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Chad Bolick, Expert on Strategic Partnerships and Program Development, Selected as Tides Director of Impact and Innovation img-share-ph

October 07, 2011

October 7, 2011   

Contact: Heidi Hernandez Gatty
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Chad Bolick has joined Tides leadership as the new Director of Impact and Innovation, focusing on research, fundraising, and developing strategic partnerships and services to meet shifting needs within the non-profit and philanthropic sectors.  In this new position, Bolick will also direct the work of Tides’ newly created Impact & Innovation department with a focus on developing frameworks for evaluating the impact of Tides’ $150M annual programming.  

Bolick joins Tides having served most recently as the director of global partnership development at BSR, where he designed partnerships among Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), companies, private foundations, and governments at the nexus of international development and business.  

“Chad brings a depth of expertise around partnerships and creative work with global businesses to support social change,” Bradley said.  “His experience will be invaluable as Tides reviews programs and reaches out to the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to continue to provide the most useful platform for efficient and meaningful collaboration.”

Bolick joins the organization in a period of strategic recalibration and growth, with the direction and leadership of Melissa L. Bradley, who assumed leadership of Tides as Chief Executive Officer in November of 2010.  This is one of several new hires that support and enhance the ability of Tides to assess its programs and strategies to increase the organization’s impact.  In the coming weeks, Bradley will continue to bring in new talent like Bolick with the aim of developing new products and services and supporting streamlined operations.  In addition to welcoming new staff, this month Tides opened a new office in Washington, DC, a current hub of activity and key location for driving meaningful social change.

"I am incredibly enthusiastic to be joining Tides at such a pivotal time in its 35-year history,” said Bolick. “Despite strong headwinds facing the nonprofit sector in an era of city, state, and national budget cuts, the value of Tides' programs and services to the nonprofit sector is clear. Innovative collaboration among nonprofits, donors, and government is a part of the solution."

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Tides partners with individuals and institutions to support values-based social change throughout the world. Tides pursues multiple, related strategies to promote this mission. From green nonprofit centers to programmatic consulting, donor advised funds to fiscal sponsorship, grants management to risk management and more, Tides gives members of the nonprofit and philanthropic community freedom to focus on the change it wants to see. For more information on Tides visit