Do One Thing: A Summer of Creativity in the Fight Against Poverty
People say the Bay Area is making history — that we’re living in a modern Gold Rush — but with more than a million people right here in our community who don’t have what they need to survive, we know it will take all of us to ensure we end up on the right side of the history books. This summer, we’ve been impressed by more than a few relative newcomers to the fight against poverty and want to salute them for getting involved in some awesome ways. Here are a few examples:
- At this year’s SF Marathon on July 26th, Team Tipping Point’s 20-person squad logged 275 collective miles and raised $26,000 to fight poverty. Using Crowdrise as its online giving platform, each runner customized his/her own campaign and rallied friends and family in support. “This was my first marathon, so I wanted a great organization to raise money for, as well as a dedicated group of people to train with,” said John Dobrowolski. “Team Tipping Point fit the bill!”
- On July 29th, our friends told all their friends and we ended up with a sold-out room of nearly 250 next-gen philanthropists at the first-ever Tipping Point Social hosted at Forgery Bar in SoMa. Grantee leader Eric Scroggins, Teach for America’s regional Executive Director, challenged to put the Bay Area’s ingenuity, our social, intellectual and financial capital, to good use in working to update our education system for the today’s world.
- When the well-regarded, L.A.-based firm Bel Air Investment Advisors opened its new office down the street from Tipping Point HQ, they surprised us with a reversal of the traditional welcome-to-the-’hood routine. Before we had a chance to formally welcome them, Bel Air beat us to the punch with a generous $25,000 match to fight poverty. Thanks to Stephanie Withers, Darrell Krasnoff and the rest of the firm, the inspiring results of their challenge can provide intensive case management for 100 homeless families or one-on-one executive coaching for 10 grantee leaders.
- Throughout late July and early August, our team and several grantee staff turned out to see Anna Deavere Smith’s stirring one-woman show, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, at the Berkeley Rep. Drawing on over 100 interviews with individuals affected by our nation’s school-to-prison pipeline, Smith seamlessly transformed from student to teacher, policy-maker to professor, and judge to clinician to represent all angles of the issue on stage. In the second Act, she invited the audience into the conversation to help create a solution. For more information on this project, visit Smith’s website.
We urge you to pick one thing and just get started. Check out opportunities to volunteer with one of our 47 phenomenal grantees, or use the SF Gives Corporate Philanthropy Playbook to begin a conversation about giving at your company. You can make a donation to the most promising education, employment, housing and wellness organizations in the Bay Area, or initiate a discussion among friends about how to shape our community for the better. For more ideas, check out our piece in The Bold Italic, How To Be A Decent Human Being In San Francisco, published last year.