Tipping Point support goes beyond dollars alone. We leverage our donors' investments with a mix of our staff time and outside expertise to provide grantees with whatever they need to grow and increase their impact in the fight against poverty. We build and sustain relationships with the Bay Area’s leading companies to meet the most critical needs of the organizations in our portfolio.
Founded in 1999 by Yves Behar, fuseproject is a design studio that develops cohesive brand and product experiences for companies ranging from Herman Miller, a crown jewel of American design, to local powerhouse (and fellow Tipping Point partner) Jawbone. Beyond its corporate portfolio, the studio’s longstanding commitment to civic works has led it to design products like the nearly three million laptops distributed around the world by One Laptop Per Child and the more than 29 million condoms given out in partnership with New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg. Since 2010, fuseproject has also designed free eyeglasses for school-aged children in Mexico. This campaign addresses untreated vision problems that can cause learning delays and behavioral issues among low-income children with limited access to care. Fuseproject’s simple, colorful frames are personalized by each child in order to remove the stigma of wearing corrective lenses.
Here in the US, one in four children has a vision problem, the culprit behind an estimated 80% of learning disabilities. With $500,000 in seed funding raised at the 2011 Tipping Point Benefit, and in partnership with Prevent Blindness of Northern California, fuseproject has brought its eyeglasses to the Bay Area. To date, the See Well to Learn mobile eye exam bus has screened over 7,000 preschoolers in San Francisco and Oakland, given 836 comprehensive eye exams, and outfitted 556 children with prescription eyewear. “We’ve done many exciting projects in faraway locations, but I’ve lived in San Francisco for 20 years,” said Behar. “It’s the most engaging and innovative place, and yet there are still many lives unchanged. I get fired up when I think about bringing design solutions to those who haven’t benefited from the successes of Silicon Valley, and Tipping Point is the vehicle that has helped us do that.”
Global architecture firm NBBJ, known for its design of buildings like the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge at Stanford University, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle and the Staples Center in LA, has recently paired up with two Tipping Point grantees, New Door Ventures and Rubicon Programs Inc. Too big for its current space, New Door Ventures is searching for a larger facility. As possible sites around the city surface (including a former mortuary in SoMa), NBBJ advises on seismic, acoustic and functional elements of each one, drawing up “test fits” to see if possible layouts match New Door’s needs.
Meanwhile, East Bay–based Rubicon approved plans for an interior remodel of its current site. “Rubicon’s goal was to modernize the space in a financially responsible way and to create the dignified place its clients deserve,” said Lilian Asperin-Clyman, principal at NBBJ. “At first, the Rubicon staff talked about reflecting the organization’s key drivers—hope, journey, change—on its walls. We saw our role as helping them see their space differently and think more creatively. ‘You could paint the walls, or you could just get rid of them,’ we said. Together, we thought of all the ways the space itself could build community.”
Asperin-Clyman says the NBBJ team loves to feel connected to the community and to see such quick, tangible results. “We believe that environments shape behaviors and that behaviors shape people,” she added. “Our work with Tipping Point grantees just feels right. We can’t get enough of it.”
With a generous two-to-one match funded by Zynga.org, the company’s employees donated over $18,000 to Tipping Point and its grantees in 2012 at the launch of the partnership. In addition to donations, Zynga employees aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get involved. Since 2011, Zynga has hosted 19 Year Up interns in its IT department, a third of whom it has hired on for full-time work. This past October, eight employees spoke on a technology job panel, offering career advice to an entire class of Year Up students. Twenty other Zynga employees volunteered with Reading Partners at Bret Harte Elementary in San Francisco, where three signed on to tutor regularly. CEO Mark Pincus and his wife Ali gave a significant personal contribution, demonstrating Zynga’s commitment in the fight against poverty at the leadership level. And each November, Zynga invites the executive directors of Tipping Point grantees to an early Thanksgiving Dinner at the company’s SF headquarters.
To learn about the history and significance of this partnership, click here for an interview with Zynga.org Executive Director Ken Weber.
In the pilot collaboration between Deloitte and Tipping Point, InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN) recently received a pro bono IT assessment led by Craig Grevelding, and consultants Mohit Khanna and George Pushchinsky. Born of a merger between two existing South Bay-based homeless services providers last July, IVSN was in desperate need of a new, centralized IT department. “Before the merger, we had no IT help desk and were in need of smart phones in the hands of our outreach team whose job is to connect homeless individuals to services and record information on the go. And the merger brought an even greater need to strengthen and streamline our systems,” Karae Lisle, CEO of IVSN, said. “As a nonprofit, we had no idea that we would be able to work with a company of Deloitte’s caliber. Their smart, considerate approach quickly set our staff at ease,” she added. The project yielded an IT roadmap, complete with the tools and timeline needed for successful implementation.
