To increase the impact of our poverty-fighting efforts, we center equity across our grantmaking, direct service, capacity building, and systems change efforts.

To increase the impact of our poverty-fighting efforts, we center equity across our grantmaking, direct service, capacity building, and systems change efforts.

Investing for Racial Equity in Grantmaking

Institutional and systemic racism intersect with poverty in profound and undeniable ways. In each of Tipping Point’s four issue areas, racial inequities are evident in disproportionate birth rates and early childcare outcomes; quality of and access to education; and disproportionate unemployment and underemployment rates; as well as access to housing and services. Our crisis response initiatives (Better Futures for Foster Youth, Chronic Homelessness Initiative, and COVID-19 response) also address pressing issues that disproportionately impact people of color. A core part of our approach is to identify where racial disparities are present in the communities we serve, and to prioritize investments, research ,and policy that uncovers and addresses those inequities.


Supporting solutions that ensure homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring, with targeted interventions for neighbors who are of color and/or LGBT and more likely to experience homelessness.

Early Childhood

Prioritizing interventions and policies that support Black, Latinx, and Pacific Islander infants, toddlers and families to succeed in school and beyond.


Increasing the number of low-income students of color in the Bay Area who are graduating from college.


Increasing the employment pipeline for Black and Latinx workers to well-paying jobs in industries with career pathways.

Strengthening Impact: Capacity Building

Beyond our financial investments, we offer tailored capacity building support to grow and strengthen our grantees, including professional development and leadership skills-building opportunities for people of color leading our grantee organizations.

Scaling Impact: Research, Policy, and Systems Change

Understanding how racial inequity shows up in the Bay Area and beyond is essential to addressing poverty at scale. Tipping Point invests in research that uncovers the barriers to social mobility that disproportionately impact people of color, tests innovative strategies, and advances promising solutions. Our policy and systems change work accelerates these solutions to promote economic mobility for communities of color, and we make strategic investments to funds that promote equitable solutions to poverty.

Abundant Birth Project

Provides monthly income boosts to low-income, pregnant Black and Pacific Islander women in San Francisco from pregnancy through their child’s first birthday.

California Black Freedom Fund

A $100 million fund created by Black leaders and organizers that invests in organizations working to eradicate systemic and institutional racism.

Grantee Policy Anchors

Each of our four issue areas features a grantee organization with policy expertise to work to ground our impact in equitable policy reform.

Increasing College Match

Education | Identifies college application and enrollment practices that can negatively impact Black, Latinx, and low-income students (study by Mathematica and Tipping Point grantee KIPP Northern California).

The Pay Back Problem

How requiring parents to pay back child support disproportionately impacts parents and children of color and fails to meet the needs of low-income families.

Taking Count

Establishes a baseline for the number of people experiencing poverty in the Bay Area and finds Black and Latinx families are much more likely to experience poverty and hardship in the Bay Area. (Our future research will disaggregate Asian American community members when possible to provide fuller context.)

Understanding College Access and Completion for Bay Area Students

Education | Measures student outcomes across California’s public and private colleges and identifies varying completion rates for Black, Latinx, and low-income students.

View From the Outside

Housing | Insights from more than 300 San Franciscans experiencing homelessness, which disproportionately impacts Black residents.