Giving ‘til It Heals – Won’t You Be A High Impact Contributor?

It is clear that the challenges facing poor communities at home and abroad are formidable, but the strategies for success are within reach. Tides has long recognized a visionary approach to philanthropy. What is often missing is an intimate understanding of the motivations of donors and the means to turn philanthropic intention to strategic and sustainable community support. This year alone Tides has already launched two impact focused initiatives – Civic Participation Fund and (Ad)venture Philanthropy. Our goal is to...

Can America Spare Some Social Change?

What the ‘Bush Tax Cuts’ Mean for Communities of Color.

I live in Kingsbridge Heights, a working class residential neighborhood located in the northwest Bronx of New York City. Kingsbridge Heights has a population of 35,000, with a high concentration of Dominicans, especially in the southern and central section of the neighborhood.  In these two areas over 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.  But, if you ask any low-income resident New Yorker, Kingsbridge Heights is considered a high-end...

Super Poderosas: Powerpuff Women

After my father’s sudden passing when my mother was just 24, she decided to emigrate from the Dominican Republic to the United States, in search of a more promising future – for both of us.  Although my mother had led a seemingly productive life in Santo Domingo, studying secretarial/office skills at night and working during the day, opportunities for economic advancement in our country, especially for widowed women with children, were scarce. After arriving in this country, however, she quickly discovered that her limited...