Tipping Point Hosts Sold-Out Concert featuring Janelle Monáe and The Roots

Tipping Point
2 min readOct 15, 2019

Tipping Point AMPLIFIED Brings in More Than $1 Million to Fight Poverty in the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15, 2019 — Today, Tipping Point Community announced that Tipping Point AMPLIFIED, a benefit concert presented by Visa, raised more than $1 million to fight poverty in the Bay Area. The sold-out show featuring Janelle Monáe and The Roots took place Saturday evening at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

100% of all ticket sales from the show will support Tipping Point’s efforts to break the cycle of poverty for families in the Bay Area. Today, 1 in 3 people and 1 in 2 Black and Latinx people in the region don’t have the resources to meet their basic needs. Tipping Point invests in proven non-profits focused on housing, early childhood, education, and employment programs. A film shown at the event exemplified the disparity in our region.

“On Saturday night, we saw the power of community coming together to support those who need it most,” said Daniel Lurie, Founder + CEO, Tipping Point Community. “We live in one of the wealthiest regions in the world, but the inequality we’re seeing is unprecedented and unacceptable. There is no challenge too large for the Bay Area if we’re united — even something as daunting as tackling poverty.”

In addition to the funds raised by concert goers, the Visa Foundation announced it will contribute $3 million to Tipping Point over the course of three years, supporting efforts to reduce economic inequality in the Bay Area.

“Homelessness and poverty are critical issues facing the Bay Area, demanding every local entity play a part in supporting the collective effort to address and meet the needs of our community members,” states Oliver Jenkyn, President, North America, Visa Inc. “With deep-seated roots in the local community, Visa and the Visa Foundation are proud to support Tipping Point and their work providing vulnerable communities with pathways to economic opportunity.”

While Janelle Monáe and The Roots brought the star power, well known Oakland-based youth groups brought the local flair with celebratory performances by Oakland School for the Arts and Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company. Concert goers also heard from Tipping Point’s President, Sam Cobbs, Tipping Point Board Member, Lateefah Simon, as well as Adama Iwu, senior director of Global Government Relations for Visa.

The show kicked off Tipping Point’s annual giving campaign. To learn more or donate, visit www.tippingpoint.org/amplify.


Tipping Point’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty for people in the Bay Area who don’t have the resources to meet their basic needs.

Since 2005, Tipping Point has raised more than $260 million for housing, early childhood, education, and employment solutions in the region. Our board covers 100% of our operating costs, so every dollar donated goes where it’s needed most.

Last year, we helped more than 21,000 people connect to opportunities that break the cycle of poverty.

To learn more, visit tippingpoint.org.

Photo Credits: Drew Altizer, Phil Halprin, Bonfire Labs



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