The Bay Area workforce, of which 3 in 5 workers are people of color, experienced a dramatic loss of wages and increased unemployment last year. At intake, 80% of Tipping Point grantee clients were earning less than the federal poverty line and 62% were unemployed.
We support low-income workers in securing jobs with strong earning potential by investing in programs, research, and policies that promote skills training and access to in-demand, career-track quality jobs.
By June 2022, with our support, our grantees will help workers secure 3,000 jobs, with at least 55% of them earning wages at, or above, $20 an hour. Our grantees aim to help individuals acquire the skills, credentials, and work experience they need to progress in their careers and achieve family sustaining, higher wages over time.
Tipping Point believes in the importance of investing in both direct-service organizations with strong connections to the community, and in organizations that will advocate for programs and systems with statewide impact such as: expanding apprenticeships and other paid work-based learning opportunities, and dedicating resources to cover essentials that often serve as roadblocks for an individual to participate in a program (eg: paying for childcare, transportation, program supplies.).
What We Fund
- We invite 1 to 2 new organizations per year to join our employment portfolio.
- 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 that 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 disaggregate outcomes to address inequities.
- We prioritize organizations preparing people to enter fields where they are under-represented to achieve greater gender and racial equity within well-paying industries.
- We also prioritize organizations led by people of color, recognizing that Black, Latinx, AAPI, and inidigenous-led organizations have historically been underinvested in by philanthropy.
What We Don’t Fund
- Training and work experience for youth still enrolled in high school
- Entrepreneurship and business development
- Career exposure, job readiness/soft skills training and career coaching as individual offerings