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...


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...


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...


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...


Tides Awards 2013 Pizzigati Prize to Fair Elections Pioneer Micah Altman

Politicians have been gerrymandering legislative districts — and distorting democracy — for almost as long as the United States has been a nation. But average American citizens now have a powerful tool to challenge those distortions, thanks to the talent and vision of the seventh annual winner of the Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest.

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.

Total Portfolio Activation - A Framework for Creating Social and Environmental Impact across Asset Classes

Tides and Trillium Asset Management, LLC (Trillium)  announce today the publication of a new white paper, Total Portfolio Activation - A Framework for Creating Social and Environmental Impact across Asset Classes.

Momentum Mixer: Social Philanthropy Brings Top Social Media Leaders Together to Discuss Social Media and Social Good

This Wednesday, July 18th, top executives from the leading social media firms will come together in downtown San Francisco to discuss how next generation donors are using social media to make an impact and raise funds. Panelists include Ken Weber, Executive Director of, Libby Leffler, Strategic Partnerships Manager at Facebook, Connie Chan Wang, Social Media Marketing Manager at LinkedIN and Manager of LinkedIn for Good, and Ramya Raghaban, News and Politics Manager at YouTube. The discussion will be moderated by John...


Tides Names Nick Hodges COO

Hodges joins Tides to apply donor focus, thought leadership

San Francisco, Ca. – Nick Hodges joins Tides as COO effective Tuesday, July 17th, 2012. Hodges, formerly the Vice President for Philanthropic Services at the San Francisco Foundation, brings a blend of expertise in philanthropy and collaborative leadership across the public and private sectors to the role.

“Nick has a proven track record of innovative and high-functioning leadership,” says Melissa Bradley, Tides CEO. “He brings to Tides a deep...


Race is NOT Just a Number

The Pew Research Center released their report, “The Rise of Asian Americans,” today, June 19, 2012 – the 30th anniversary of the fatal beating of Vincent Chin at the hands of Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz, which led to Chin's death four days later and only a small fine for Ebens and Nitz (neither of whom have spent a single day in jail, for the record).  In some ways, I couldn’t think of a more ironic juxtaposition that highlights that we still live in an age where there is xenophobic fear of an “Asian Invasion”...

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