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Why companies should commit to charitable giving before generating a profit

By J. Alexander Sloan, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Tides

Hey startup CEOs! Now is the time to invest in the culture of your new enterprise and in your community. Having a positive social impact is a new minimum standard for businesses – as essential as creating products people want.

One company knew that it was not only possible but also necessary to give back before they were even breaking even – Rally Software.

In 2003, ten years before it went public, Rally Software allocated...

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Pledge 1% joins Tides as a special strategic initiative to expand global reach

Pledge 1% Also Announces Amy Lesnick as Chief Executive and President to Grow and Scale Corporate Philanthropy Movement

San Francisco, April 11, 2016—Pledge 1%, a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business, today announced that Amy Lesnick has joined the organization as its first chief executive and president. Pledge 1% also announced today that it has joined Tides as a special strategic initiative to expand...

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Investing in Shared Space for Nonprofits Needs to be a Priority

Nonprofit displacement is a big part of today’s real estate crunch.

By Saul Ettlin and Kim Sarnecki

Want to join the conversation? View this article on Medium.

In a time when nonprofits in cities like San Francisco, New York, Denver and Vancouver are being pushed out because of rent increases of up to 50%, investing in social purpose real estate, in the form of shared spaces for nonprofits, needs to be bumped up the capacity-building funding food chain. This week, Northern California Grantmakers, the San...

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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 remembers Hank Williams, a leader for diversity in tech

written by Irini Neofotistos, Advisor, Tides

Hank Williams was the director of Platform, a Tides project focused on increasing the interest, participation, and success of those underrepresented in the innovation economy — with a particular focus on connecting and increasing the numbers of Black, Latino and women tech innovators. Hank passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at age 50.

Henry “Hank” Williams was a tech entrepreneur and pioneer technologist, who described himself as an “odd ball” in...

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Big Data in the Social Sector: Promises and Pitfalls

By Kriss Deiglmeier

Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, so much that ninety percent of the world’s data has been created in just the last two years. But data is only valuable if you can do something with it. And, like any tool, data can be used for good or bad.

Making data-informed decisions is nothing new. But the scale of today’s data ecosystem challenges us to think creatively about new ways data can inform our work, policies, and programs. I’m writing to highlight a couple examples that...

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Move Over TED, Here Comes Serial

Move Over TED, Here Comes Serial: A Podcast Blockbuster and Why it Matters

by Kriss Deiglmeier

If you were not one of the millions of listeners raptly following the “Serial” podcast series last fall, you need to know what it was all about.  If you were, like me, addicted to producer Sarah Koenig’s riveting investigation of a 1999 high school murder case in Baltimore and the conviction of victim Hae Min Lee’s ex-boyfriend Adnan Sayed, you’ll agree that the podcast series has powerful implications for how...

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Poor People Are Not Your Guinea Pigs: The Dark Side of Design Thinking Education

By Kriss Deiglmeier

Introduction

Design thinking is hot.  This methodology for human-centered innovation has changed the world as we know it, shaping the forms and functions of everything from the toothbrushes on our countertops to mobile banking in developing economies. It’s an approach that puts the user front and center, and is a positive force in the way things are created and systems are designed.

But using vulnerable or underserved people as guinea pigs for design thinking education is not.  In...

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Building Capacity by Transforming Grantor/Grantee Relationships

Guest post by Sai Seigel. Sai Seigel was Director of the Bayview Hunters Point Community Fund, a donor-advised fund at Tides Foundation, from 2007-2014.

The Bayview Hunters Point Community Fund (The Fund) offers one example of what it looks like when traditional grantor/grantee relationships are changed to foster mutual trust and a more personal relationship. This week, we released a final report (at www.bayviewfund.org) to share what we learned about capacity building over our 13 year initiative, during which we provided...

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Why Turning Social Innovators into Celebrities is a Bad Idea

by Kriss Deiglmeier

A Fallen Star

Newsweek’s May 2014 article, “Sex, Slavery and a Slippery Truth,” surfaced numerous inconsistencies and untruths in the personal story of Somaly Mam, tarnished heroine of the global crusade against sex trafficking. Mam’s fall from grace is unfortunate but sadly not a surprise.

We are a funny lot when it comes to social change. On one hand, we rally to provide food and funding following devastation by hurricanes, riots in Ferguson and thousands of children flocking to...

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