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					Tipping Point benefit raises $6 million
Catherine Bigelow - May 12, 2010

                                                                             While the stock market took a nosedive Thursday,
                                                                             none of the supporters at Tipping Point's Poverty
                                                                             Has Met Its Match benefit seemed the worse for
                                                                             wear. In a matter of minutes, they raised
                                                                             megamillions. A record $6 million, to be exact.

                                                                             Founded by Daniel Lurie in 2005, Tipping Point
                                                                             funnels 100 percent of its donations to vetted
                                                                             organizations that tackle issues of youth
                                                                             development and education, job training, housing,
                                                                             family wellness and homelessness.

 Tipping Point's Alec Perkins (left) with Katie Albright and Tipping Point
                                                                             "In just five years, you've helped us raise $25
 founder Daniel Lurie.                                                       million in support of Bay Area families,"
                                                                             announced Tipping Point board President Alec
 Credit: Photos by Drew Altizer / Special to The Chronicle                   Perkins.

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Big Bucks ($6 Mil) & John Legend @ Tipping Point
Catherine Bigelow - May 11, 2010

                                                            It was a legendary night of fund-raising on May 6 when a
                                                            record $6 million was raised at the Poverty Has Met Its
                                                            Match benefit by the supporters of Tipping Point in the
                                                            fight against poverty in the Bay Area.

                                                            Founded by Daniel Lurie in 2005, Tipping Point is a one-
                                                            stop clearinghouse which funnels 100 percent of
                                                            donations back out the door to vetted Bay Area
                                                            organizations tackling issues of youth development and
                                                            education, employment assistance, house, child and
                                                            family wellness and homelessness.

  All photos by Catherine Bigelow Stanlee Gatti-designed "This evening's record-breaking results, coupled with an
  tabletops at the Tipping Point benefit at the Warfield
                                                         outstanding fund-raising year led by a $1 million gift from
                                                         the Brin Wojcicki Foundation will enable Tipping Point
Community to double its funding to the best poverty-fighting organizations in the Bay Area," said Lurie. "We're

Singer John Legend headlined this swell soiree which has become so successful Lurie & Co. relocated their
                                                       annual benefit from Bimbo's 365 Club to the 2,250-seat
                                                       Warfield Theater.

                                                            With more than 600 dinner guests followed by 850
                                                            concert-goers, the larger venue was a must. And with
                                                            those numbers growing, where, we wondered, will they go
                                                            next year?

                                                            "That's why we're a building a new, sixty-eight thousand
                                                            seat stadium," said 49er President Jed York, who serves
                                                            on the board of Tipping Point.

  Tipping Point founder Daniel Lurie and his grandmother,   Having not yet arrived, Mayor Gavin Newsom,
  Zdenka Levy                                               fortunately, missed that statement. But Newsom is
                                                            adamant in his support of Tipping Point.

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Big Bucks ($6 Mil) & John Legend @ Tipping Point
"It's ridiculous what Daniel has pulled off," said Newsom, in tribute. "What makes it work so well is, unlike city
programs, Tipping Point has no administrative costs."

                                                               That's because those costs are covered by the generous
                                                               dedication of Tipping Point Board members (Lurie, Board
                                                               President Alec Perkins, Kate Harbin Clammer, Mike
                                                               Holston, Chris James, David Lamond, Ronnie Lott,
                                                               Gina Peterson, Eric Roberts, Katie Schwab, Jed York,
                                                               Gideon Yu), each of whom contribute at least $100K
                                                               annually toward all operating costs, which includes
                                                               underwriting every penny of their yearly benefit.

  Matt Paige with (from left) Randi Fisher, TB Board member    Which, this year, was expertly co-chaired by Chris and
  Katie Schwab, Doris Fisher and her son, Bob Fisher          Bradley James, David Lamond and Kelsey Fithian, Bill
                                                              and Leigh Matthes and Jed York.

To channel the Warfield's rockin' vibe, designer Stanlee Gatti set the concert hall with long, black-linen covered
tables which were simply adorned with napkins embroidered with the benefit's tattoo-inspired, heart-shaped logo.
And those tables groaned beneath a delish Paula LeDuc dinner (chicken Clemenceau and a banana-split brownie

Sotheby's Jamie Niven, dislodged dollars during the lively, live auction from both established philanthropists
(such as Helen and Chuck Schwab, Mimi Haas, Mary and Andrew Pilara, Doris Fisher, JaMel and Tom
Perkins, Elaine McKeon) as well as a new breed of donors among local tech titans (including Twitter founder
Jack Dorsey, Google's Marissa Mayer, Aliph's Hosain Rahman, Flip founder Jonathan Kaplan).

To promote sales, Lurie and his staff engaged much of this new technology (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) to get
out the word and give away tickets for the Legend concert.

So it was no surprise when Lurie brought Jack Dorsey onstage to demonstrate the use of Dorsey's new Square
mobile phone payment device.

Holding his phone, Dorsey attached something (presumably, a square-shaped thing) to it and explained that he
could now donate $10 directly to Tipping Point.

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Big Bucks ($6 Mil) & John Legend @ Tipping Point
                                                               From our seat, we had no idea if this transaction actually
                                                               went through or not. But the donation amount did elicit a
                                                               cat-call from a deep-pocketed donor.

