Ellen Friedman Says Farewell

After 24 amazing years of innovative partnerships, working with the world's most cutting edge organizations and watching the organization grow from a handful of people in a downtown office to a 125 person thriving enterprise, today, June 30, 2010 is my last day at Tides.  I am leaving Tides to assume the position of Executive Director of the Compton Foundation (www.comptonfoundation.org). While I am thrilled to be joining a foundation with a deep commitment to social justice and equity, leaving Tides was not a decision I...

Media Misinformation Impacts Entire Progressive Agenda

In the rich and varied landscape of important issues about which progressives care, there are many that currently stand out in the news:  drilling, immigration reform, and foreign policy are just a few. One issue that has become a constant backdrop for all the others is misinformation in the media—and it doesn't get the attention it deserves.  While some of you may know a lot about this topic and stay up to date on what right wing media is doing, many of you may have less information. We at Tides do not profess to be experts...

Immigration is an American Value

On its face it seems so sane and simple: a new Arizona law that "requires local police to enforce federal immigration regulations." What is wrong with that? Enforcing existing regulations is a good thing, right? Except that it is not for the states to enforce federal regulations. So what are the federal regulations in question? What is the purpose of immigration policy? And what is the issue Arizona is actually trying to address with its state law?

I have spent no small amount of time over the last few weeks trying...

Making the Case for Integration: The Tides Africa Fund Approach

Why not integrate separate models of care if it could mean better health for clients and their families? That is the essential question that drives the work of our Africa Family Planning and HIV Integration Fund, or Tides Africa Fund. With support from the Hewlett Foundation, the fund dispersed grants totaling $1.3 million in 2008–2009 to pioneer integrated care efforts in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

A new report about the fund, Making the Case for Integration, documents this holistic approach and has...