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We continually strive to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into every aspect of our strategy.

Diversity, Equity, + Inclusion

Tipping Point is committed to building a Bay Area where everyone can prosper. But systemic barriers caused by racism have disproportionately concentrated wealth and power, and long compromised the life outcomes of generations of Bay Area residents, ultimately undermining our work to advance the most promising poverty-fighting solutions. In order to achieve our mission, we must acknowledge and address the connection between race and poverty head-on. Our work to investigate + change systems centers on this priority. Learn about our ongoing work in identifying and addressing inequities.

Diversity is the wide range of backgrounds and identities that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, ability, and religious and political beliefs. These dimensions are dynamic and not mutually exclusive. Tipping Point will prioritize diversity by intentionally including the presence, engagement, and knowledge of individuals representing a wide range of backgrounds and identities in all aspects of our work.

Equity is when all community members have what they need to participate and prosper, and where one’s background and identities do not pre-determine success or failure. Achieving equity requires examining bias, reallocating resources, and reforming current power structures. Equity is our ultimate goal.

Inclusion is an active and deliberate process that honors the authentic contributions of our diverse community. It incorporates and values multiple needs, assets, and perspectives into the design and implementation of processes, policies, activities, and decision-making.


Tipping Point believes it is critical for the racial diversity of a community to be reflected in the leadership of the nonprofits it is being served by. Nonprofit leaders of color often have more proximate experiences to the communities they serve. By investing in leaders of color, we aim to support organizations in delivering more equitable outcomes and therefore greater impact in the fight against poverty. Tipping Point is working to have organizations led by people of color comprise 50% of our total grantmaking budget within our portfolio.



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organizations led by people of color

POC-Led: Impact Through Equity

An example of our work in action is our fellowship and program designed by and for our grantee leaders of color to support their leadership trajectory and organizational impact goals.


Addressing Root Causes

We can no longer point our finger at broken, blameless systems. The “system” is made up of people, each of us, who make decisions every day. Let’s decide to address this system head-on.

Sam CobbsTipping Point CEO
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Sam Cobbs

Three-Year Goals

To advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout all facets of our work, including our organizational culture and the impact we seek, Tipping Point has committed to working towards the following goals in our current DEI plan. These priorities comprise progress indicators and actions that teams have embedded within their work, spearheaded by the staff-led DEI Working Group.


Create more opportunities for diverse representation in organizational influence and decision-making processes.


Strengthen internal muscle for working in a diverse organization.


Explore ways to further ground our grantmaking, communications, and outreach in the lived experiences of the individuals, families, and communities that we serve.


Elevate and leverage systems change as fundamental to reducing poverty and advancing equity and inclusion.