                                                               "Ten dollars? You own the world," called out this voice, in
                                                               encouragement. "I just pledged one hundred and
                                                               seventy-thousand dollars and I hate technology. You
                                                               need to give more!"

                                                               So Dorsey upped his donation to $100. He also charmed
                                                               the crowd while onstage where, dressed in jeans (but
                                                               nice ones), he introduced himself to the well-heeled
TP Board member Gideon Yu (left) with Twitter founder Jack     crowd as, "representing the under-dressed."
Dorsey and Aliph co-founder Hosain Rahman

                                                               But as Chris James reminded the crowd, all donations
                                                               (large or small) to Tipping Point are one-hundred percent
                                                               tax deductible.

                                                               "We hold our grantees accountable and carefully
                                                               measure resources," he said. "By being good stewards,
                                                               we make sure you get the most bang for your buck."

                                                               And Katie Albright, director of the the S.F. Child Abuse
                                                               Prevention Program, most definitely agrees with this

                                                               Because from this year's auction take, Tipping Point has
                                                               pledged to assist her organization in creating a a new
SF Child Abuse Prevention Center Director Katie Albright and
                                                               pediatric wellness and abuse prevention center to the
Rosenberg Foundation President Timothy Silard                  tune of ... $4 million.

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Tipping Point Community raises $6 M in one night to
fight poverty
Sarah Duxbury – May 7, 2010

Tipping Point community tipped the philanthropic scales Thursday night.

The San Francisco nonprofit raised $6 million at its annual concert benefit, which John
Legend headlined.

Inspired by New York's Robin Hood Foundation, Tipping Point Community operations and
overhead are entirely funded by its 12 board members, so every dollar donated goes
directly to Bay Area nonprofits fighting poverty. Board members include Ronnie Lott, Alec
Perkins, Jed York and Katie Schwab.

Tipping Point has vetted and supports 26 nonprofits that it thinks are doing the most
effective work.

Founder Daniel Lurie said that $4 million of the $6 million raised at Thursday night's event
will be used to create what he calls "a groundbreaking new resource giving low-income
parents everything they need to keep their children healthy ad safe in one convenient

The nonprofit has also created a new volunteer resource on its website to help more
people get involved.

Further details were not immediately available.

Read more: Tipping Point Community raises $6 M in one night to fight poverty - San
Francisco Business Times

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Lionizing & Socializing
Jennifer Raiser March 2010

”March comes in like a lion …” the old adage goes, and our in-box is filled with pride: so many good people
supporting so many good works! Even as the newspaper shows us the scars, we say hakuna matata!

Don’t worry! Celebrate the once and future kings and queens of philanthropy. Can you feel the love tonight? Put on
your mane, check out your cubs, and join us down by the watering hole for something wonderful and occasionally

Burberry Evening to Benefit Tipping Point—Supporters of the Tipping Point Community, the innovative grant-
making organization that fights poverty, got the message when the rain came falling on their latest fundraiser—
after all, it was a shopping night at Burberry, purveyor of raingear to Queen and Hermione Granger. And shop
they did, encouraged by hostess Sloan Barnett and the Burberry staff, who had actually participated in volunteer
work alongside Tipping Point grant recipients earlier in the month. With spring shipments of the fashion-forward
Prorsum line beckoning in pistachio, butter, and bubblegum, fashionistas could up their fun and feel-good factors
in equal measure. Raindrops were falling on the heads of Tipping Point boosters Sobia & Nadir Shaikh, Erin
Glenn, Norah & Norman Stone, Katie Schwab (affianced to Matt Paige, not future father-in-law Ken, as I
erroneously reported last month, with apologies), newlyweds Marissa Mayer & Zach Bogue, and Becca Prowda
with organization founder/CEO/hubby Daniel Lurie. The evening proved a spendthrift sartorial success. Burberry
donated a diluvian thirty percent of the evening’s proceeds right back to Tipping Point, much more than a drop in
the bucket to help keep local families safe, supported, and economically sustainable.

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Burberry tips its hat to charity
Catherine Bigelow - Sunday, February 21, 2010

                                                              Tip-top: Sloan Barnett hosted a stylish soiree in
                                                              support of Tipping Point on Feb. 8 at the Post Street
                                                              Burberry boutique.

                                                              Decked out in a Burberry Prorsum Spring knockout, the
                                                              author and KNTV green editor said her involvement was
                                                              "a no-brainer."

                                                              "I truly believe in how Daniel Lurie and his board fight
                                                              poverty," enthused Barnett. "For me, it's a perfect

 Burberry GM Bruce Rodriguez (from left), Sloan Barnett and   It's a family match, too: Her father-in-law, Victor Barnett,
 Tipping Point's Daniel Lurie. Photo: Catherine Bigelow /     is the vaunted haberdashery's former chairman whose
 Special to The Chronicle                                     savvy hire of former CEO Rose Marie Bravo kick-started
                                                               the 154-year-old company into red-carpet status.

                                                              Burberry fans nibbled on Paula LeDuc delicacies as they
                                                              rang up a $10K donation.

                                                              The evening also celebrated a new partnership: Burberry
                                                              staffers are volunteering their retail and fashion
                                                              expertise in the Western Addition at KIPP Bay Academy,
                                                              one of Tipping Point's grantees.

