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Introducing Leena Barakat, Strategic Partnerships Advisor

Tides was lucky to welcome Leena Barakat to our Strategic Partnerships team in October. Her background in human rights issues and social enterprises makes her uniquely able to identify opportunities for Tides to build new relationships that accelerate the pace of social change.

Where are you from?

I’m originally Palestinian, but born and raised in Southern California.

What do you do here at Tides?

I work on the Strategic Partnerships team, which sources new donors...

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Tides awards the $10,000 2015 Pizzigati Prize to software developer Vishwas Babu

Public-interest computing’s highest honor is going to a programmer who’s helping nonprofits worldwide deliver quality financial services to the poor and unbanked. San Francisco, February 19, 2015 — In today’s staggeringly unequal world, the global charity Oxfam recently detailed, 80 enormously rich individuals hold as much wealth as our planet’s poorest 3.5 billion people. Amid this deeply rooted inequality, few commercial financial institutions have shown much interest in serving people of meager means. But ...
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From San Francisco to the World: Sharing space at Thoreau Center helps EMERGENCY USA provide better medical care internationally

Author: Eric Talbert via Bay Area International Link (BAIL)

I began working with EMERGENCY USA in 2011 and when we first opened our office in San Francisco I was very excited. As a member of Tides’ Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio of San Francisco, we were part of an intentional community of over 60 organizations working to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. EMERGENCY USA is the San Francisco-based office of the international humanitarian organization EMERGENCY, which was founded in 1994 in...

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

I was too young to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to understand how the presence of one person’s life on this planet can change the very nature of humanity. For me, that understanding came through the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 1918-2013.  He was what I think of as a “beautiful leader.”
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UN’s new treaty on mercury: A breakthrough opportunity for reduction of mercury globally

In January, representatives from more than 140 nations met in Geneva and approved a new treaty to reduce the use and release of mercury worldwide and minimize its effects on people all over the world.  Yet the need for tighter regulations on mercury have been on the civil society agenda of social and environmental organisations for a long time.
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Stop Global Warming: An Interview with Dawn Woollen

The Stop Global Warming Virtual March, initiated in 2005, is a non-partisan effort to bring citizens together to declare that global warming is here now and that it is time to demand solutions. We are all contributors to global warming and must all be part of the solution.
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Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn Announce Half the Sky Movement: The Game to Help Empower Women and Girls Around the World

Pulitzer-Prize winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn announced this morning the March 4th launch of the latest installment of the Half the Sky Movement: a web-based game. Half the Sky Movement: The Game is a game-based adventure that aims to reach mainstream audiences to raise awareness and donations to empower women and girls around the world.
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In Memoriam: Jill Benderly

On January 10th Jill Benderly, one of our nation’s leading activists in the Baltic region, passed away after a struggle with colon cancer. Benderly was a beloved employee of Tides in the early 90’s and an instrumental part of the team that has developed Tides into the organization it is today. Her death leaves a huge hole in the activist community. She will be missed.
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Don’t Get Mad, Get Even: Challenge Prosecutors, not Scapegoats

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 because it’s an anniversary and was therefore predictable) was the 11th year of military detention at Guantánamo Bay, where prisoners under US control have endured torture–and in some cases, been murdered in custody while their deaths have been presented in public as suicides.
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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.

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