Non-profit

Tides Center

Tides logo (link)
Website:

www.tides.org

Location:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Tax ID:

94-3213100

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $104,127,247
Expenses: $98,686,850
Assets: $80,310,038

Formation:

1996

Founder:

Drummond Pike

Chief Executive Officer:

Kriss Deiglmeier

The Tides Center is a subsidiary entity of the Tides Foundation, a donor-advised fund for left-of-center causes that allows donor organizations which might otherwise have to disclose contributions to liberal organizations to obscure their contributions. Founded as a “projects program” in 1979 by Drummond Pike, the Tides Center was formally incorporated as a legally separate entity in 1996.[1] It retains the same CEO as the Tides Foundation, Kriss Deiglmeier.

Overview

The Tides Center serves as a “legal firewall insulating the Tides Foundation from potential lawsuits” filed by those potentially harmed by Tides Foundation-funded projects and assists in the organization and creation of new left-of-center political advocacy organizations.[2] The Tides Center offers an array of services to help organizations from their inception onward, including helping organizations to find office space, run a new office, apply for grants, conduct public relations, handle personnel, complete payroll, budget, manage contracts, face legal challenges, and comply with government regulations.[3][4]

Perhaps most importantly, Tides Center operates as an umbrella group providing 501(c)(3) status to groups who cannot or prefer not to apply for charitable status themselves. Groups under the Tides Center umbrella inherit the tax-exempt charitable status from Tides, allowing them to accept tax-deductible contributions without an IRS .[5]

Tides Center Spinoffs

The Tides Center has incubated numerous left-wing organizations since its inception. Some remain fiscal projects of the Tides Center (unincorporated organizations maintained by Tides); others have since become independent nonprofits. Spinoff organizations from the Tides Center include:

Environmental Working Group[6]

Environmental Media Services[7]

Natural Resources Defense Council[8]

Trade Research Consortium[9]

People for the American Way[10]

Social Venture Network[11]

Women Donors Network[12]

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations[13]

Center for Social Inclusion[14]

Apollo Alliance (now the BlueGreen Alliance)[15]

Tides Center Projects

The Tides Center maintains a number of groups as fiscal projects.

The Alliance for Safety and Justice and Californians for Safety and Justice are projects of the Tides Center focused on criminal justice reform in the U.S. and California, respectively.[16] [17] A close affiliate, the Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund, is a 501(c)(4) project of the Advocacy Fund (a Tides Foundation affiliate).[18]

Fiscal Overview

According to Discover the Networks, between 1996 and 2010, “the Tides Center served as a fiscal sponsor to some 677 separate projects with combined revenues of $522.4 million; in 2010 alone, the Center was actively managing nearly 200 projects.”[19] From 2005 to 2007 alone the Tides Center made 345 grants worth $25.3 million.[20]

The Tides Center has $80,310,037 in assets as of 2015 and liabilities of $9,133,792. Grants and gifts make up a significant amount of the Tides Center’s revenue, at $90,918,201 of the $104,232,380 received in 2015.[21]

According to recent tax filings, the Tides Center received nearly $15 million in government grants in 2015.[22] The Tides Center also counts major left-of-center foundations as donors, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation,[23] the Ford Foundation,[24] the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,[25] and George Soros’s Open Society Foundations.[26]