                                                               Read more:
 Tipping Point board members Jed York and Kate Harbin
 Clammer at Burberry boutique. Photo: Catherine Bigelow /     0gNy9cv5B
 Special to The Chronicle

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3 Million Reasons to Smile: Tipping Point
Catherine Bigelow – May 12, 2009

                                                               Happy faces atop the Stanlee Gatti-designed tables
                                                               at the Tipping Point Gala

                                                               Cake may have been touted as the marquee headliner
                                                               last week at Bimbo’s 365 Club where Tipping Point
                                                               held it’s third fundraiser.

                                                               However the band’s well-deserved thunder was
                                                               stolen by the stalwart supporters of Tipping Point
                                                               who, in a matter of minutes, raised mega-millions.

                                                               To be exact? Three-million smackers!

“The success of tonight’s auction brings us to a total of $5.6 million raised for our fiscal year,” said Tipping Point
founder and President Daniel Lurie, thrilled with the results. “And all of that money goes directly back out the
door to the more than 50,000 people who are served by our Tipping Point grantees.”

Founded by Lurie in 2005, Tipping Point has raised $14 million in a mere four years.

Tipping Point serves as a one-stop clearinghouse for charitable donations by providing funds and infrastructure
support to the most effective Bay Area organizations which address and deal with issues of education/youth
development, employment/asset building, child/family wellness and Homelessness/housing assistance.

The organization’s operating costs (and the gala itself) are underwritten by the Tipping Board of Directors
(including Kate Harbin Clammer, Mike Holston, Tracy Iseler, Chris James, David Lamond, Ronnie Lott, Alec
Perkins, Gina Peterson, Eric Roberts, Daniel Lurie, Katie Schwab), who, on average, each contribute $100K

“Thanks to everyone here tonight,” said Lurie, beaming, “We have three million reasons to smile!”

Perhaps smiling the most broadly? Tazo Stuart-Riascos, a client of Year Up, one of Tipping Point’s grantees
which provides young adults with technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and
corporate apprenticeship.

“Beginning when I was just two weeks old, I’ve lived in seven foster homes and attended six different schools,”
said 20-year-old Stuart-Riascos. “I didn’t do drugs, I didn’t sell drugs. But I ended up living in my car.”

After completing the Year Up program, Stuart-Riascos is now an apprentice with He next plans to
finish school, hopefully at Harvard University.

In addition to the big bucks raised, much of what is impressive about Tipping Point is its engagement of a new,
youthful demographic on the philanthropic front.

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                                                           “What these young kids are doing is making a huge
                                                           difference in philanthropy,” said JaMel Perkins. “I’ve
                                                           been fundraising for 40 years. And these young people
                                                           are already just knocking it out of the park!

                                                           “Of course,” continued Perkins, whose son, Alec Perkins,
                                                           currently serves as Tipping Point Board Chairman, “I’m
                                                           the mom.”

                                                           But Alec wouldn’t disagree with his mom. “Tonight we
                                                           have more people than ever caring about the fight against
                                                           poverty in the Bay Area. For me, that’s incredibly
                                                           inspirational,” said Alec Perkins. “Maybe someday in the
  Becca Prowda and her husband, Tipping Point             near future when kids are reading about the economic
  Founder-Director Daniel Lurie                           problems in 2008, 2009, we can tell them that we helped
                                                          do something about that.”

And help, everyone did. More than 600 guests (with a waiting list, to boot) turned out for this fun-raiser -- the
smiley-face shaped invite specifically instructing guests on matters sartorial: No Black-tie.

The evening featured a delish Paula LeDuc sit-down dinner (short-ribs and chocolate sundaes) for 550 folks --
the likes of which had never before fit into the swanky, old-school interior that is Bimbo’s.

“Next year we’ll just use guests as centerpieces,” cracked Tipping Point Director of Communications Jenn Pitts.
“That way we can fit 60 more people!”

But event designer Stanlee Gatti simply re-imagined the club’s traditional round tables into long perpendicular
rows so as to fit in all the folks. Even though gift bags awaited guests at night’s end, Gatti’s sassy, smiley-faced
floral centerpieces creations proved to be guests’ favorite take-away gift.

Among those guests? Helen and Charles Schwab; Google VP Salar Kamangar; Elaine McKeon; Cathy and Ned
Topham; Ron Conway; Cisco Senior VP Tony Bates and his wife, Cori Bates; VC guru Pierre Lamond; Google's
Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue; and Joachim and Nancy Bechtle.

The problem of trying to corral that many guests to dinner was cleverly handled with video help from Saturday
Night Live cast members Kristen Wiig and Will Forte who gently shamed guests into sitting.

“MC Hammer? Please sit down. Look, we’re onto you -- we know that you only wear those big pants so you can fill
them with dinner rolls. Your secret is out. Robert Mailer Anderson and Nicola Miner: Hey, loved your SFJazz
event. But that is over. Tonight is about Tipping Point. Have your seat.”

