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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...

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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

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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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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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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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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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The Talent Agenda

Nonprofits employ 13.5 million people, making the sector the third-largest private workforce in the United States. During the recession, jobs at nonprofits grew by 2% while for-profit jobs declined by 4%. And nonprofits are still hiring. As we grow, nonprofits face increasingly complex management environments and endure ongoing pressure to provide more services to communities in the face of budget cuts.
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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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The Center for Care Innovations: An Interview with Jane Stafford

The Center for Care Innovations (CCI) supports California community health centers that provide care for underserved populations. Offering programs and grants in technology, capacity building, leadership and networking, CCI ensures that community health centers are vital partners in building healthier communities. A joint project of Tides and The California Endowment, CCI launched in 1999 initially as a grant-making program and has since grown into a $113 million program.
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Budget Breakthroughs: Nonprofit Strategies for Resolving a Funding Crisis

When faced with a funding crisis, you might panic, or ignore it. You might blame others, yourself, or the economy. You might throw yourself into organizing a big event or apply for every grant possible.

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