Super-inspired by this fantastic non-profit organization I just discovered here in San Francisco. The Tipping Point Community was inspired by the book of the same title by Malcolm Gladwell.
It's founder, Daniel Lurie founded the organization with a small team of four on his board plus 100 donors in 2005. Since then it has raised over $150 million to "educate, employ, house and support those in need in the Bay Area.
They do this by directing their dollars to "find, fund and partner" other organizations already doing the work, along with providing access to other programs and services that go above and beyond w to provide successful avenues to self-sufficiency. They distill the complexities of poverty into four distinct buckets: Education, employment, early childhood and housing. By investing in a diverse portfolio of highly vetted organizations already working in these issues they minimize risk to investors and provide more direct and immediate impact to people in need.
According to their website, last year alone they helped put 23,000 people on the path out of poverty. Plus, their board covers 100% of the organizations operating costs so fundraising and donations can go directly towards the needs at hand.
Three cheers for organizations like this who are committed to making a difference! Visit their website for more info and donate what you can.