Pro bono services are no small slice of Deloitte’s docket. While the firm specializes in audits, human capital and IT consulting, financial advisory, and risk management for its client base of global Fortune 500 companies, it has committed over $110 million worth in pro bono work nationally over the past five years. “We challenge ourselves to step away from the episodic, uninvolved giving that characterizes much of traditional corporate philanthropy today,” said Jill Silliphant, Deloitte’s West region community involvement leader. “We are completely aligned with Tipping Point’s model of deep, long-term engagement with nonprofits.”
Every night, IVSN serves 1,000 individuals and families like Abel Ramoz and his sons. “Tipping Point has been a catalyst for change at our organization for many years,” Lisle said. “When we have resources like the customized Salesforce database for client data they helped us secure and a comprehensive IT plan, we can do more for our clients and do it in a more meaningful way.”
Deloitte has begun work on a second IT assessment and organizational redesign with another Tipping Point group, the Homeless Prenatal Program, and plans to engage with multiple grantees each year. Teresa Briggs, regional managing partner who leads the West region at Deloitte, adds, “Being deeply involved within our community is integral to our culture and values. With over 2,500 professionals in the Bay Area alone, it’s our job and duty to really get out there, apply our skills and passion and make a lasting impact.”
We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for their partnership in providing services and products free of charge or at significantly discounted rates to strengthen the most promising poverty-fighting organizations in the Bay Area:
2600hz is an organization that builds scalable open-source software for communications configuration and management. Their technology powers projects that help small and large businesses manage Voice over IP (VoIP) systems. 2600hz partnered with Tipping Point in 2011 to donate phones and voicemail accounts to clients of housing grantee organizations.
Box was founded on a simple, powerful idea: people should be able to access and share their content from anywhere. Box utilizes a content sharing platform to reinvent what businesses can do with their content. Box for Good, the charitable arm of Box, is partnering with Tipping Point and other nonprofits in a pilot program to learn more about how Box can best deliver a world-class cloud experience for the nonprofit community.
Branagh, Inc. is a family-owned general contractor company with over 90 years of history. Based in Oakland, California, Branagh provides high-quality construction services in the Bay Area and began partnering with Tipping Point in 2012 to assist with capital projects.
The CBRE is a full service, commercial real estate brokerage company based in San Francisco, California. A partner since 2011, The CAC Group serves Tipping Point and/or its grantees in the area of commercial real estate brokerage and related services.
Deloitte is a professional services network that provides audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services. Deloitte member firm professionals are committed to strength from diversity, addressing opportunities for growth with integrity and constancy, growing trust and building collaborations among each other and those they serve and by always seeking to be the standard of excellence. Deloitte also integrates responsible business practices into every aspect of the network. A partner since 2012, Deloitte has helped grantees with strategy projects, technology planning, and post-merger integrations.
Essence is a global digital agency that blends data science, objective media and captivating experiences to build valuable connections between brands and consumers. Essence worked with Year Up to develop an Excel training for Year Up's students.
fuseproject is an award-winning industrial design and branding firm with offices in San Francisco and New York. A partner since 2011, fuseproject supported all of the initial design components of Tipping Point's See Well to Learn initiative, including the program identity and name, marketing materials, the mobile clinic wrap, and the design of the prescription eyeglasses for select patients fuseproject continues to partner with Tipping Point on this initiative as it extends its reach.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
The law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides pro bono legal advice to Tipping Point and many of its grantees. Gibson Dunn has served as Tipping Point's primary outside legal counsel since 2008, and in addition Gibson Dunn has provided individualized legal support to more than ten grantee organizations. Gibson Dunn has also provided workshops for grantees on issues ranging from harassment and discrimination to employment law. Gibson Dunn received the Tipping Point Partner Award in 2012.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.
In addition to financial contributions, Goldman Sachs is represented on Tipping Point's leadership council and employees have participated in Tipping Point's board placement services.
Kidder Mathews was founded over 40 years ago and is a leading independent commercial real estate firm on the West Coast. Paul Picciani, a broker and VP for tenant representation services, has worked closely with Tipping Point since 2007, negotiating for the organization as well as many of its grantees in their searches for office and program space.
