Tipping Point Community

Location: 220 Montgomery St Ste 850, San Francisco, 94104 CA

EIN: 20-2121739

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3Positive leader in the field2Bureaucratic2Risk averse2"Gets" nonprofits and issues2Builds relationships2Culturally sensitive2Gives more than money2Difficult to work with1Culturally incompetent1Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field1Openminded1Responsive

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Tipping Point Community

Dec 13, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Very arduous application and data tracking metrics. Application consisted of over 20 requested documents, with multiple requirements for large data uploads in their portal, and excessive follow ups. There was not much consideration for the amount of time that goes into the application and follow ups included many questions that were answered in the sent materials-unclear if they read the information they required.

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Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Apr 16, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

Tipping Point is great in theory, backed by a lot of influential/wealthy funders. For a trusted colleague however, I would tell them to proceed with caution. If your intent is to diversity your funding sources, you may lose some high net worth donors (if they also give significantly to TP) because they could argue they are giving twice to the same organization - when in fact, as fundraisers know, that is not the case. TP funds organizations that have proven successes and have systems in place to be able to collect, analyze, and utilize data - again, great in theory, but difficult for up and coming change-making organizations that would benefit the most from the institutional support and funding that TP offers. I would highly recommend speaking to current or past TP grantees to see if exploring this opportunity is the best for your organization, I know there are a lot of mixed reviews.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Feb 20, 2018 2

Professional in the field

I find it offensive in the extreme that they promote the idea that 100% of donations to them go to grants. This hurts every other nonprofit. In fact they get particular major donors (including the wealthy parents and family members of the principals) to donate for administration. The implication is that other nonprofits are spending "unnecessary" money on donations.

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Aug 09, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

We are grateful for the grant we received and also the ongoing training that Tipping Point provides.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

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Jun 30, 2017 1

Reviewer 127 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

They're by invite only and the process includes an incredibly thorough vetting of organizational infrastructure, performance, and leadership.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Feb 07, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Very fancy place and full of itself. They seem super generous if you match what they want to do, but they can take you on a long ride that is a lot of work and then give you nothing.

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Invitation only, Difficult to work with

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Feb 07, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Very generous, committed to building a partnership, offers many useful resources beyond financial grants.

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Reasonable character restrictions, Reasonable reporting terms, Positive leader in the field

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