Sotheby’s suave auctioneer Jamie Niven deftly dislodged dollars during the lively live auction of two knock-out

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Dine-O-Mite was a gourmand’s delight featuring dinner by Top Chef Jamie Lauren, barrel tastings of CADE vino, a
Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market dinner whipped up by Quince chef-owner Michael Tusk, lunch at Medlock Ames
Vineyard, a signature cocktail created by Tipsy Pig and a Tesla Motors three-hour test drive). In just 10 minutes, it
sold for $90K.

Head for the Hills featured a dizzying trip to L.A. (aboard NetJets) that included tickets to Elton John’s 2010
Oscar Party, two nights at the Beverly Wilshire, a trip to the studio of artist Ed Ruscha, a private tour of LACMA,
and couture piece of jewelry crafted by designer Irene Neuwirth. A steal for $100K.

Giants poohbah Larry Baer offered up a Field of Dreams door prize. Inspired, 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary
jumped into the fray with his own package for 10 youths at the Niners Training Camp. Which did so well, he offered
it up for auction again.

“Any more auctions like this,” teased Trevor Traina, impressed by Tipping Point’s take, “And the poverty they’ll be
fighting will be for the people in this room!”

                                                          But it didn’t end there! Next up? MC Hammer took the
                                                          stage leading the crowd in surprising former 49er great
                                                          Ronnie Lott with the Happy Birthday ditty as the four
                                                          children of Ronnie and Karen Lott surprised their dad
                                                          with a birthday cake.

                                                          And even as 300 more people were waiting in line outside
                                                          Bimbo’s to hear Cake, this night belonged to guests such
                                                          as Tazo Stuart-Riascos.

                                                          “Today I can walk through the doors of the San Francisco
                                                          community with my head held high,” said this eloquent
    Tazo Stuart-Riascos and Stacy Bennett                 young man, who also poignantly recited a song-poem by
                                                         Tupac Shakur. “And can I say to myself, ‘Look at how I’ve

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Auction brings in $3 million to fight poverty
Willie Brown – May 10, 2009

Some of the biggest names in town dug deep into their wallets for a multimillion-dollar charity auction the other
night at Bimbo's 365.

Chuck Schwab and former 49er Ronnie Lott were just two of the 600 or so swells who packed the club to help
Tipping Point, which has given $3 million to 22 of the best poverty-fighting nonprofits in the Bay Area since 2005.

The hottest "item" on the auction block wasn't an item at all, but rather the honor of donating to the charity - and
two bidders wound up claiming the prize, at $160,000 each.

The hottest actual item was a trip for four to the land of angels, including flight, stay at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel,
an invite to Elton John's 2010 Oscar party, plus a private tour of Ed Ruscha's studio and the L.A. County Museum
of Art and an original couture piece by Irene Neuwirth. The whole package went for $100,000.

In all, Tipping Point raked in $3 million.

Now that's what I call a stimulus package.

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Tipping Point Community to Receive $250,000 in Cash and
HP Technology to Fight Bay Area Poverty
HP grant is final push to meeting Tipping Point’s $2 million goal
February 12, 2009

HP today announced it will donate $250,000 in cash and technology to Tipping Point Community, a San Francisco
Bay Area grant-making organization, in support of 22 local poverty-fighting organizations.

To combat poverty in the Bay Area during the current economic downturn, and as an incentive to inspire people to
donate money to Tipping Point Community, the board of directors of Tipping Point Community offered a dollar-for-
dollar match for money raised between Dec. 1, 2008, and Jan. 31, 2009, up to $1 million.

HP committed $100,000 in cash, allowing Tipping Point Community to reach $1 million in donations and thus a
total of $2 million was raised to support Tipping Point grantees.

In addition, HP will donate $150,000 in HP technology, to be distributed in partnership with Tipping Point
Community to local Bay Area organizations. Also, Michael J. Holston, executive vice president, general counsel
and secretary at HP, has joined the Tipping Point Community board.

“Our groups desperately need modern technology to guarantee effective service delivery to their communities –
most simply can’t afford it,” said Daniel Lurie, president and founder, Tipping Point Community. “HP’s generous
contributions ensure they will have the tools required to have maximum impact in the fight against poverty.”

“HP’s donation to Tipping Point Community furthers our long history of commitment to supporting the
communities in which we live and work,” said Holston. “It is even more important to support our communities in
the current economic crisis, and Tipping Point Community’s campaign to fight poverty aligns with HP’s
commitment to empower individuals and communities by supporting them with investments of HP resources and

More information about HP’s social investment activities is available at

About Tipping Point Community: Tipping Point Community screens non-profits rigorously to find the most
effective groups connecting Bay Area individuals and families to the services and opportunities needed to break
the cycle of poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Tipping Point’s board underwrites all operating and
fundraising expenses so that 100 percent of every dollar donated goes directly toward fighting poverty. More
information about Tipping Point Community is available at

About HP: HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and
businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More
information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at

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Poverty fighters honored
December 22, 2009

Tipping Point Community Awards Breakfast: At its third annual event Dec. 8, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel,
the charity dedicated to preventing poverty in the Bay Area announced a $1 million donation from the Sergey Brin
and Anne Wojcicki Foundation. The organization also honored other groups — Homeless Prenatal Program, Canal
Alliance and KIPP Bay Area Schools — working toward the same goal.

