Tipping Point Announces 2016 Annual Awards Breakfast Honorees

LifeMoves, Mission Asset Fund, Beyond 12, and Rubicon Programs Staff Member Honored

Bruce Ives, Alexandra Bernadotte, Marquise Murphy, Adrienne Kimball, José Quiñonez and Daniel Lurie at the Tipping Point Annual Awards Breakfast

Today, Tipping Point Community hosted its 10th Annual Awards Breakfast in honor of standout community partners and individuals committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area. It was a morning of reflection — on the uncertainty many feel in the wake of the recent election, and the unifying force we become when we work together for the betterment of our community.

This morning’s breakfast recognized Beyond 12, Mission Asset Fund and LifeMoves for their commitment to improving the lives of the 1.3 million Bay Area residents too poor to meet their basic needs. Former LifeMoves client Marquise Murphy spoke of his experience being homeless and the support LifeMoves gave him to change the trajectory of his life. Adrienne Kimball, a Richmond native and staff member from Rubicon Programs was also honored with the Community Hero Award for her leadership in the organization’s recent evolution after 40 years of service to East Bay residents. Tipping Point Board Chair, Chris James, Board Member, Nellie Levchin, and Leadership Council member Christine Leong Connors were on hand to present the awards.

“The power is in community. Society needs those of us with privilege to exercise that power for a purpose greater than ourselves,” said Daniel Lurie, CEO + Founder, closing the morning with a call for action, at a moment where we have an opportunity for transformation.

“Amidst all this change, we must demonstrate our values will remain, and I have no better source of hope and optimism than from our honorees here today.”

The 2016 Tipping Point honorees:

LifeMoves, a grantee since 2008, strives to end homelessness by providing shelter, housing and supportive services. “The LifeMoves model is not just room and board. It’s all the additional counseling, coaching, structure, and accountability our clients need to become stable and self-sufficient,” said Bruce Ives, CEO of the housing organization. “To me, it feels similar to what we get from our relationship with Tipping Point. Tipping Point gives you the money plus the accountability, plus the metrics, and the rigor.”

Since 2012, Tipping Point has partnered with Mission Asset Fund, which aims to create a fair financial marketplace for families by developing and scaling impactful financial programs that build credit scores and financial stability. “To date, we have managed over $6.5 million through our Lending Circles program, with every single dollar saved by low-income families themselves. 53 nonprofits in 17 states have adopted our model,” said CEO José Quiñonez, who was recently named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. “Innovation happens when we recognize the brilliance in everyday ideas and put them to work for the common good.”

Beyond 12 has been in Tipping Point’s portfolio for nearly two years and uses a high-tech and high-touch data tracking and human coaching intervention to provide first-generation low-income students the support needed to earn a college degree. “Even though more young people than ever are enrolling in college, by the time they reach their mid-20s, only 9% of low-income students have earned a bachelor’s degree, versus 77% of their higher-income peers,” said Alex Bernadotte, CEO. “I founded Beyond 12 to change those statistics. We are currently tracking the progress of over 60,000 students and coaching close to 3,000 across the country.”

Adrienne Kimball received the Community Hero Award for her work at Rubicon Programs, a Tipping Point grantee since 2005, that focuses on transforming individual lives and improving Bay Area communities through jobs, housing and healthcare. Kimball was first introduced to Rubicon because many of her family members sought services at the organization. For seven years, she worked as the organization’s executive assistant, while today, she serves as its culture manager, helping to elevate the voice of the staff and preserve the team’s core values. “It takes a certain mindset to stay in poverty. It’s the mindset that you’re not worth it. That the solutions being offered don’t work, and the solutions that do work aren’t for you,” said Kimball. “Shifting that mindset is how we make progress.”

You can watch the acceptance speeches here.


Since 2005, Tipping Point Community has raised more than $120 million to educate,employ, house and support those in need in the Bay Area, impacting the lives of over 137,000 people last year alone. Tipping Point screens non-profits rigorously to find, fund and partner with the most promising groups helping low-income people achieve self-sufficiency. 100% of every dollar donated fights poverty.