We’re always trying new things. Tipping Point initiatives are opportunities for us to go beyond our core investment areas, filling gaps in services for grantees and assisting with fundraising for select projects.
Summit Academy Music Room
Be a Tipping Point Auction Package 2007
At the very first Tipping Point Benefit, four incredible donors invested $310,000 to build a new music room for the KIPP Summit Academy Orchestra. At KIPP Summit, every student plays an instrument—music builds skills that reinforce academic lessons and translate to high achievement. Already overfilled at daily student rehearsal, the existing music hall also risked being converted to a math room for lack of classroom space. Despite the fact that 90% of student musicians have never touched an instrument before attending KIPP, the orchestra has received numerous awards and performed at top-notch venues like Davies Symphony Hall and Oakland A’s baseball games.
Center For Youth Wellness
Be a Tipping Point Auction Package 2010
At the 2010 Tipping Point Benefit, 95 donors contributed $4 million to bring integrated pediatric care to the Bay Area’s most vulnerable children and families. A unique collaboration between Bayview Child Health Center, California Pacific Medical Center and San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center created this groundbreaking new resource, which has begun to revolutionize urban healthcare by providing multidisciplinary care that recognizes and treats chronic stress and trauma – including comprehensive case management, mental health, family support services, holistic interventions and education advocacy.
Education Equals Choices
Be a Tipping Point Auction Package 2011
In an environment of growing class sizes and shrinking support staff, our teachers and school leaders must stretch to do more with fewer resources than ever before. In response to the gap in educational funding created by California’s budget crisis, 285 contributors came together to raise $4 million for the 2011 Be a Tipping Point package. The funds covered everything from additional professional development for teachers to supplies and services for low-income youth on their journey to—and through— college.
Single Stop Bay Area
Be a Tipping Point Auction Package 2008
At the 2008 Benefit, Tipping Point raised $1.5 million from 35 donors to seed six Single Stop sites in the Bay Area. Single Stop helps low-income families claim life-changing public benefits, tax credits and other essential services that often remain untapped.
Mental Health Initiative
Launched in 2008
Investment to date: $7,700,000
The Mental Health Initiative was created to build the capacity of Tipping Point’s grantees to deliver high-quality, culturally appropriate mental health services to their clients. In partnership with UCSF, Stanford University, and other experts in the field, Tipping Point grantees receive a combination of direct services from clinical staff and post-doctoral interns, agency-specific training, and consultation. Since the initiative’s inception, more than 800 families have been referred to services through the Tipping Point Mental Health Initiative. In addition, Tipping Point offers about ten trainings every year for frontline and supervisory staff on a variety of mental health topics, including the impact of trauma on academic achievement, motivational interviewing, and self-care. Last year, 37 grantees participated in these trainings, which reached over 230 staff members.
Get Back on Your Feet Initiative
Launched in 2008
In response to the acute economic recession that began in 2007 and hit Bay Area businesses and non-profits alike, Tipping Point pledged $500,000 in additional emergency funds for its grantee organizations. The relief dollars were disbursed on an as-needed basis to support groups facing lay-offs or slashed programs as a result of the economic downturn.
House, Employ, Educate, Staff
Be a Tipping Point Auction Package 2009
At the 2009 Tipping Point Benefit, over 500 donors contributed $1.5 million to relocate and renovate Compass Family Center, sponsor a class of Year Up apprentices, create an alumni program for BUILD students going on to college, and preserve critical staffing positions at Tipping Point grantee organizations. This initiative allowed Tipping Point to offset the impact of state budget cuts at Aspire schools, providing a 1% salary increase to all staff and restoring supplemental reading instruction to struggling students.
Social Innovation Fund
Partnership began in 2010
Tipping Point Community is one of several co-investors partnering with Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to help selected organizations meet and leverage a 3-to-1 match requirement as part of the federal Social Innovation Fund. Through this partnership Tipping Point provides matching funds to three high-impact organizations affecting academic achievement, work readiness and avoidance of high-risk behaviors among low-income youth ages 9-24 in the Bay Area.
See Well To Learn
Launched in 2011
Investment 2011-2016: $1,160,087
Research shows that undetected vision problems disrupt academic, behavioral and social learning, causing young children to fall behind immediately, before they even enter kindergarten. Tipping Point raised $500,000 to launch a comprehensive mobile vision care unit in the Bay Area. Replicating a similar model based in San Diego, the See Well to Learn initiative is a partnership between Tipping Point Community and Prevent Blindness Northern California, with support from University of California, San Francisco and fuseproject. The initiative provides comprehensive screening and follow up optometric and ophthalmological care for low-income children in San Francisco and Oakland school districts and Head Start program.