Tipping Point works to increase early brain development, family mental health, and economic security for parents with children ages 0-3.

80% of brain growth occurs within the first three years of life and many life-long disparities are set in motion during infancy. High-quality services for parents and early care and education programs can lay a strong foundation in early childhood for positive outcomes throughout their lives.

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Early Childhood Grantees

Tipping Point believes in the importance of investing in both direct-service organizations with strong connections to the community, and in organizations that will advocate for policies with statewide impact such as: home visiting – a proven tool for supporting parents in their children’s early development – and supports for student parents, who can dramatically improve their future economic stability and children’s outcomes by increasing their education.

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Non-Profit Funding

What We Fund
  • We currently invite 1 to 2 new organizations per year to join our early childhood portfolio.
  • We fund direct service organizations that help low-income pregnant women, parents and caregivers, and their infants and toddlers.
  • We prioritize organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties, where there are the highest levels of poverty among young children and/or the least services.
  • We also prioritize organizations led by people of color, recognizing that Black, Latinx, AAPI, and inidigenous-led organizations have historically been underinvested in by philanthropy.
What We Don’t Fund
  • We don’t fund family resource centers without an intensive case management component, non-Early Head Start providers, or emergency services. 
  • We don’t fund organizations that provide primarily “light touch” services, such as events and workshops.  
  • We are also less likely to fund organizations in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties at this time.