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We fund organizations in four impact areas, as well as project investments.

Investment Strategy by Impact Area

Tipping Point funds in four key impact areas: housing, early childhood, education, and employment––in addition to key project investments. We select grantees and project investments based on alignment with specific criteria within our impact areas.

We also prioritize organizations led by people of color, recognizing that Black, Latinx, AAPI, and indigenous-led organizations have historically been underinvested in by philanthropy.

Bay Area Regional Housing

  • We fund direct-service organizations that help our neighbors experiencing homelessness or those who are close to becoming homeless.

San Francisco Housing

  • We fund direct-service organizations and systems-change efforts that help our neighbors experiencing homelessness or those who are close to becoming homeless.
  • We have three priority areas for funding: (1) targeted homelessness prevention, (2) supporting Black and Latinx San Franciscans at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and (3) accountability, data and transparency of the homelessness response system.

Youth Homelessness

  • We fund direct services organizations which help youth experiencing homelessness transition into housing and prevent those facing housing insecurity from falling into homelessness.
  • We fund system change efforts to strengthen the ability of communities to address and end youth homelessness.
  • Current funding priorities include: (1) Innovative prevention models, (2) increasing access to services, and (3) ensuring homelessness systems are meeting the needs of TAY

Investment Focus

  • We fund direct service organizations that help low-income pregnant people, parents and caregivers, and their infants and toddlers.
  • We prioritize organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties, where there are the highest levels of poverty among young children and/or the least services.

Outside of Our Investment Focus

  • We don’t fund family resource centers without an intensive case management component, non-Early Head Start providers, or emergency services.
  • We don’t fund organizations that provide primarily “light touch” services, such as events and workshops.
  • We are also less likely to fund organizations in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties at this time.

Investment Focus

  • At this time, we focus our funding on direct service organizations that support:
    • Low-income high school students to grow the skills needed to thrive in college
    • First-generation college-goers to persist and complete their Bachelor’s Degree
  • In addition, we prioritize organizations working in support of systemic change, which we define as building the capacity of school systems and providing services for students furthest from opportunity at scale.

Outside of Our Investment Focus

  • At this time, we will not fund organizations working outside of our focus on post-secondary success for young adults and first-generation college students.
  • We are unable to support organizations that have not yet completed, at minimum, a pilot version of their program.

Investment Focus

  • We fund direct service organizations that provide occupational skills training for career-track, in-demand quality jobs.
  • We fund policy and other systems change efforts that strengthen and expand skills training and paid work-based learning opportunities for job seekers and workers who have been held back by structural barriers of discrimination.
  • We fund organizations that collect and analyze data including program completion, job placements, wages and retention; and dis-aggregate outcomes to address inequities.
  • We prioritize organizations preparing people to enter fields where they are underrepresented to achieve greater gender and racial equity within well-paying industries.

Outside of Our Investment Focus

  • We don’t fund training and work experience for youth still enrolled in high school.
  • We don’t fund entrepreneurship and business development.
  • We don’t fund career exposure, job readiness and soft skills training, and career coaching as individual offerings.

We value your interest in Tipping Point.

If you believe your organization is in line with the criteria of one of our impact areas, we invite you to fill out the interest form. A member of our team will reach out to you if we are actively searching for new portfolio grantees or projects.

Visit our contact page to get in touch with members of our team.