"Red Carpet: Decmeber 22, 2009"
Katie Schwab, Matt Paige, Charles Schwab and Helen Schwab

"Red Carpet: Decmeber 22, 2009"
From left, Creighton Reed, David Zierk and Kate Harbin

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Tipping Point gets $1M gift

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 Charity group Tipping Point Community got a $1 million gift from the Sergey Brin and
Anne Wojcicki Foundation.

The gift is one of the largest donations ever to the San Francisco charity, which aims to prevent poverty in the Bay
Area. It makes grants to nonprofits with that mission.

Recently it gave $50,000 each to the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco, Canal Alliance in Marin
County and KIPP Bay Area Schools.

Daniel Lurie, who started Tipping Point, is its CEO.

Sergey Brin is one of the founders of Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) in Mountain View.

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Tipping Point Community announces $1 million gift at
Third Annual Awards Breakfast
SAN FRANCISCO, December 8, 2009 — Tipping Point Community, a charitable
organization dedicated to preventing poverty in the Bay Area, announced a $1 million
donation from the Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation. Tuesday’s donation
was made at Tipping Point Community's Third Annual Awards Breakfast and is one of
Tipping Point’s largest donations to date.

In the Bay Area, one-quarter of families are too poor to meet their basic needs. “When
it comes to poverty, it’s too late for pessimism,” said Tipping Point Founder and CEO,
Daniel Lurie at the annual Tipping Point Awards Breakfast. “We thank Sergey and
Anne for their generous donation, which will allow us to further our mission to break
the cycle of poverty for good.”

Each year, Tipping Point Community honors Bay Area organizations working to
prevent poverty in the region. The three organizations honored this year are Homeless
Prenatal Program, Canal Alliance and KIPP Bay Area Schools. Each organization
received a grant of $50,000 from Tipping Point. Additional information on those
honored is outlined below.

Martha Ryan, Founder + Executive Director, Homeless Prenatal Program
Homeless Prenatal Program helps 3,000 homeless San Francisco families per year access
healthcare and provides comprehensive services to ensure that clients stabilize their
families for the long-term.

“I had always thought I’d go back to Africa to help there, but there were so many women
and children right here in San Francisco living without food, shelter and medical care; I
couldn’t help but help.” — Martha Ryan, Founder + Executive Director, HPP

Tom Wilson, Executive Director, Canal Alliance
Canal Alliance improves the lives of 3,000 low-income immigrant, working families in Marin
County each year through education, case management and training for economic

“Before I went to Canal Alliance I didn’t know who I was. I was headed for a life in prison.
Now, I have become the first person in my family to graduate from high school and go to
college. My education is giving me choices about my future.” — Gerovan Barrios-Huinil,
Client, Canal Alliance

Sehba Ali, Chief Academic Officer, KIPP Bay Area Schools
KIPP Bay Area Schools provides back-office support to seven KIPP schools in the Bay Area
as they prepare students from under-served neighborhoods to succeed in college and in

”I’m Latina. I come from a neighborhood of crime. People expect me to fail. I
understand now that I have the right to get an education. I can’t change all of eastside
San Jose, but thanks to KIPP, I can change what I do. I’m going to graduate from
college. I’m going to succeed. Not just for me, and not just for my family, but for my
community.” — Isis Diaz, 10 Grader, KIPP San Jose Collegiate

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Tipping Point Awards Breakfast
Catherine Bigelow - December 2009

There was big news yesterday morning in the penthouse restaurant of the St. Francis Hotel at the 3rd Tipping
Point Awards Breakfast. And it wasn't just that I was up, dressed and awake at 7:24 a.m.

All photos by Catherine Bigelow KIPP School honorees physics teacher Nathan Pace, student Isis Diaz and Chief
Academic Officer Sehba Ali

Not only was this poverty-fighting organization handing out generous checks ($50K each) to their honorees but it
was also the recipient of a major donation of moolah.

"Last week someone asked me about what 'Aha' moments I've had in terms of knowing that the work we do is
having an effect," said Tipping Point founder-president Daniel Lurie as he spoke to supporters.

Fortunately for Lurie and the organizations that Tipping Point supports, there have been many. But the largest
"aha" moment recently arrived in the form of a check from the personal foundation of Google co-founder Sergey
Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki, which was signed to the tune of one million dollars.

Tipping Point was founded in 2005 by Lurie, a San Francisco native. It serves as a one-stop clearinghouse for
those who wish to support fully vetted Bay Area poverty fighting organizations.

The organization's entire operating costs are underwritten by the Tipping Board of Directors (including Board
President Alec Perkins, Kate Harbin Clammer, Woody Driggs, Mike Holston, Chris James, David Lamond,
Ronnie Lott, Gina Peterson, Eric Roberts, Katie Schwab, Jed York, Gideon Yu and Lurie), who on average
each contribute $100K annually. Every dollar raised by Tipping Point, goes back out the door to its grantees.

And those funds will allow for many more "aha" moments for the Tipping Point grantees for whom this breakfast is
all about where the honorees shared amazing stories of triumph over tragedy.

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Tipping Point Awards Breakfast
"As the third in a family of 13 children," explained Homeless Prenatal Program founder Martha Ryan, "Nursing
came natural to me."

Back in the '80s, the former ICU nurse spent her free time volunteering at the St. Anthony's Medical Clinic and the
Waller Street Clinic. It was in these bare-bones settings where she first encountered pregnant homeless women
and saw an urgent need for health counseling.

