Daniel Lurie

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"I saw a need in the Bay Area for an organization to get people engaged and involved in giving back. Tipping Point Community was built to fill that need. When I worked on the Bill Bradley campaign after graduating from Duke, I was inspired by his challenge to be part of something bigger than myself and his reminder that change can be built from the ground up.

"I began working at the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty in New York City, a week before September 11, 2001. I was humbled by Robin Hood’s unmatched relief efforts and its ability to lift up the city once more by providing victims’ families with the best possible services and donors with an effective, tangible way to give.

"Two years later, I returned home to California to go to graduate school at Cal and began adapting the Robin Hood model to fit my community, the Bay Area. I chose the name “Tipping Point Community” because I liked Malcolm Gladwell’s notion that a few passionate people with a good idea can spark change, big change.

"Tipping Point was started in 2005 with just four board members and a hundred donors. Chris, Ronnie, Katie and I envisioned a better, poverty-free, Bay Area. We believed then and know now that the responsibility for making that happen belongs to all of us." [1]


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  1. Tipping Point Community Founding Story, organizational web page, accessed December 17, 2013.