The 2012 Jane Bagley Lehman Award Ceremony: A Successful Event and Two Phenomenal Awardees

In November 2012, Tides Foundation awarded the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy to Brenda Dardar- Robichaux and Marylee Orr, for their innovative approaches to social change in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy is named after Jane Bagley Lehman, one of the founders of Tides and the Chair of the Board until her death in 1988.

The 2012 JBL Award Ceremony took place at Fairgrinds Coffeehouse in New Orleans...

In Memoriam: Jill Benderly

On January 10th Jill Benderly, one of our nation’s leading activists in the Balkans, passed away after a struggle with colon cancer. A long term partner with Tides through the STAR project, Jill received and administer money granted by Tides to women's groups in the Balkans from 1994 to 2005. Her death leaves a huge hole in the activist community. She will be missed.

Benderly’s accomplishments are many. From 1994 to 2006, Benderly co-directed World Learning’s STAR Network (Strategies, Training, Advocacy and...

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“They are an American people who are geared to what is, and who yet are driven by a sense of what it is possible for human life to be in this society.”

Ralph Ellison April 6, 1970

Oh well it's that time again in the calendar year to take a moment and think about the history of black people in the United States of America.  But this year...I want to pose some questions to you.  What would the United States be today if the history of black people in this country never happened?  What would it mean to be...

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even: Challenge Prosecutors, not Scapegoats

Bigelow and Ortiz are each scapegoats, focal points for debates forced by the failures not of individuals, but of entire institutions.

Two tragic events last Friday have prompted heated debate about torture, secrecy, freedom of information, and prosecutors run amok. But are critics assigning blame where due, or merely where convenient?

And is the convenient option too charitable, letting powerful systems of oppression off the hook in favor of scapegoating only the most visible perpetrators?

First (only...

Women's Community Clinic: An Interview with Carlina Hansen

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The mission of the Women’s Community Clinic is to improve the health and well-being of women and girls within the context of their values:  “We believe preventive, educational care is essential to lifelong health and that all women deserve excellent health care, regardless of their ability to pay and that “We work hard to ensure that each client feels comfortable and safe using her voice to direct the care she receives.”

Each year, the Clinic has expanded the number of patients served or the...

The Center for Care Innovations: An Interview with Jane Stafford

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The Center for Care Innovations (CCI) supports California community health centers that provide care for underserved populations. Offering programs and grants in technology, capacity building, leadership and networking, CCI ensures that community health centers are vital partners in building healthier communities. A joint project of Tides and The California Endowment, CCI launched in 1999 initially as a grant-making program and has since grown into a $113 million program.

Origin Story: Bringing...

Congratulations to Lisa Hall!

Many congratulations to Lisa Hall, Tides board member and CEO of the Calvert Foundation, for her recognition by Good Business New York as one of the Leading Women in 2012. Lisa was recognized for her work with the Calvert Foundation to help improve the lives of women world-wide, and specifically for her stewardship of WIn WIN: The Women Investing in Women Initiative. Excerpts from the Good Business New York Leading Women press release about the award and Lisa's work are below.

About the Good Business New York Leading Women...

Investing for Impact

The term impact investing has been gaining brand value over the past five years. The precursors of community investing and socially responsible investing are ironically being dropped from the conversation as if to imply that impact investing is a brand new phenomenon. While there is innovation inherent in impact investing, it is important to leverage the histories – good and bad – from community development, socially responsible investing, and venture philanthropy in order to support the success, sustainability and...