Lurie, CEO of the nonprofit Tipping Point Community, is the winner of the 2011
University of San Francisco California Prize for Service and the Common Good.
will be honored at a gala dinner and award ceremony on the USF campus on Nov. 1
for his efforts to find, fund, and partner with the best Bay Area nonprofits
that serve low-income families and individuals. The prize includes $10,000 and
a handcrafted medal.
Lurie has shown the momentum a single individual can create in our community,”
said USF President Stephen A. Privett S.J., in announcing the award. “It is
clear to me that USF and Tipping Point share common values, most notably, making
service to the most vulnerable members of society a priority.”
Point Community, founded by Lurie in 2005, has brought a new wave of energy to
the battle against poverty and raised more than $30 million to educate, employ,
house, and support 150,000 Bay Area residents.
both humbling and motivating to be recognized for the work Tipping Point is
doing to improve lives paralyzed by poverty,” Lurie said. “Most of all, I hope
this honor will direct the spotlight of attention towards individuals in need,
and infuse new energy into those working to solve our most pressing social
with support from USF’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, the California Prize is awarded annually to an individual or
organization for significant service to the poor or marginalized, and for
groundbreaking achievements in pursuit of the common good. Previous California
Prize recipients include Lynn Fritz, a social entrepreneur and found of the
Fritz Institute; Alice Waters, renouned chef and champion of food grown
locally; and One PacificCoast Bank and Foundation (formerly OneCalifornia).