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 to share what we learned about capacity building over our 13 year initiative, during which we provided...


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...


Something’s About to Change for LGBTQ Youth Organizations

LGBT Youth Community of Our Providers (CO-OP) launched Wednesday, October 15th.

Please Note:  Our original post failed to credit the great work of CenterLink and of YouthLink advocacy network. We apologize for this omission. The CO-OP is intended to be a complement to these efforts.

By Yvette Scorse

A Guest Post from Safe Spaces Project, a Tides Project

More than 800 community groups and nonprofits in the U.S. provide services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)...


Beyond Ferguson: The New Majority Opportunity by Kathryn Snyder

"This is a defining moment in our country."

Rev. Al Sharpton, at a rally in Ferguson, Missouri

August 17, 2014


Michael Brown: From Tragic Moment to Triumphant Movement by Toby Thompkins

Like Michael Brown, I have been over 6-feet tall and 300-pounds since I was 18-years-old. I know what it means to be the “Big Black Man” in the wrong place at the wrong time. The tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18-year-old, 6’4, 300-plus-pound, black male exposed America’s deepest fault line. It has raised questions about many complex social problems such as, police militarization and white anxiety. Michael’s death fractured a commonly held belief that America strives to be a just and fair society that...


Five Reasons Lava Mae is Unusually Successful

Lava Mae is not typical. It’s a group that has been in operation for only a couple months, but they’ve been written about in newspapers all over the world. Many people want to replicate their system. As a Tides project, we couldn’t be more proud of them.

What they’re doing is very simple. They’re providing mobile showers and bathrooms for homeless people around San Francisco. Many homeless service organizations have been forced out of this city, and yet Doniece Sandoval and her team are changing the...


Spotlight on Maker Ed: Making a Successful Tides Project

There has been a lot of attention on teaching American kids about science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning- attention that goes all the way to the top. President Obama launched an “educate to innovate” campaign to help move American students to the top of the pack in science and math achievement.  And one of Tides' fiscally sponsored projects, Maker Ed, has used this momentum to make significant gains in just two short years.

Let's have them tell their story:

In May 2012, with the...


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...


The Rest is Up to You: A Tale of Social Justice Parenting

My father came to America in September 1966; my mother came to America in December 1966, and each one from a different country.

They were taking citizenship classes offered at Abraham Lincoln High School in the Sunset District of San Francisco.  On a rainy day, my father offered my mother a ride home and thus was the start of their relationship.  I wouldn’t be born until 1974, but the awareness of social justice and basic human rights was born into me long before I came into the world.



Currents with Kriss: The Community Costs of Business Isolation

Currents with Kriss is a regular column by Tides CEO Kriss Deiglmeier.


San Francisco is abuzz with debate about the responsibility tech companies have to the cities where their workers live and the cities in which they operate. The visible culprit, provoking a wave of public protest, is private shuttling of employees at the Bay Area’s lead tech companies to and from San Francisco and Silicon Valley, in luxury buses that pick up workers at public bus stops along the city’s main...

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