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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: Tides is a values-based, social change platform that leverages individual and institutional leadership and investment to positively impact local and global communities.

Geographic areas served: United States and International

Programs: Tides foundation makes grants for charitable purposes. The core activity is operating donor advised, collective action, and other grantmaking funds. Tides foundation distributes the funds it receives from individuals and institutions, and grants are awarded to eligible domestic and qualified foreign charitable organizations for philanthropic purposes. Tides foundation also provides philanthropic support and creates opportunities for learning, and building community among donors and grantees. Our areas of focus are education, environment and equity as seen by our support in the areas of health services and reform, civil rights and liberties, international development and relief services,environment, media, hiv/aids, human rights, and youth development and organizing.

tides foundation also provides administrative and support services to other nonprofit organizations including supporting organizations. Tides foundation works with these organizations to increase their ability to provide financial and programmatic support in areas consistent with tides foundation's mission.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

When I learned that the Tides Foundation used a Donor Advised Fund to transfer $2 million from Google to the Wikimedia Foundation, I was dismayed. The Wikimedia Foundation just pulled in 5 times what they need to safely operate and fulfill their mission, and now Google is going to heap another $2 million on the organization that lies about who its founder is and deflects and covers up criticism about how money was being handled when it came to $1300 steak dinners, $200 bottles of wine, and even Moscow massage parlor tabs. So now the Tides Foundation is aligned with Google (the National Security Agency's tech partner) and with the Wikimedia Foundation (the home of child pornography advocates). What impression can I possibly take away, other than a bad one? This was a BAD DECISION, Tides Foundation.


Client Served

Rating: 2

From the beginning, Tides Foundation staff has been flaky and unprofessional. I just spoke with someone who sounded completely bored and inexperienced over the phone. I have been waiting for a response to my question for over a week. Any time I have needed assistance from someone at Tides Foundation over the past year, I have had to call or email multiple times to get any response. The services they provide are helpful, but their customer service is horrible. They need to do some serious customer service training.


Client Served

Rating: 3

Tides was a great help as I started GMT. The organization provided us with HR, accounting and legal help. Our major donors knew that the operations end of our project was going to meet their expectations for fiscal management and legal compliance. By outsourcing the work to Tides, I was able to focus more on the project and creating social impact. As we got bigger, some of the accounting and other bumps and DC office management complicated the relationship but overall Tides provides an invaluable service.