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Leaving a Legacy

Tides wishes to deeply thank Reed Cooper for his generous bequest. 

Reed Cooper created music that made us smile. He captured nature’s most subtle beauty with his camera and shaped wood into precious new forms with his hands. He cherished time outdoors and aimed to live in harmony with the environment. And he treasured his community of friends, which stretches from the Bay Area around the world.  

Reed was born in Long Island in 1943. His mother was a semi‐professional photographer, whose passion planted seeds which influenced his life and whose love sowed his gentle nature. As a child, he spent his summers at Vermont’s Farm and Wilderness Summer Camp, where he learned a love of the arts and nature.

He studied at U.C. Berkeley, receiving dual degrees in music and mathematics, and played the violin, stand-up double-bass, bass guitar and keyboard. He loved to make music with friends, be it folk, classical chamber, or jazz. Reed spent many years as a part-time musician in New Mexico, and then returned to Berkeley and became a programmer with a start-up financial services company called Barra. Barra’s success eventually made Reed a wealthy man, however Reed had little interest in personal acquisition.  

Reed loved learning languages and hiking outdoors, and walked Spain’s Camino de Santiago several times, making life-long friends from many countries. In addition to photography, a hobby he rekindled after his retirement, Reed enjoyed wood-working and was always reading a good book and engaging family and friends in thoughtful conversation. Although he never married, he was surrounded by his family and friends to his very last days.

In 2014 Reed made a considerable gift to Tides, which will help to further his love of this planet and its people.


Achieving true positive social change is a long-term proposition. As an engaged and thoughtful individual, your values are an integral part of the legacy you leave. How do you plan to make a difference in the world, today – and tomorrow? What are the mechanisms that ensure your philanthropic wishes will be carried out? Whether you currently work with Tides to facilitate your philanthropy, or are looking for a flexible way to ensure that your principles and priorities are honored far into the future, Tides provides a range of planned giving options that leave your legacy in reliable and experienced hands.

When you make a planned giving gift with Tides:

  • Your charitable objectives will be honored.
  • Your values and priorities are shared and respected.
  • Your gift will be used effectively to support issues and organizations that are important to you.
  • Your planned gift will give you the most security, flexibility, and benefits possible.

Tides works collaboratively with you and your financial advisor or attorney to develop a plan that can benefit your family while supporting issues in which you believe for years to come. Tides accepts a wide variety of gifts including cash, real estate, life insurance, retirement plan designations, and securities. And, our planned giving options can – depending on your situation – provide you with substantial tax advantages.

If you have a donor advised fund with Tides, a charitable memo of intent will ensure that your philanthropic vision and values will continue either guided by Tides or your designated successors. You can also designate Tides as a beneficiary of your retirement account, charitable remainder trust, or make a testamentary gift through your will.

To discuss your planned giving with Tides, please contact:
Judith Hill, 415-561-6344, [email protected]

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Planned Giving with Tides

"I’ve been supporting environmental groups for decades. In that time, I’ve seen many groups come and go—it’s the nature of nonprofits fighting the good fight. But the goal of my funding hasn’t changed. That’s why I’ve left clear instructions with Tides in my Planned Giving Program. Having worked with the staff at Tides for some time, I feel more than comfortable that they will make sure my philanthropic goals are met in years to come."

-- Tides Donor

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For more about planned giving:
Sandra Becker
Director of Philanthropic and Corporate Finance


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