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POC-Led: Increasing Impact Through Equity

PUBLISHED: Nov 22, 2022

As the Capacity Building Director at Tipping Point, my job is to help nonprofit leaders who are creating a Bay Area where everyone has the opportunity to prosper. One thing I’ve learned over the past decade in this work is the value of listening to those closest to the problems—and the solutions—in our journey towards equity.

With the backing of our early investor partners—including Akonadi Foundation, Crankstart, Google, PWC, the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Supercell, and Twitter—I’m proud to share we are answering the call to deepen our commitment to equitable and impactful grantmaking with POC-Led: Impact through Equity.

Tipping Point's inaugural group of POC-Led Fellows at our first retreat earlier this month
Tipping Point’s inaugural group of POC-Led Fellows at our first retreat earlier this month

We’ve seen firsthand the progress that can be made when organizational leadership reflects the racial diversity of the communities they serve. And yet, it is estimated that only 4% of donations and foundation dollars are given to organizations with diverse leadership. When you consider that 58% of households living in poverty nationally are people of color, these numbers are alarming.

The challenges that leaders of color face reflect this reality—and our grantees called on Tipping Point to double down on using our tried-and-true model to support them and other leaders with similar experiences.

Through POC-Led, Tipping Point will advance the most promising poverty-fighting solutions by increasing our investments in organizations led by people of color AND by facilitating a network for these leaders to learn from and support one another. Just this month, we brought together our inaugural group of grantee executives for the first time in-person as part of their year-long executive fellowship.

Thank you for standing with Tipping Point in this work. Leaders of color are already changing the way that we tackle poverty—it’s time for us to follow their lead.

In community,

Nick Arevalo
Capacity Building Director | Tipping Point

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