Tipping Point supports low-income workers in securing jobs with strong earning potential to achieve family-supporting wages over time.
The Bay Area workforce, of which 3 in 5 workers are people of color, experienced a dramatic loss of wages and increased unemployment in 2020. At intake, 80% of Tipping Point grantee clients were earning less than the federal poverty line and 62% were unemployed. We invest in programs, research, and policies that promote skills training and access to in-demand, career-track quality jobs.
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.).
$150,000 | Policy Grantee
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