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Impact Investing

The Impact of Equity Engagement: Evaluating the Impact of Shareholder Engagement in Public Equity Investing

IE2 ReportBuilding upon the insights of Total Portfolio Activation, the Impact of Equity Engagement (IE2) initiative seeks to deepen our understanding of the nature of impact in one specific asset class - public equities - where investors' engagement activities have generated meaningful social and environmental impacts. 

Total Portfolio Activation: A Framework for Creating Social and Environmental Impact across Asset Classes
Interest in investment that pursues social and environmental impact has exploded in recent years. Although opportunities for impact investing have emerged across asset classes, most impact-investment activity has remained largely confined to a limited array of private investments, touching only a small percentage of investor portfolios. For organizations and individuals seeking greater impact and better alignment between their investment activities and their mission or values, there remains a pressing need for tools to help investors identify and seize opportunities to activate more of their assets for social and environmental benefit. To help fill this gap, this paper introduces a simple conceptual framework: Total Portfolio Activation.

Ultimate Impact: Unifying an Investment Portfolio with a Donor Advised Fund
Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) have grown in use over recent decades, serving as the core philanthropic vehicle for community and public foundations and, more recently, being offered through commercial investment firms as a philanthropic option for clients. When linked with an impact investing strategy, the DAF may serve as a unique, focused asset management vehicle for creating a unified portfolio generating financial performance with social and environmental impacts.

Assessing Social Impacts of Investments: Developing Effective Evaluation Systems to Measure Social Returns
While the details of the evaluation systems and processes will vary by program and desired impact, these guidelines have broad applications for any kind of evaluation.

Fact Sheets

Tides Fact Sheet: HIV/AIDS
Information on Tides work in the areas of HIV/AIDS funding, prevention, and advocacy.

Shared Spaces & Services

NEW: Measuring Collaborations: The Benefits and Impacts of Nonprofit Centers (2011)
Download the executive summary for the first study to measure the economic, environmental, and...
Shared Services Benchmarking Study (2009)
Best Practices for Network Shared Service Models. This study looks into networked shared service models, that is, shared service models run by a business or organization to serve internal business units in order to run the whole organization more effectively. 
Planting a Seed: Foundations Build Communities with Shared Nonprofit Workspace
An inspirational and practical tool for foundations interested in using their own headquarters or investing in nonprofit building projects to promote healthy, vibrant communities. 
Planning construction for a green new or renovated building?
Download our LEEDS sheet to help guide your green building construction. 
Information Sheet: Why Create Multi-Tenant Nonprofit Centers
An overview on the demand for Multi-Tenant Nonprofit Center creation, including a look at ongoing challenges and emerging opportunities for nonprofit organizations. 
37 Easy Things You Can Do To Make Your Office Greener
Green Sheets from our program, The NonprofitCenters Network, give great tips on how to make your office greener. 
Checklist For Environmentally Responsible Design And Construction
Green Sheets from our program, The NonprofitCenters Network, give great tips on how to apply sustainable design to new and existing buildings. 

Related Publications

Annual Reports

  • Tides Foundation 2006
    30 years into the journey: 7 Strategic Principles for a truly progressive vision providing maximum benefit for the greatest number of constituents.
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  • Tides Foundation 2004-2005
    Connecting the dots through cross-issue collaboration and grantmaking demands the best of our abilities as activists and as philanthropists.
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  • Tides Foundation 2001-2002
    Grassroots globalists are gathering around principles of equity, peace, sustainability and the protection of human rights and dignity.
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  • Tides Foundation 1976-2000
    25 Years of Bringing People Together for Positive Social Change: Tides is a collection of partnerships. Without donors or grantees, nothing happens.
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Media Contacts

For all media inquiries and interview requests regarding Tides, please contact Kim Sarnecki by telephone: 415-561-6363.

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