Tides (organization)

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Founded 1976
Founder Drummond Pike
Services Values-based infrastructure service for progressive nonprofits

Tides is a nonprofit organization located in San Francisco's Presidio and in New York City. Tides works with individuals and institutions in the areas of grantmaking, fiscal sponsorship, nonprofit management, nonprofit real estate services, consulting, international grants, philanthropic investing, advocacy, and administrative services. The organization is composed of three components: Tides Center, Tides Foundation, and Tides Shared Spaces.


The roots of Tides Center are in Tides Foundation, founded by Drummond Pike in 1976. In 1977, the Tides Foundation began working with initiative campaigns, an arrangement that was formalized into the Projects Program in 1979. In 1996, this program became Tides Center, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.[citation needed]


Organizations that began as projects of Tides Center include:[1]

Current projects of Tides Center include:[2]

In 2011, Tides received about $90 million in funding, and awarded about $96 million to various individuals and organizations.[4]

Tides has received at least $3.5 million from financier and political activist George Soros.[5]

From 2003 to 2012, Tides gave around $4.4 million to media advocacy organization Media Matters for America.[6]


In October 2011, Former Tides CEO Melissa L. Bradley stated in a blog post that Tides supports the Occupy Wall Street movement. She wrote that the movement "represents the best of American ideals and ingenuity."[7]

Tides Canada[edit]

Tides Canada is a Canadian charitable organization established in 2000 by a founding board that included Drummond Pike, also founder of Tides US. While Tides Canada’s name was inspired by Tides US, it is an independent entity with separate management and distinct organizational structure. With headquarters in Vancouver and offices in Toronto and Yellowknife, Tides Canada is made up of two separate legal entities. Tides Canada Foundation [8] is a national public foundation that focuses on social justice and the environment and Tides Canada Initiatives Society [9] is a shared administrative platform for 40 in-house social change projects with field staff across the country.

See also[edit]


  • Anheier, Helmut K.; Diana Leat (2006). Creative Philanthropy: Toward a New Philanthropy for the Twenty-First Century. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-37090-6.
  • Callahan, David (2010). Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-17711-2.
  • Faber, Daniel R.; McCarthy, Deborah, ed. (2005). Foundations for Social Change: Critical Perspectives on Philanthropy And Popular Movements. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 0-7425-1988-7
  1. ^ About - Tides. Tidescenter.org (2011-02-03). Retrieved on 2013-09-21.
  2. ^ Project Directory - Tides. Tidescenter.org (2011-01-03). Retrieved on 2013-09-21.
  3. ^ http://www.tides.org/nc/community/project-directory/show/project/single/title/the-list-project-to-resettle-iraqi-allies/
  4. ^ "Tides > Grantees". Tides. 
  5. ^ "Is George Soros behind Occupy Wall Street?". Russia Today. October 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ Martosko, David (February 17, 2012). "Left-wing foundations lavish millions on Media Matters". The Daily Caller. 
  7. ^ Bradley, Melissa L. (October 12, 2011). "Why We Support the #OccupyWallStreet Movement". Tides. 
  8. ^ "Canada Revenue Agency website, Tides Canada Foundation". Canada Revenue Agency. 
  9. ^ "Canada Revenue Agency website, Tides Canada Initiatives Society". Canada Revenue Agency. 

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