Facebook's IPO: Social Network, Meet Social Innovation

Facebook’s initial public offering (IPO)—and the wealth it will soon produce—has been generating considerable buzz among the diverse individuals, organizations, and investors who helped make the company such an extraordinary success. While the coming IPO will no doubt result in short-lived pursuits, the most compelling and hopeful outcome will also endure: social change powered by a new crop of emerging philanthropists.

While capitalism’s financial underbelly has been on full display in recent years, the tradition...

Knowing What You Don't Know: A Case Study in Flexible Leadership

Editor's Note: This post comes from Linda Wood, Senior Director of Leadership and Grantmaking at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.

The Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Flexible Leadership Awards (FLA) Program, a Tides Center project, recently released a video case study of our work with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The video highlights the importance—and the impact—of investing in social justice leadership.

The video tells the story of how NCLR, in a very short time, grew from a...

Why You Need an Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Tides CEO Melissa Bradley participated in a January advisory board meeting of Dell’s recently established Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program. Led by clean energy entrepreneur Ingrid Vanderveldt, the EIR concept has created a corporate innovation shop inside Dell to foster creativity and new ideas. The concept is distinct from traditional R&D as it focuses on vetting new ideas with a panel of serial entrepreneurs. On top of the creative passion Ingrid brings to Dell, the EIR Advisory Board serves as an entrepreneurial...

Tides Applauds Cecilia Muñoz's appointment as Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Tides congratulates civil rights and immigrants' rights advocate Cecilia Muñoz on being named the new White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council by President Obama. This historic announcement marks Muñoz as the first Latina in the position, as well as the highest ranking Latina in the White House.

"I am delighted that President Obama has appointed such a talented and tireless community advocate to this post," said Tides CEO Melissa L. Bradley. "Cecilia Muñoz represents the new emerging majority in...

New Year, New Tides

Happy New Year! We are so excited to kick off this year with new and exciting programs and initiatives aimed at better supporting our clients, partners and the field.

Last year Tides spent a great deal of time revising internal systems to support organizational sustainability and improve service delivery to our partners and clients. This year we are poised to continue to offer our current services to donors and activists as well as explore new opportunities to support positive social change.

For donors, we...