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Building Capacity by Transforming Grantor/Grantee Relationships

Guest post by Sai Seigel. Sai Seigel was Director of the Bayview Hunters Point Community Fund, a donor-advised fund at Tides Foundation, from 2007-2014. The Bayview Hunters Point Community Fund (The Fund) offers one example of what it looks like when traditional grantor/grantee relationships are changed to foster mutual trust and a more personal relationship. This week, we released a final rep...
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Why Turning Social Innovators into Celebrities is a Bad Idea

by Kriss Deiglmeier A Fallen Star Newsweek’s May 2014 article, “Sex, Slavery and a Slippery Truth,” surfaced numerous inconsistencies and untruths in the personal story of Somaly Mam, tarnished heroine of the global crusade against sex trafficking. Mam’s fall from grace is unfortunate but sadly not a surprise. ...
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Something’s About to Change for LGBTQ Youth Organizations

LGBT Youth Community of Our Providers (CO-OP) launched Wednesday, October 15th. Please Note:  Our original post failed to credit the great work of CenterLink and of YouthLink advocacy network. We apologize for this omission. The CO-OP is intended to be a complement to these efforts. By Yvette Scorse A Guest Post from Safe Spaces Project, a Tides Project ...
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Beyond Ferguson: The New Majority Opportunity by Kathryn Snyder

"This is a defining moment in our country."

Rev. Al Sharpton, at a rally in Ferguson, Missouri

August 17, 2014

Three police killings of unarmed black men have dominated national headlines in just two months. Eric Garner, 43, was killed by an NYPD officer who placed him in an illegal chokehold while questioning him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. In Ohio, an open carry state, John Craw...

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Michael Brown: From Tragic Moment to Triumphant Movement by Toby Thompkins

Like Michael Brown, I have been over 6-feet tall and 300-pounds since I was 18-years-old. I know what it means to be the “Big Black Man” in the wrong place at the wrong time. The tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18-year-old, 6’4, 300-plus-pound, black male exposed America’s deepest fault line. It has raised questions about many complex social problems such as, police ...
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Five Reasons Lava Mae is Unusually Successful

Lava Mae is not typical. It’s a group that has been in operation for only a couple months, but they’ve been written about in newspapers all over the world. Many people want to replicate their system. As a Tides project, we couldn’t be more proud of them. ...
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Spotlight on Maker Ed: Making a Successful Tides Project

There has been a lot of attention on teaching American kids about science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning- attention that goes all the way to the top. President Obama launched an “educate to innovate” campaign to help move American students to the top of the pack in science and math achievement.  And one of Tides' fiscally sponsored projects, Maker Ed, has used thi...
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From San Francisco to the World: Sharing space at Thoreau Center helps EMERGENCY USA provide better medical care internationally

Author: Eric Talbert via Bay Area International Link (BAIL) I began working with EMERGENCY USA in 2011 and when we first opened our office in San Francisco I was very excited. As a member of Tides’ Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio of San Francisco, we were part of an intentional community of over 60 organizations working to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. ...
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The Rest is Up to You: A Tale of Social Justice Parenting

My father came to America in September...
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The troubling state of crime and criminal justice for Latinos in America

Note: This is a guest post from one of Tides' projects, Californians for Safety and Justice, edited for clarity. “Cumulative disadvantage.” That’s the term we used – and troubling discovery we made – in a new report about Latino experiences with crime and the justice system. Latino Voices: The Impact of Crime and Criminal Justice Policies on Latinos reveals th...

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