"Most pregnant women are advised by their doctor to eat well, rest and reduce stress," said Ryan. "But if you're a
homeless woman without housing, battling addiction and in a bad relationship, your health and that of your baby's
is at risk."

In 1989, with seed money from the San Francisco Foundation, Ryan founded her organization which strives to
break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Their first year, the program served 72 women. Today, HPP provides
comprehensive services to more than 2,500 families.

With Tipping Point support, HPP convinced Accenture to provide them with a multimillion-dollar database and now
provides mental health support to its staff, some of whom are former clients.

"San Francisco Foundation gave birth to us," said Ryan, in tribute. "But Tipping Point helped us grow up."

Tipping Point Board member Gina Peterson introduced the honorees from Canal Alliance in Marin county:
Executive Director Tom Wilson and Canal client Gerovan Barrios-Huinil, who is his short life has traveled an
amazing odyssey from poverty in Guatamala to success as a student at Marin Community College.

The Canal district is home to about 12,000 people who've immigrated from other countries. Many are poor,
uneducated and don't speak English. Drugs and gang activity are rife there.

As Huinil, who originally spoke only Mayan, discovered when he was floundering in school and struggling with
numerous language barriers.

Seeking protection, he joined with one of those Canal district gangs. At 16, he and two friends were attacked in a
drive-by shooting. One lived, one died. The police arrived and as Huinil lay on the ground in handcuffs, he thought
to himself, "If this is the life that I left my family for and struggled through the desert to get here, then I want to live
on the other side."

Huinil signed on with Canal Alliance, where he is now employed, the first in his family to graduate from high school
and attend college, and is working toward his citizenship.

"Typically, I wouldn't pick up the phone can call a funder when I had a problem," explained Tom Wilson of his
experience with Tipping Point. "But they're different. Tipping Point gives me a place to go with my questions. And
they offer solutions and resources. This is cutting-edge philanthropy!"

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Tipping Point Awards Breakfast
The KIPP Schools were founded in 1994 by two teachers frustrated with the state of public education. In 2000,
KIPP received a big boost from Doris Fisher and her late husband, GAP founder Don Fisher. The rigorous program
asks much of its students: 10-hour days, classes on Saturday, little vacation time.

But for Isis Diaz, a 10th-grader at KIPP San Jose Collegiate, that educational challenge is preferable to the other
options that engage many teenagers in the Allen Rock area of San Jose.

"I'm Latina. I come from a neighborhood of crime. People expect me to fail. Now, I understand that I have the right
to get an education. I can't change all of eastside San Jose, but thanks to KIPP, I can change what I do," said Diaz,
who plans to be a cop when she grows up. "I'm going to graduate from college. I'm going to succeed. Not just for
me, and not just for my family, but for my community."

Shortly after the breakfast, Tipping Point received a $100K donation. Its goal is to raise $2 million in support of its
26 grantees by January 15.

Honorees Isis Diaz, Tom Wilson, Sehba Ali, Martha Ryan, Gerovan Barrios-Huinil
with TP founder-president Daniel Lurie

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The Best Poverty-Fighting Bet
The Google IPO event of the nonprofit world.

The Best Poverty-Fighting BetThe Google IPO event of the nonprofit world.
Georgia Levenson Keohane - June 2, 2008

                                           If any good comes out of the misguided farm bill passed last month, it will
                                           be the recognition that Americans are hungry. Amid the egregious
                                           agricultural subsidies, the bill earmarks billions of dollars to food banks,
                                           where demand is up 20 percent from a year ago, and to food stamps,
                                           which now help feed a record 28 million Americans. (According to the
                                           latest Department of Agriculture figures, more than 40 percent of people
                                           using food stamps live in working families, up nearly one-third in 10

                                          "Food insecurity" is part of a larger constellation of hardships, and in this
uncertain economic climate, spending on new government initiatives to address all of these woes is unlikely. The
nonprofit sector also typically scales back in harder times as corporate giving recedes, foundations grow cautious,
and donors think twice about charitable gifts. Herein lies the recessionary rub: Just when Americans need relief
most, it is hardest to come by.

This truth about nonprofit belt tightening makes the national rollout of SingleStop USA, a poverty-fighting startup,
all the more extraordinary. In less than nine months, SingleStop has raised $35 million from some of the smartest
philanthropic investors, including Tipping Point Community, the Robin Hood Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies,
and the Blue Ridge Foundation. This is the Google IPO event of the nonprofit world. It suggests that SingleStop's
blueprint is effective and replicable—and also means that these foundations are betting on tougher times ahead.

SingleStop's operating model is simple: With a Turbo Tax-like software and legal and financial counseling, it helps
people tap into public benefits (tax credits, food stamps, child care subsidies, and health insurance) that they're
eligible for but aren't using. Since 2001, a New York City pilot version of the program has connected 70,000 low-
income residents to hundreds of millions of government dollars. Nationally, estimates put the figure for unclaimed
assistance at $65 billion. Research from the Urban Institute indicates, strikingly, that 25 percent of the working
poor receive no benefits at all, despite their eligibility, and that only 7 percent of these families access all four of
the major supports (tax credits, Medicaid, food stamps, and child care subsidies). So SingleStop has lots of room
to run.

