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We investigate and change the conditions that hold poverty in place.

Influencing Policy through Research + Advocacy

It’s critical to understand the root causes of issues and invest in ways that prevent those challenges in the first place. We fund research on poverty-related issues, then support new ideas and policy changes that work to address them head-on.


Measuring the Bay Area Poverty Line

In early 2024, Tipping Point published “Shedding Light on Bay Area Poverty,” which provides a timely portrait of poverty in our region. The findings show that 1 in 4 Bay Area residents – or 1.6 million people – are living in or at the edge of the poverty line. While there is still much to do, this report confirms Tipping Point’s strategic approach—championing targeted government benefits, supporting pathways to well-paying careers, and increasing access to higher education—can shift the tide in the fight against poverty.

Funding New Ideas

We invest in research-backed, innovative solutions driven by the community 
to create lasting and impactful change.

Program Spotlight

Rental Subsidy Pilot Program

Tipping Point was the lead seed funder of an Oakland pilot program that provides 200 households with a portion of their monthly rent to stop their displacement from Oakland and prevent them from experiencing homelessness.

Program Spotlight

Supplemental Income for Pregnant and New Moms

We are a co-funder of The Abundant Birth Project-Expecting Justice, providing seed capital to pilot a program that provides targeted basic income to Black and Pacific Islander women in San Francisco during pregnancy and after birth. The program was so successful that it has now been expanded into a statewide pilot.