References

  1. “History.” Tides. Accessed February 12, 2017. http://www.tides.org/about/history/
  2. “Tides Foundation and Tides Center.l” Discover the Networks. Accessed February 12, 2017. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderProfile.asp?fndid=5184.
  3. “Tides Foundation and Tides Center.l” Discover the Networks. Accessed February 12, 2017. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderProfile.asp?fndid=5184.
  4. “Tides Center.” Guidestar. 2015. Accessed February 12, 2017. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3213100
  5. Loudon, Trevor “The Tides Foundation and Center: Brokers of the Revolution. Capital Research Center. October 1, 2010. Accessed February 12, 2017. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-tides-foundation-and-center-brokers-of-the-revolution/
  6. Tides Foundation & Tides Center.” Activist Facts. Accessed April 3, 2017, 2017. https://www.activistfacts.com/organizations/225-tides-foundation-tides-center/.
  7. Tides Foundation & Tides Center.” Activist Facts. Accessed April 3, 2017, 2017. https://www.activistfacts.com/organizations/225-tides-foundation-tides-center/.
  8. Tides Foundation & Tides Center.” Activist Facts. Accessed April 3, 2017, 2017. https://www.activistfacts.com/organizations/225-tides-foundation-tides-center/.
  9. Tides Foundation & Tides Center.” Activist Facts. Accessed April 3, 2017, 2017. https://www.activistfacts.com/organizations/225-tides-foundation-tides-center/.
  10. Loudon, Trevor “The Tides Foundation and Center: Brokers of the Revolution. Capital Research Center. October 1, 2010. Accessed April 3, 2017. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-tides-foundation-and-center-brokers-of-the-revolution/
  11. Loudon, Trevor “The Tides Foundation and Center: Brokers of the Revolution. Capital Research Center. October 1, 2010. Accessed April 3, 2017. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-tides-foundation-and-center-brokers-of-the-revolution/
  12. Loudon, Trevor “The Tides Foundation and Center: Brokers of the Revolution. Capital Research Center. October 1, 2010. Accessed April 3, 2017. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-tides-foundation-and-center-brokers-of-the-revolution/
  13. Loudon, Trevor “The Tides Foundation and Center: Brokers of the Revolution. Capital Research Center. October 1, 2010. Accessed April 3, 2017. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-tides-foundation-and-center-brokers-of-the-revolution/
  14. Loudon, Trevor “The Tides Foundation and Center: Brokers of the Revolution. Capital Research Center. October 1, 2010. Accessed April 3, 2017. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-tides-foundation-and-center-brokers-of-the-revolution/
  15. Brown, Floyd. “Who Funds the Radical Left in America?” Western Journalism. August 25, 2009. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.westernjournalism.com/exclusive-investigative-reports/who-funds-the-radical-left-in-america/
  16. “WHO WE ARE.” Alliance for Safety and Justice. Accessed May 24, 2018. https://allianceforsafetyandjustice.org/who-we-are
  17. “About Us.” Californians for Safety and Justice. Accessed May 24, 2018. https://safeandjust.org/about-us
  18. “WHO WE ARE.” Alliance for Safety and Justice. Accessed May 24, 2018. https://allianceforsafetyandjustice.org/who-we-are
  19. Tides Foundation and Tides Center.l” Discover the Networks. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderProfile.asp?fndid=5184.
  20. Loudon, Trevor “The Tides Foundation and Center: Brokers of the Revolution. Capital Research Center. October 1, 2010. Accessed February 12, 2017. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-tides-foundation-and-center-brokers-of-the-revolution/
  21. “Tides Center.” Guidestar. 2015. Accessed February 12, 2017. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3213100
  22. Tides Center, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2015, Part VIII Line 1e
  23. “Grants.” W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Accessed April 3, 2017. https://www.wkkf.org/grants#pp=10&p=1&q=tides
  24. “Search All Grants.” Ford Foundation. Accessed April 3, 2017. https://www.fordfoundation.org/work/our-grants/grants-database/grants-all?search=%26SearchText%3DTides&page=0
  25. “Search Results.” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/search#q/k=tides center
  26. “Organizations Funded Directly by George Soros and his Open Society Foundations.” Discover the Networks. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1237

Directors, Employees & Supporters

Donor Organizations

  1. Aaron and Martha Schecter Private Foundation (Non-profit)
  2. Advancement Project (Non-profit)
  3. Angell Foundation (Non-profit)
  4. Annie E. Casey Foundation (Non-profit)
  5. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Non-profit)
  6. Bush Foundation (Non-profit)
  7. California Endowment (Non-profit)
  8. Carnegie Corporation of New York (Non-profit)
  9. David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Non-profit)
  10. Dobkin Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  11. Embrey Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  12. Fledgling Fund (Non-profit)
  13. Ford Foundation (Non-profit)
  14. Foundation to Promote Open Society (Non-profit)
  15. Heinz Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  16. Horizons Foundation (Non-profit)
  17. James Irvine Foundation (Non-profit)
  18. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Non-profit)
  19. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Non-profit)
  20. JPB Foundation (Non-profit)
  21. Kresge Foundation (Non-profit)
  22. Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  23. Lear Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  24. Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc. (Non-profit)
  25. Marisla Foundation (Non-profit)
  26. Moriah Fund (Non-profit)
  27. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Non-profit)
  28. Musk Foundation (Non-profit)
  29. NEO Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  30. NoVo Foundation (Non-profit)
  31. Oak Foundation (Non-profit)
  32. Open Society Foundations (OSF) (Non-profit)
  33. Park Foundation (Non-profit)
  34. Pew Charitable Trusts (Non-profit)
  35. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) (Non-profit)
  36. Public Welfare Foundation (Non-profit)
  37. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) (Non-profit)
  38. Rockefeller Foundation (Non-profit)
  39. S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation (Non-profit)
  40. Schumann Media Center (Non-profit)
  41. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (Labor Union)
  42. Spectemur Agendo, Inc. (Non-profit)
  43. Surdna Foundation (Non-profit)
  44. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (Non-profit)
  45. Tides Foundation (Non-profit)
  46. Tiffany & Co. Foundation (Non-profit)
  47. Unbound Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  48. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) (Labor Union)
  49. W. K. Kellogg Foundation (Non-profit)
  50. Wilburforce Foundation (Non-profit)
  51. Wyss Foundation (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: January 1, 1995

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 Dec Form 990 $104,127,247 $98,686,850 $80,310,038 $9,133,793 N $90,488,342 $13,232,655 $593,590 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $95,574,874 $97,699,436 $75,078,370 $9,130,623 N $83,006,016 $12,116,554 $403,407 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $92,925,976 $90,010,931 $75,990,096 $7,768,636 N $82,917,247 $9,859,961 $443,382 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $86,014,685 $95,532,629 $72,150,699 $6,253,323 Y $75,941,529 $9,595,709 $605,677 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $105,027,833 $99,076,893 $82,300,644 $7,270,093 Y $94,079,671 $10,074,349 $753,819 $358,626 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Tides Center

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