When the Robin Hood launched SingleStop in 2001, the foundation found that the primary reasons the working
poor failed to claim public benefits were that they either didn't know about the programs or didn't know how to
apply for them. Often, applying meant visiting a series of different government offices—no easy undertaking for
people working multiple jobs or with limited child care and transportation. As an antidote, SingleStop developed a
quick one-stop shop at 59 sites across New York. In 15 minutes, the organization's software tools calculate a
family's eligibility for a host of benefits—public assistance (TANF and other welfare-to-work initiatives), food
stamps, Medicaid, housing and child care subsidies, health care, school lunch programs, heating assistance,
Social Security disability, and tax credits. SingleStop counselors then provide families with tailored legal and
financial advice—how to stave off eviction with new rent money or vouchers, how to consolidate debt and begin to
pay it off, how to open a savings or IDA account.

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The Google IPO event of the nonprofit world.
The concept of a benefits calculator isn't new. Nor is the one-stop-shop approach. But many existing outreach
programs start people off on the benefits process without seeing them through. (Examples: the State Assistance
and Referral Process in Houston, or economic development nonprofits in California that employ a "Self-Sufficiency
calculator.") SingleStop goes further; after clients determine what they're eligible for, counselors walk them
through the application process, help obtain the benefits, and then provide specific guidance about them.

Data consistently show that helping families keep themselves housed, fed, and healthy is a better investment than
managing a crisis that's already begun. This is the case for Section 8 housing assistance over homeless shelters
or health insurance over emergency-room treatment. In addition, the value of providing different supports in
tandem is greater than the sum of their parts; food stamps and Medicaid promote general health, and together
also help keep children in school, parents at work, and translate into more stable earnings (food on the table,
money for rent). Child care subsidies help parents hold down these jobs, advance in them, and begin to save. Over
the long term, savings can mean purchasing a home or a child's higher education. This is the hoped-for ladder out
of poverty.

All of this helps explain SingleStop's appeal to national philanthropies that view their grants as strategic ventures
and seek measurable results. They are also drawn to SingleStop's scorecard. According to a McKinsey & Co. study
of the New York pilot, the average family in a SingleStop program recouped $1,800 in tax credits and $5,000 in
benefits that they weren't previously receiving. For the typical SingleStop beneficiary—a single mother with two or
more children, earning less than $10,000 a year and receiving no public assistance—this money can mean the
difference of raising children above, rather than below, the poverty line. And for SingleStop's underwriters, these
outcomes mean substantial returns: For every $1 invested, the program gives clients $3 in benefits, $4 to $13 in
legal counseling, $2 in financial counseling, and $11 in tax credits.

By helping families wring more from existing government programs, SingleStop has won the support of mayors like
San Francisco's Gavin Newsom and Newark's Cory Booker. Their cities have tight budgets and a growing number
of working families filing for food stamps or in need of financial counseling about home foreclosures. In New York,
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has supported the pilot, and the SingleStop staff is now racing around the country to
meet with other city and state officials. Lots of places want them; they just can't roll the program out everywhere
at once. Over the next two years, sites are planned for at least three new states, including California, New Jersey,
and New Mexico. The five-year goal is to lift 1 million people out of poverty.

That's an ambitious aim, and SingleStop is still working out the expansion kinks. In contrast to New York, where
the organization has based its sites at other nonprofit organizations, it may make more sense to work out of public
agencies or even with a large corporate employer of low-wage workers (like McDonald's). SingleStop must also
attract national funders for local efforts; it is unlikely that every city on its own will find a Robin Hood-esque
patron. Despite the challenges of a national rollout, however, SingleStop's tested model—leveraging existing
resources to help people out of poverty—is about as good a philanthropic bet as they come.

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Nonprofit Tipping Point aims fundraising blitz at local
Sarah Duxbury – May 16-22, 2008

Three-year-old Tipping Point recently wrapped up what might be the single most successful night of fundraising in
San Francisco history.

The nonprofit's May 1 gala raised $3.76 million, every penny of which will go to fighting poverty in the Bay Area.

Founder Daniel Lurie based Tipping Point on Robin Hood Foundation, the New York City nonprofit that's the
darling of the hedge fund set, and where Lurie worked from 2001 to 2003. Like Robin Hood, Tipping Point's nine-
member board, which includes Ronnie Lott, covers all of the nonprofit's operating expenses.

"That inspires others to get involved," Lurie said. "We've relied on the same generous people for a long time, and
it's time to get other people to step up."

Lurie, and some of his Tipping Point board members, are children of major Bay Area philanthropists -- Lurie's
mother is Miriam Haas and his stepfather the late Peter Haas of Levi Strauss & Co., but others are relatively new
to the philanthropic scene.

Between its promise to funnel every penny donated to 20 pre-vetted, poverty-fighting charities and its desire to
fund general operating expenses -- key dollars that often are hard for nonprofits to come by -- Tipping Point has
developed appeal for both donors and nonprofits. In just three years, Tipping Point has quadrupled the number of
donor gifts and increased the amount it gives away from $450,000 two years ago to $5.5 million this year. This
year's contributions are about what a private foundation with a $100 million endowment would give.

