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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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Tides awards the $10,000 2016 Pizzigati Prize to software developer Cristina Lopes

Public interest computing's highest honor is going to a veteran programmer who's helping nonprofits access the world of 3D virtual reality.

Some software developers are making millions off the new high-tech frontier of virtual reality. Cristina Lopes is making social change.

 

Lopes has been the moving force behind OpenSimulator, the noncommercial software that's opening the 3D virtual world to nonprofits all across the globe.

For that...

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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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Less Talking, More Doing

By Kriss Deiglmeier, CEO, Tides

Amanda Greco contributed to and edited this piece, a true partner

Recognizing an Uneasy Reality

I started the year by reminding the Tides team of our vision: a world of shared prosperity and social justice. In the process of aligning our 2016 commitments to that end, we surfaced an uneasy reality. It was only January, and our calendars for the year were already crowded.

We were inundated with events and invitations, bombarded...

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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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An Election Season Reminder from The Advocacy Fund

It may be hard to believe, but it's nearly 2016 and election season is just around the corner. As you know, 501(c)(3) public charities cannot engage in partisan political activity, but that doesn't mean your organization should be deterred from being a strong advocate for your issues in an election year. 501(c)(3)'s can criticize an incumbent legislator for a bad vote on its issues, conduct nonpartisan voter registration drives, and nonpartisan Get Out the Vote activity. Also, don't forget that advocating for or against ballot...

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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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Currents with Kriss: The Community Costs of Business Isolation

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

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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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2014 Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award Winners Announced

The Colin Higgins Foundation recently announced its 14th Annual Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award winners who are being recognized for their extraordinary personal leadership and advocacy on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

HIV/AIDS Activist Jacques Agbobly, 16, of Chicago, IL

Transgender Rights Leader Ashton Lee, 17, of Manteca, CA

Media Advocate Edidiong “Didi” Adiakpan, 19, of San Antonio, TX

“The legacy of our...

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