Latham & Watkins LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the world’s largest firms with over 2,000 lawyers globally, first assisted Tipping Point in successfully filing for 501(c)(3) status back in 2005, and has remained committed to providing pro bono support to the organization and its grantees ever since. In addition to working on one-off legal matters that crop up across the portfolio, Latham has donated meeting space for over 30 Tipping Point Workshops, a series of highly subscribed professional development opportunities for grantee staff.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) works to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, and low-income persons, immigrants, and refugees. Assisted by hundreds of pro bono attorneys, LCCR provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation and policy advocacy. In 2014, LCCR provided valuable training and support to staff at Tipping Point's grantee organizations, and also provided legal services directly to clients of grantee organizations. Through this support from LCCR, the staff has been able to connect clients with services for expunging their records, and help clients access programs and jobs that were previously closed to them
With the world’s largest mobile threat dataset, and leveraging the power of millions of users, Lookout tackles the most important mobile security issues, from identifying emerging threats to preventing fraud and fighting cybercrime. In 2013, Lookout sponsored Tipping Point's website redesign.
McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company is an American global management consulting firm that focuses on solving strategic issues of concern to senior management. McKinsey has partnered with Tipping Point since 2010, providing grantee organizations with comprehensive strategic advisory for issues ranging from general business planning to growth and scaling. In 2013, McKinsey and Tipping Point launched "SP101," a cohort-based strategic planning series, to help organizations address key strategic issues and build internal capacity to do so more broadly.
NBBJ is a design practice that helps clients drive innovation by creating highly productive, sustainable spaces that free people to live, learn, work and play as they were meant to. NBBJ embraces and empowers meaningful change with services in architecture, interiors, planning and urban design, branding, consulting, landscape design, and lighting. NBBJ’s vision for Philanthropy is to enhance life by being connected contributors to our communities and to the world. NBBJ has helped Tipping Point and it’s grantees with projects from Visioning, Design thru Construction since 2010. NBBJ has provided Tipping Point with valuable partnership internally, as well, helping design the interior of the T Lab space, acting as thought partners for creative planning projects, and hosting the first annual partnership appreciation event in November 2012.
Schiff Hardin LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP is a general practice law firm representing clients across the United States and around the world. A partner since 2012, Schiff Hardin LLP has been helpful in providing grantees with legal counsel in connection with real estate, contract and human resources matters.
Tom Eliot Fisch is a San Francisco-based architecture and interior design firm with a broad practice including public, corporate, academic, and non-profit clients. A partner since 2009, Tom Eliot Fisch has worked with several Tipping Point grantees including the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and Center for Youth Wellness and Compass Family Services.
The Abernathy MacGregor Group
The Abernathy MacGregor Group is a full-service strategic, corporate and financial communications firm. Based in New York and with offices in San Francisco, AbMac is one of Tipping Point's longest standing partners providing support in PR and communications to Tipping Point and its grantees through both individual consultation and Tipping Point workshops.
The Boston Consulting Group
The Boston Consulting Group is a global management consulting firm that partners with clients from the private, public and non-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges and transform their enterprises. BCG partnered with Tipping Point in 2013 to encourage employees to participate in Tipping Point's board placement program and in 2014, started to provide strategic support to its grantee organizations.
The OutCast Agency
The OutCast Agency partners with leaders and disruptors to build brands and create value. In addition to providing pro bono advice and counsel to Tipping Point, The OutCast Agency's CEO sits on Tipping Point's leadership council.
WRNS Studio provides architecture and planning for education, healthcare, transportation, urban mixed-use and high-density residential. WRNS Studio has helped Tipping Point grantees assess and plan for redesign of space.
Zynga.org is the social impact arm of Zynga, the San Francisco-based maker of popular web and mobile games such as Farmville, Words With Friends and Zynga poker, has been a Tipping Point partner since 2012. Zynga.org hosts regular events to educate employees about Tipping Point and its grantee organizations and to connect Zynga employees with volunteer opportunities through Tipping Point grantees. Zynga.org also promotes Tipping Point as its signature partner for its employee giving program, encouraging employee contributions to local, results-oriented organizations, which Zynga.org matches 2:1.
Iron Creative is a brand development and marketing firm focused on breakthrough messaging and high-end design. Iron Creative has worked with several grantees on their websites and marketing collateral.
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- Employee Matching Program
- Event Sponsorship
- Tipping Point Leadership Representation
- Employee Participation in board placement
- Management Assistance provision to grantees
Tipping Point Community works closely with companies to customize a partnership that will meet the corporate, philanthropic and cultural needs of the organization, while contributing meaningfully to the fight against poverty in the Bay Area. If your company is interested in partnering with Tipping Point Community, please email Kelly Bathgate at firstname.lastname@example.org.