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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

Summit Academy Music Room

Be a Tipping Point Auction Package 2007

Investment: $310,000

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

Center For Youth Wellness

Be a Tipping Point Auction Package 2010

Investment: $4,000,000

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

Education Equals Choices

Be a Tipping Point Auction Package 2011

Investment: $3,500,000

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.