Tipping Point is increasing our investment in organizations led by people of color to achieve better outcomes and increase our overall impact in advancing the most promising poverty-fighting solutions. 

Investing in Leaders of Color

Tipping Point believes that it is critical for the racial diversity of a community to be reflected in the leadership of the nonprofits it is being served by. Race and poverty are inextricably linked, and nonprofit leaders of color often have more proximate experiences to the communities they serve. We believe these leaders of color have the potential to deliver more equitable outcomes and therefore greater impact in the fight against poverty. By increasing our investment in this way, we will not only be able to start turning the tide on historic unjust practices in a strategic, coordinated way, but will also increase our ability to help more people move out of poverty.

Our Commitment

Tipping Point seeks to increase our investments so that organizations led by people of color comprise 50% of our total grantmaking budget, and 50% of our grantee portfolio. Tipping Point is adding a new layer of capacity building support specifically designed to help POC-Led early-stage grantees address the unique obstacles they face as leaders of color. We are committed to providing leaders of color with financial resources, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and customized support along all domains of their organizations.

Inside the Program

In addition to the unrestricted dollars and standard capacity-building opportunities Tipping Point offers all its grantees, organizations that participate in the POC-Led Executive Fellowship will have access to this two-part program.

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Cohort-Based Curriculum
To address the unique challenges organizations led by people of color often face, Tipping Point has designed a cohort-based curriculum that is informed by and responsive to the needs of leaders of color. The curriculum will be available to leadership teams of all participating organizations.

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Executive Fellowship
This facilitated peer group is designed to build community, share information, experiences, best practices, and challenges amongst the CEOs of each organization. The fellowship participants will also have access to a cadre of seasoned executives of color who will serve as advisors to each cohort, providing thought partnership coaching, and mentorship.

Participating Fellows

Angel Barrios

Izzi Early Education

Dion-Jay Brookter

Young Community Developers

Maritza Maldonado

Amigos de Guadalupe Center for Justice and Empowerment

Caz Pereira

Growth Sector

Brandon Smith

Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program

Jyesha Wren

BElovedBIRTH Black Centering

Cohort Executive Advisors

Jamie Almanza

Bay Area Community Services

Maria Echaveste

The Opportunity Institute

Michael McAfee


Jennifer Rodriguez

Youth Law Center

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