August 26, 2008 - Tides is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Andrea Kydd on August 11, 2008. Andrea served on the Tides Foundation board of directors beginning in 1989 until 2002, and she chaired the board from 1996 to 2002. She was also an organizer with the Welfare Rights Organization, she worked at ACTION, led the Youth Project, and worked for 15 years as a program director at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. She will be remembered at Tides for her sharp wit, her searing mind, her clarity of vision, and her deep and unwavering commitment to social justice. Her impact is also felt through her mentoring of numerous young people working in the nonprofit field, her careful advice to organizations, her tireless review of proposals, memos, and strategy papers. The imprint of her dedication and hard work is still felt at Tides. Andrea's belief in the Tides mission to make the world a better place inspired and enriched us and it is with deep respect that we celebrate her life.
"Andrea was a truly remarkable individual," said Quinn Delaney, Tides board member. "What I found most remarkable about her was the genuine respect she had for each person and for people who were brave enough to fight for truth to power. Her work on the Tides' board had a significant impact in shaping the organization, and we will miss her wisdom and candid commentary."
Donations in Andrea's honor may be sent to the Applied Research Center for her organization, "Nina's Place." To read Andrea's vision, please visit the website http://www.arc.org/content/view/534. Applied Research Center, 32 Broadway, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10004, Attn: Rinku Sen.