Tipping Point Community

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Tipping Point Community 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-profit 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 Foundation in New York, and has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for giving "young donors a place to make their first foray into the charity world by taking on issues of poverty and class."[1] 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."[2] Its board is composed 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.

Since 2005, Tipping Point has raised more than $60 million to support nearly 250,000 Bay Area people in need.

There’s no one way to fight poverty. We fund the most effective poverty-fighting organizations across six Bay Area counties that provide comprehensive support in four key portfolio areas:

  • Education + Youth
  • Employment
  • Family Wellness
  • Housing

Special Initiatives[edit]

  • SingleStop USA – 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 Magazine recently called SingleStop "the best poverty fighting bet."[3]


  1. ^ Zinko, Carolyne (2007-01-14). "A new breed of young Bay Area philanthropists redefines the meaning – and methods – of giving". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Nonprofit Tipping Point aims fundraising blitz at local poverty" http://sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2008/05/19/story5.html
  3. ^ "The Best Poverty-Fighting Bet" June 2, 2008. http://www.slate.com/id/2192724

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