Drummond Pike

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Drummond Pike
Drummond MacGavin Pike

(1948-10-11) October 11, 1948 (age 70)
OccupationPhilanthropist, political activist
Known forFounder of Tides Foundation

Drummond MacGavin Pike (born October 11, 1948) is an American philanthropist and progressive political activist. He founded the Tides Foundation in 1976 and served as its president until 2010.[1] He currently serves as a principal at Equilibrium Capital Group. Pike helped pioneer the advent of donor-advised funds in philanthropy.[2]


Pike studied political science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and became involved in the anti-war movement in the late 1960s. He was selected as a campus representative to the Board of Regents during his senior year in 1969, and graduated with a B.A. in 1970. Pike continued his education at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University where he obtained a master's degree in Political Science.[3]


In 1975, Pike co-founded the Youth Project in Washington D.C., serving as its associate director.[4] He was subsequently hired as executive director of the Shalan Foundation, based in San Francisco.[4]

Pike founded the Tides Foundation, the first fully staffed donor-advised fund in the United States,[3] in 1976. At Tides, he pioneered the use of donor-advised funds as an instrument for donors to anonymously support philanthropic causes.[2][5]

Pike was among the original founders of Working Assets (Credo), a San Francisco-based telecommunications company dedicated to progressive philanthropy and political activism.[6] He founded Highwater, Inc., a real estate development venture designed to facilitate the provision of quality nonprofit workspace in metropolitan areas, in 1992. In 1994 he proposed the Thoreau Center for Sustainability to the Presidio Trust.

In 1996, Pike established the Tides Center, an offshoot of the Tides Foundation. The Tides Center provides grants management, administrative, financial and human resources services to charitable initiatives not yet incorporated as 501(c)(3)s.[7]

Pike founded Groundspring.org in 1996. Groundspring.org was originally called eGrants and was later acquired by Network for Good.[8]

In 2002, Pike became the founding chairman of Tides Canada Foundation, a parallel organization of the Tides Foundation.

In 2008, Pike anonymously donated $1 million to ACORN after Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN's founder Wade Rathke, was found to have embezzled $948,607.50 from the group and affiliated charitable organizations. ACORN had previously received funding from the Tides Foundation.[9]


  • 2004: National Philanthropy Day’s Outstanding Foundation Professional Award.[10]
  • 2006: Mark Dubois Award from Friends of the River.[11]


  1. ^ Gose, Ben (February 9, 2014). "A Nonprofit Trendsetter Becomes 4th CEO in 4 Years at Tides". The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b Williams, Christina (April 20, 2011). "Equilibrium Capital hires Tides' Drummond Pike". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Drummond Pike". Equilibrium Capital. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b Cohen, Andrea (February 22, 2011). "Drummond Pike: Innovator, Risk Taker, Pioneer". University of California Santa-Cruz. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  5. ^ Callahan, David (2010). Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780470606544.
  6. ^ "Drummond Pike". Institute for New Economic Thinking. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  7. ^ Internal Revenue Service 990 Forms for Tides Center
  8. ^ Esther Dyson’s Monthly Report, Release 1.0 http://inside.tides.org/uploads/Release1.0article.pdf[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Strom, Stephanie (August 16, 2008). "Head of Foundation Bailed Out Nonprofit Group After Its Funds Were Embezzled". New York Times. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  10. ^ “The Heroes Among Us,” San Francisco Examiner, Nov. 15, 2004.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2009-07-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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