Only 33% of socio-economically disadvantaged students in California graduate college within six years of completing high school (compared to 53%).
We increase the number of low-income, first-generation students who graduate from college by investing in organizations, research, policies, and school systems that support students in preparation for college, at college, and beyond.
By June 2022, with our support, our grantees will help students reach nearly 20,000 educational milestones such as 8th grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, and college graduation.
Tipping Point believes in the importance of investing in:
- Direct-service organizations with strong connections to the community
- School systems with embedded programs that support students in a path to college
- Organizations that will advocate for programs and systems with statewide impact such as increasing: education funding, higher education grants to cover living expenses, access to college-preparatory coursework, and advising for low-income students
$300,000 | Policy Grantee
$210,000 | Systems Grantee
What We Fund
- We typically invite 1 to 2 new organizations per year to join our education portfolio.
- 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.
- 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.
What We Don’t Fund
- At this time, we will not fund organizations working outside of our focus on postsecondary 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.