Bringing Bold Ideas to Life
Tides’ vision of a world of shared prosperity and social justice is founded on equality and human rights; a sustainable environment; healthy individuals and communities; and quality education. We work at the nexus of funders, changemakers and policy, bringing together a large and diverse coalition of mission aligned actors to amplify our power to scale positive impact.
Tides’ impact solutions include philanthropic giving and grantmaking, impact investing, fiscal sponsorship and acceleration services for social ventures, collaborative workspaces, collective initiatives, and advocacy services for policy change. Our extensive tools and know-how give our partners the freedom to hit the ground running and drive change faster than they can on their own.
Our StoryView Our History
In 1976, social entrepreneur Drummond Pike saw a need for more guidance in philanthropic giving. He founded Tides Foundation in response, creating an organization that is now one of the top social sector organizations in the United States. Tides has expanded its fields of expertise over more than four decades: nurturing new social innovations, convening advocates for justice, and bridging divides of all kinds in order to support forward-thinking nonprofit work.
To date, Tides has managed more than $3 billion in grantmaking and project-based activities, sponsored over 1400 nonprofit projects, and helped launch leading organizations like Environmental Working Group, the Story of Stuff, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, and Social Venture Network. Alongside our global partners, we accelerate the path to social change, crafting bold solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.