Some $1.5 million of the funds raised on May 1 will go to opening SingleStop sites in the Bay Area. Developed in
New York by Robin Hood Foundation, SingleStop brings together in one location all available tax breaks and public
benefits, like earned income tax credits, food stamps and MediCal, to which low-income people are entitled but
may lack the time or resources to find. The one site will have all necessary forms as well as someone to help people
understand and use them.

Last year, $300 million in public assistance went unclaimed in San Francisco, and $65 billion went unclaimed
nationwide, according to SingleStop, and SingleStop could help remedy that. Four sites will be open by the end of
the summer, and four more will open by early 2009. It costs $250,000 to open a SingleStop and run it for a year,
and Sergey Brin, a Google co-founder, and Paul Tudor Jones, who founded Robin Hood Foundation, each
committed $250,000 to open SingleStops.

One of Tipping Point's first nonprofit partners is Richmond-based Rubicon, a $16 million nonprofit that operates a
bakery and provides services to help people move out of poverty.

"We get funding for housing and job training, but nobody pays for the connecting tissue that makes it all work,"
said Rick Aubry, Rubicon's president. "Tipping Point makes our idea possible by paying for mundane things like
management information systems or H.R. departments."

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Aubry also credits the $200,000 he has received from Tipping Point for making possible an expansion into San

"For an area as wealthy as the Bay Area, there is still an incredible amount of need," said Lurie, rattling off
statistics: 25 percent of the population here is too poor to meet basic needs; more than 600,000 people live in
poverty; 71,000 people are homeless in the Bay Area, and 40,000 of those are families.

"Those numbers are in my mind unacceptable, and they're unacceptable to our board and donors," Lurie said.

“It’s time to get other people to step up,” says Lurie, right, with Dr. Nadine Burke.

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Catherine Bigelow – April 15, 2007

Tip-top: It was, we thinks, a philanthropic torch pass at Bimbo's 365 Club for the Tipping Point Community's
inaugural Give*Get Benefit.

The event raised $1.2 million for this foundation, which serves as a clearinghouse for organizations (such as
Rubicon, the Homeless Prenatal Program and First Place Fund for Youth) that tackle homelessness and housing,
youth development and unemployment.

"That's $1.2 million going straight back out the door," said Tipping Point founder Daniel Lurie. "We had great
sponsors like Levi's, Fiji Water, Equinox, Krug Champagne and PlumpJack Wines. The party was paid for by our

And what a swell board it is: Lurie, Chris James, Ronnie Lott, Eric Roberts and Katie Schwab, who serves as board

"I'll be the first one to ask, how do you say 'no' to Daniel?" joked Lott. "More important, how do you say no to the
work we are trying to accomplish?

"The universe is calling for all of us to serve those less fortunate. We see it here in the city and all the way down to
Silicon Valley," said the former 49er, who also directs his All Stars Helping Kids foundation. "The energy here is
great, with so many young people getting engaged and helping make the world a better place. Their involvement
does make a difference in people's lives."

The sellout crowd of 450 (with a waiting list to boot) was peopled by longtime community leaders and
philanthropists (Charles and Helen Schwab, Mimi Haas, Don and Doris Fisher, Dede Wilsey, Susie and Mark Buell,
Tom and JaMel Perkins, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein, and Mike and Cathy Podell) as well as a new breed of hip
and happening philanthropists in their 30s and 40s (Nicola Miner and Robert Mailer Anderson; David Lamond;
Trevor and Alexis Traina; Jad and Christina Dunning; Chris and Bradley James; Lurie and his wife, Becca Prowda).

$50K tables went like that. But with $250 and $500 individual tickets, an even younger philanthropic subset was
on the scene, too. The supper club setting perfectly suited the sumptuous Paula LeDuc supper. And Stanlee Gatti
created clever teeter-totter-esque centerpieces that read "Be a Tipping Point."

Scanning the room (and perhaps calculating the accumulated net worth gathered in Bimbo's ballroom), Trevor
Traina observed: "It's amazing what Daniel has accomplished. He's gone from zero to 60 in just one year."

Although Stephan Jenkins and Third Eye Blind (decked out in Levi's labels) belted out their best, the rockers were
outgunned by students from the KIPP Summit Academy in San Lorenzo, one of Tipping Point's grantees.

The charter school is building a new campus for the first Bay Area KIPP high school. But success meant the KIPP
Orchestra would lose its music building -- until this non-gala gala's live auction kicked into high gear.

In the end, dueling $100K donations (Dede Wilsey, Charles Schwab, Mimi Haas) were added together for a
whopping $300K building fund, which received an in-kind architectural design donation from Gensler.

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Another give/get for Tipping Point? A raffle for a Prius, won by Brent and Mary Johnson, who immediately returned
it to the pot, whereupon it was won by Bill Edwards, who kept the luxury package at the Carneros Inn
accompanying the car, but donated the car to Tipping Point, where it will be used by the foundation's grantees.

"Tonight felt like our 'coming-out' party," enthused Lurie. "We want to engage young philanthropists to step up
and take a leadership role. Tipping Point shines a light on agencies that are not always high profile but at the end
of the day are doing the hard work that makes a difference in people's lives."

Catherine Bigelow - Sunday, April 15, 2007

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