inspiring — this is exactly how I feel about the importance of fundraising and exactly how we approached development. It’s not just about money. It’s about investing — financially and otherwise — as many people as possible in the change you’re making, and building an energized movement of individuals who, collectively, can accelerate that change much faster and better than you could do on your own. Thanks for writing this!

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  17. Reboot Valentines – Make today Generosity Day « thegivingguide

  18. Random Acts of Kindness Week | Generosity Day 2011

  19. Generosity Day Reboots a Traditional Valentine’s | Help-Portrait | 03 Dec 2011

  20. Sasha Dichter’s Manifesto for Non-Profit CEOs

  21. Wow!! That’s Writing Worth Reading about Social Entreprenuership! | The Yogic Edge

  22. That Moment - Are you surviving or are you thriving?

  23. Work really hard | Sasha Dichter's Blog

  24. Generosity Day 2012 – St. Louis « My Little Corner…

  25. Sasha,
    I was just today made aware of you and your causes and about your The Generosity Experiment!! Do you have a facebook link?? I just signed up to get updates from your site. Keep up the work your doing.. where can we make a donation to help the 30 Day Generosity Experiment ??
    Catherine “Kitty” Green

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  27. Valentine’s Day Gets a Makeover ~ Take the Pledge & Join the ‘Generosity Revolution’! | The Conscious Perspective – Providing education and awareness about conscious living, current events, personal growth, and humanitarianism

  28. Re-Framing Valentine’s Day

  29. Juicy Generosity: A New Reflex | Magpie Girl (Rachelle Mee-Chapman)

  30. Unlocking Mindfulness through Generosity | Enlightly

  31. Decidedly Generous | Generation Generosity

  32. A Day of Yes | Generation Generosity

  33. Happy Generosity Day | THE STRATEGIC LEARNER

  34. The YOLO Generosity Doctrine

  35. Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any tips for beginner blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

  36. The Courage to Be Great | Generation Generosity

  37. Five Generosity Experiments | Createquity.

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