Tides Awards $10,000 2017 Pizzigati Prize to software developer Taylor Downs

Nonprofit organizations typically use a variety of software systems and tools to advance their missions. Unfortunately, moving essential information between these systems and tools can be a resource-draining — and mission-frustrating — ordeal.

And that’s where Taylor Downs comes in. The 30-year-old has been the founder and core contributor of OpenFn, an innovative software package that teaches technologies to talk to one another.

For this contribution, Downs has become the 11th annual winner of the...

Dear Funders, It’s Not Business as Usual

Co-authored by Jane Leu, Founder/CEO of Smarter Good and Kriss Deiglmeier, CEO of Tides

Dear Funders,

January 2017 is here and the world has returned to work. Typically, this time of year the nonprofit sector shifts into high gear digging into annual action plans, setting up board meeting schedules, and depositing checks written the final days of December. Looking forward with a proactive approach to progress is front and center.

This is not a usual year.

This month a new administration will take...

Tides stands with Standing Rock.

After enduring three seasons of escalating violence with the use of constant ground and air surveillance, arrests and attacks from militarized police and private security contractors armed with water cannons, dogs, tear gas, rubber bullets, sonic weapons and concussion grenades, dedicated peaceful #NoDAPL water protectors remain resilient through sub-zero temperatures at Standing Rock. Tides stands with them.

In October, with an invitation from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and...

From the Golden State to Standing Rock

Shifting from solidarity to joint struggle

For more on Tides engagement with Standing Rock and #NoDAPL, read my colleague Kimberly Middleton’s post, Tides stands with Standing Rock.

Westood next to Dr. Cornell West when the announcement was made. After threatening the Oceti Sakowin camp with eviction, the Army Corp of Engineers experienced a change of heart and denied the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline (“DAPL”). Despite how frosty and cold it was in Standing Rock, where the weather had dipped to single...

Moving Forward Together

Dear friends and partners,

On Tuesday our nation suffered a devastating setback. This election exposed the deep division, rising discontent and anger across our country. We heard a resounding message that the status quo isn’t working for many people.

Amidst the sad outcomes on many of the issues we care about so deeply, there are also a number of bright spots that we must celebrate. We will soon have four women of color in the United States Senate - a number that is too small but still four times more than it is...

The Future of California's Death Penalty

By Kathryn Snyder, Senior Advisor, Tides and The Advocacy Fund

Ricky Jackson is an Ohio man who was exonerated last fall after nearly four decades in prison for a 1975 crime he didn't commit. With 39 years in prison, he's believed to have served the longest time behind bars for someone wrongly incarcerated in the United States.

Ricky Jackson

There are many more like him. Thus far, 156 people have been exonerated.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to repeal the death penalty...

EPIP Positions Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as Mission Critical

by Irini Neofotistos, Advisor, Tides

The 2016 Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy (EPIP) National Conference took place in Baltimore last week. The three-day event was attended by 200 rising leaders that came from around the country to learn, connect and recharge. It is that rare space which encourages authentic conversations.

The majority of the participants were attending for the first time. They left their foundations to connect with peers in the field, network, and build their leadership muscles....

Why Nonprofit Offices Should Include Shared Space: Key Considerations When Your Organization Gets Into Real Estate

By Saul Ettlin, Collaboration + Space Manager, Tides

Your nonprofit organization has reached an exciting turning point: you’re ready to get out of the rental market and build a lasting asset. Organizational leadership has signed off on buying or constructing a building or office space for your organization, and you’re starting to move through the flurry of feasibility studies and financing options. That’s great for your organization, but here’s why you need to include shared space for other organizations as part of...

Strategy Is About Focus and Knowing When to Say No

From the Trenches of a Turnaround

When I started at Tides I was the fourth CEO in four years, many indicators were pointing down, and the organization had just weathered layoffs. I was brought in to restore the organization’s legacy of impact and to clarify our purpose and strategy for the future.

Well-meaning board members, staff, and clients came to me suggesting new tools promising quick fixes to Tides’ troubles. I was bombarded with at least a dozen new approaches to strategy, including the Business Model...

Fighting Hate With Love

Tides statement on the anti-LGBT terrorist shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016

We are stunned and saddened by yesterday’s horrific shooting in Orlando. Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims, family members, friends and communities impacted. We share in the confusion, the shock and the loss, as well as the determination and resolve we have seen growing in the last day and a half.

While we do our best to celebrate love and inclusion and fight for equality and human rights, we profoundly...

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