Tipping Point Community
Tipping Point Community [http://www.tippoint.org] is a grant-making organization that fights poverty in the
San Francisco Bay Area. Founded by Daniel Lurie in 2005, Tipping Point finds the most effective non-profits addressing poverty in the community, funds them, and provides the management assistance necessary to ensure that they succeed. Tipping Point provides this management assistance through the strategic partnerships it builds with private sector corporations and non-profit organizations.
Tipping Point is modeled after the
Robin Hood Foundationin New York, and has been praised by the San Francisco Chroniclefor giving "young donors a place to make their first foray into the charity world by taking on issues of poverty and class." [cite news |first= Carolyne|last= Zinko |title=A new breed of young Bay Area philanthropists redefines the meaning -- and methods -- of giving |url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/14/LVGAINF8UN1.DTL |publisher=San Francisco Chronicle |date=2007-01-14 |accessdate=2008-10-02 |language= |quote= |archiveurl= |archivedate= ] According to the San Francisco Business Times, "Tipping Point has quadrupled the number of donor gifts and increased the amount it gives away from $450,000 two years ago to $5.5 million this year." ["Nonprofit Tipping Point aims fundraising blitz at local poverty" http://sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2008/05/19/story5.html] Its board is comprised of local philanthropists including Katie Schwab, Chris James and former San Francisco 49er Ronnie Lott. Tipping Point’s board underwrites all fundraising and operating costs, enabling 100% of every dollar donated to go directly toward grant-making.
By June of 2009, Tipping Point will have granted more than $9 million in funds to Bay Area organizations serving low-income families and individuals in four key areas:
• Education/Youth Development
• Employment/Asset Building
• Child/Family Wellness
• Homelessness/Housing Assistance
• SingleStop USA [http://www.singlestopusa.org/]
At the 2008 Benefit, Tipping Point raised $1.5 M to seed 6 SingleStop sites in the Bay Area. SingleStop is a national program that connects low-income families with untapped public benefits, tax credits and essential services.
Slate Magazinerecently called SingleStop "the best poverty fighting bet." ["The Best Poverty-Fighting Bet" June 2, 2008. http://www.slate.com/id/2192724]
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