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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.

Success Stories

fuseproject

fuseproject

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.”

NBBJ

NBBJ

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.”

Zynga

Zynga

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.

Deloitte

Deloitte

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:

Legend:

  • Corporate Gift
  • 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 kbathgate@tippingpoint.org.