Tides is a philanthropic partner and nonprofit accelerator dedicated to building a world of shared prosperity and social justice. Tides works at the nexus of funders, changemakers, and policy, with extensive impact solutions, including philanthropic giving and grant making, impact investing, fiscal sponsorship for social ventures, collaborative workspaces, and policy initiatives. Tides’ extensive tools and know-how give their partners the freedom to hit the ground running and drive change faster than they can on their own. For more information, please visit www.tides.org.
In 2020, Tides granted over $665 million to nonprofits nationwide and in over 110 countries. In addition, Tides is currently home to more than 170 social ventures operating in over 25 states. Tides’ San Francisco and New York collaborative spaces, Tides Converge, include more than 150,000 square feet of space, and are home to 80-plus social impact providers.
Tides envisions a world of shared prosperity and social justice founded on equality and human rights; a sustainable environment; healthy individuals and communities; and quality education for all.
Tides accelerates the pace of social change, working with innovative partners to solve society’s toughest problems.
The Approach & Tides Programs
- Cross boundaries and link sectors, communities, and cultures.
- Act with empathy and respect.
- Engage with those whose lives are affected.
- Embrace risk.
- Prioritize ideas that can scale.
Here are the services through which Tides pursues its mission:
- Charitable Giving, Grantmaking, and Advising
Tides designs and implements philanthropic programs to help donors, institutions, and corporations achieve meaningful results and streamline the process for both grantees and funders. Tides provides donor advised funds (see below), collective action funds, and many other charitable giving vehicles that support donors in driving impact.
- Donor Advised Funds
Tides provides grantmaking through donor advised funds, which gives donors additional options for anonymity, privacy, investment in socially responsible funds, charitable grants to for-profit entities, and much more. Grants from Tides’ donor advised funds aren’t limited to 501(c)(3) organizations. Tides can direct funds to support charitable activities of 501(c)(4) organizations, social enterprises, international NGOs, and mission-related investments. As a mission-driven public foundation, Tides has launched numerous grantmaking initiatives focused on accelerating social change in areas from racial justice and democracy to climate and pandemic response.
- Social Ventures: Fiscal Sponsorship & Management Services
Tides provides sophisticated fiscal sponsorship and related management services so leaders can focus on their missions. Backbone services and expertise are available in areas such as financial management, legal compliance, grants management, human resources, payroll, and benefits.
- Collaborative Space
Tides’ multi-tenant centers in San Francisco and New York City offer high quality environments for social ventures, nonprofits, and innovators to work, learn, and grow together, amplifying their efforts to solve our world’s most complex social and environmental problems.
- Social Impact Consulting
Tides offers highly customized expertise to meet each client’s needs in pursuit of social impact. Tides can assist in designing philanthropic giving programs, managing grant application processes, structuring charitable investments in innovative social ventures, and much more.
- Impact Investing
Tides offers partners a robust set of socially responsible investment options, such as socially screened funds, mission-related investments (MRIs), fossil fuel-free funds, and high-growth, venture-backed funds, making it easy for clients to align their investments with their impact goals.
- The Advocacy Fund
Tides’ Advocacy Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, provides a unique opportunity for organizations, initiatives, and grantmakers to lobby for a cause, give money to an advocacy group, or impact legislative activity to advance their missions.
Tides 2020 Financial Summary
Tides reached a celebratory milestone in 2020 with consolidated operating revenue of $1.3B (88% over 2019) and a net surplus of $596M. Grantmaking reached $665M. Assets Under Management (AUM) reached $1B+ at the end of December, a $461M increase from December 2019. The general fund added $21.8M to Tides’ surplus which stood at $55M at the end of 2020.
For 2021, revenue is trending slightly ahead of 2020 with increasing fees, indicative of further growth in Social Ventures. Expectations are for revenue in the $1.5B range as Tides expands staffing levels to meet this newly established threshold and increasing activity with Social Ventures.
