Tipping Point Community: Grants for the Bay Area and Northern California

OVERVIEW: The Tipping Point Community supports education, housing, employment, early childhood, and disaster relief in the Bay Area of Northern California.

FUNDING AREAS: Poverty, education, housing, employment, early childhood, disaster relief

IP TAKE: This local funder offers unrestricted operating support and also grants for emergency needs that arise unexpectedly.

PROFILE: Established in 2005, Tipping Point Community is a poverty-fighting organization in the Bay Area of Northern California. Daniel Lurie founded Tipping Point after working at the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City and returning home to California. This funder “fights poverty in the Bay Area for the 1.3 million people too poor to meet their basic needs.” Grantmaking includes education, housing, employment, early childhood, and disaster relief.

Education grants address literacy, high school graduation, college attendance and post-secondary education. Employment grants fund career-track jobs, increasing earnings over time, and retaining high-quality employment positions. Housing grants seek to connect individuals and families with stable housing options, as well as employment, health and case management services. The funder also provides early education grants to support children ages zero to five in terms of early literacy and positive parenting supports. For all of its program areas, Tipping Point focuses on helping local people who are struggling with poverty. The funder also raises money and distributes grants for disaster relief efforts after emergency situations. It prioritizes unrestricted and flexible funding to assist the nonprofit sector.

Tipping Point grants tend to range from $10,000 to $1 million. Grants over $1 million are also not uncommon. View information about recent grants on the funder’s grantees page and news page. The funder focuses on the San Francisco area of California, and more broadly, on six Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara. In addition to grants, Tipping Point also provides connections with pro-bono partners, research and development on poverty-related issues, and public-sector collaborations on policy. The grantmaker considers both well-established and early-stage organizations for funding.

Tipping Point accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry from local nonprofits. Grantseekers should complete the online introduction form on the funder’s website to get involved with the funder. If interested, the staff will arrange an informational site visit, conduct due diligence, and make a recommendation to the board for funding consideration. Direct general questions to the staff at info@tippingpoint.org or 415-348-1240.


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