In 1976, social entrepreneur Drummond Pike created Tides Foundation in response to a growing need for guiding philanthropic giving and encouraging entrepreneurial spirit in the nonprofit sector. In the decades that followed, Tides expanded its fields of expertise and solidified its role as a values-based infrastructure service for progressive nonprofit work.
In the late 1970s, Tides Foundation founded a Projects Program that nurtured new nonprofit activities. It was incorporated as Tides Center in 1996 and continues to provide fiscal sponsorship to hundreds of groups nationwide. In the 1990s, Tides opened its first collaborative workspace in San Francisco, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, which guided its real estate-based endeavors in service of affordable nonprofit offices throughout the 2000s. Tides now operates shared spaces in San Francisco and New York under the name Tides Converge.
Today, Tides is one of the leading social sector organizations in the United States. Tides has managed project and grantmaking activities totaling more than $3 billion since 1976. We have sponsored and provided backbone services to more than 1400 social ventures and fueled social change in more than 120 countries.
We owe this success to Tides’ history. For 45 years, Tides has been behind initiatives that broke barriers and created a pathway for progress in both social and racial justice. Among them:
- 1997: Syringe exchange HIV Prevention funding: At a time when there was a deep stigma surrounding both the LGBTQ+ community and HIV, Tides was among the leading funders of syringe exchange HIV prevention work, granting more than $13 million to support this proven prevention methodology. As an early funder of needle exchange programs, Tides functioned as a facilitator by supporting dozens of grassroots groups in both urban and rural communities devastated by the epidemic.
- 2000: Bridging the Economic Divide Fund: Through long-term donor investment, the national initiative supported those most affected by poverty and built strategic alliances among community, labor, and faith-based groups. For millions of people in the 1990s, the past decade was a time of declining wages, declining opportunity, less affordable housing, reduced access to health care and one of the greatest increases of economic disparity in this nation’s history. Tides launched the Bridging the Economic Divide Initiative as a response to these inequities.
- 2008: Catalyst Fund: The first and only national fund at the time dedicated to supporting women of color-led efforts to advance reproductive justice, LGBT rights, immigrant rights, environmental justice, ending violence against women, HIV prevention, and more. Tides became the home for the Catalyst Fund, which provided matching grants to women’s funds and community foundations across the nation that, in turn, support local women of color-led organizations.
- 2014: Supported the passage of CA Proposition 47: A ballot initiative that changed low-level nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors. Tides became a partner and fiscal sponsor of Californians for Safety and Justice, a coalition focused on reforming mass incarceration practices. In 2014, CSJ went to the ballot to spur policy efforts to de-crowd prisons. With the help of Tides’ 501(c)(4) sister organization, The Advocacy Fund, The Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund was created to sponsor Proposition 47.
Tides has continued this legacy, most recently through its partnership with Black Lives Matter and the launch of the Black Lives Matter Support Fund, and the Stronger Together Fund in response to COVID-19. Tides has consistently shown its commitment to supporting initiatives rooted in social and racial justice, positioning the organization well for its next evolution as current leadership looks to strengthen and deepen its role as a leader in these issues. In some cases, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Tides supports human rights on both sides of the issue.
Janiece Evans-Page was hired as the CEO in January 2021. Her lifelong passion for social and racial justice and her track record of transformational leadership make her the perfect choice to lead Tides in partnership with the members of the executive team and the board of directors.
Tides is comprised of seven legal entities:
Incorporated August 2006
Management activities to support Tides Foundation, Tides Center, and Tides Inc.
Incorporated June 1976
Donor services for institutions, corporations and individuals
Incorporated May 1994
Incorporated November 2002
Services for nonprofit space at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability SF
Tides Two Rivers Fund
Incorporated April 2003
Operated and controlled by Tides Foundation and Tides Center
|Tides Real Estate|
Incorporated April 2019
Real estate donations to Tides Foundation
Incorporated March 1992
Promoting social welfare through advocacy
Board of Directors
Tides Network currently has a single governing body of 15 Board Directors, and Tides plans to expand the Board to 17 members over the next year. This is an opportunity for engaged and committed candidates to play a Board leadership role in defining strategic direction and evolution of a large social and justice-focused organization.
Duties & Responsibilities of a Board Member
Tides Board members are the guardians of the organization’s mission and resources, bringing to the organization a variety of skills, knowledge, experience, and perspectives. They are tasked with guiding the organization’s mission through policy development and oversight, serving as a resource on Board committees and acting as ambassadors for Tides and the interests of its supporters.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Attendance at Tides’ Board meetings annually; pre-pandemic we typically had one in San Francisco, one in New York, and one virtual. This will most likely evolve and is still under review.
- Active participation on at least one Tides Network subsidiary Board. These include the Tides Foundation and The Tides Center. In addition, each Board member is expected to serve on at least one standing committee – currently, these include the Executive, Financial Capital, Audit, External Relations, and Human Capital, which typically meet two to three times per year by Zoom.
- Contributing to Tides is an expectation of Board service. Board members are expected to make meaningful personal contribution/gift to Tides, as well as inspire others to support Tides – especially those within their circle of influence.
After an orientation and the assignment of a mentor Board member, newly elected Directors serve an initial three-year term. Directors may then serve up to two (2) additional three-year terms.
Tides is seeking a diverse group of qualified and experienced professionals with a variety of skills, experience, and perspectives to steward the continued growth, impact, and sustainability of the organization. Activism, grassroots/movement building, and/or social justice backgrounds are of particular interest. We also welcome candidates with other critical business skills, e.g., Legal (including risk oversight and nonprofit organizational compliance), Socially responsible real estate development, People/Human Resources skills, in particular around employment law and labor relations.
Tides is also prioritizing BIPOC candidates and gender diversity. A plethora of executive and entrepreneurial experiences are welcomed, e.g., family foundation, executive, entrepreneur/founder, corporate executive, civic leader, educator, public official and/or other professional of stature with strong links to a broad and expansive network. We are particularly interested in broadening Tides’ geographic diversity with board members from the East Coast, Mid-Western or Southern areas of the U.S., or global/international. Executive or Board Member Experience with a not-for-profit institution and a track record of effective participation is a must.
Candidates must have a compelling interest in the vision, mission, and approach of Tides. The skills to make meaningful contributions to an organization at times of growth and change are a must. Individuals who thrive within organizations or on boards during times of strategic transition will find this an exciting opportunity to lead and add value in a measurable way.
Tides’ mission also demands a clear and consistent commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). We seek to ensure this is evident throughout Tides, from our organizational structure, policies and practices to our Board of Directors, staff and partners. The Tides Board is passionate about daring change to create structural equality. We are looking for candidates with a deep and abiding commitment to JEDI at Tides – a commitment that flows directly from our mission and working together to solve the world’s toughest problems.
Openness to innovation and a willingness to embrace change is important. Belief in community and strengthening people’s ability to achieve their individual and collective goals are core to Tides’ mission. Accountability, creativity, empowerment, respect, collaboration, and transparency are highly valued, and the humility to learn from others and continually improve performance are deep-seated cultural values that we are seeking in a successful candidate. And we welcome candidates with the ability to smile and have fun!
This opportunity is a meaningful and rewarding leadership challenge with an organization that has been in the forefront of social change for 45 years. It is a chance to be part of building the future of a philanthropic partner and nonprofit accelerator that aims to be a groundbreaking leader and innovator in the field of social justice for decades to come.
Please submit cover letter and résumé as attachments via e-mail to:
Joe McCormack, Founding Partner
McCormack + Kristel
1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 110-202
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Phone: 323.549.9200 | Fax: 323.549.9222
All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Please note that your education, dates of employment and other information will be verified prior to an offer.
Tides is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Also pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we encourage and will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.