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 (2017):

Revenue: $152,477,814
Expenses: $124,313,268
Assets: $114,897,778

Formation:

1996

Type:

Center-Left Fiscal Sponsorship Nonprofit

Founder:

Drummond Pike

Chief Executive Officer:

Tuti Scott (2019-Present) [36]

Kriss Deiglmeier (2014-2019) [37]

Latest Tax Filing:

2018 Form 990

For more information, see Tides Nexus

The Tides Center is a left-of-center nonprofit created to manage the fiscal sponsorship services of its “sister” organization, the Tides Foundation. Both groups are part of the Tides Nexus of pass-through and fiscal sponsorship nonprofits based in San Francisco, California. Tuti Scott is the CEO of Tides, a position she has held since approximately September 2019. [1]

The Tides Nexus (a blanket term covering all associated groups) has since grown to incorporate eight nonprofits, including various supporting entities, investment management nonprofits, a 501(c)(4) advocacy group, and a single controlling organization (the Tides Network).

Overview

The Tides Foundation pioneered “fiscal sponsorship” (or “incubation”), a process in which a sponsor organization is paid to act as an umbrella under which new center-left political groups may fundraise and operate prior to achieving recognition of tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), at which point they’re often spun off into standalone nonprofits. In 1996, Tides passed its fiscal sponsorship services to a separate nonprofit, the Tides Center.

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]

Fiscal Sponsorship (Incubation)

The 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, often while they await recognition of tax exemption from the IRS (a process called “fiscal sponsorship” or “incubation”). 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 Projects

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. According to the right-of-center website 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.”[6]

The Alliance for Safety and Justice and Californians for Safety and Justice are current projects (as of July 2020) of the Tides Center focused on criminal justice reform in the U.S. and California, respectively. [7] [8] A close affiliate, the Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund, is a 501(c)(4) project of Tides Advocacy (a Tides Foundation affiliate; formerly The Advocacy Fund). [9]

The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, one of the lead organizations in the left-of-center Black Lives Matter and led by self-described “trained Marxists,” is one of the better known groups that operates under the Tides Center’s umbrella. [10] The Global Network Foundation began in 2016 as a project for the center-left fiscal sponsor Thousand Currents and was officially transferred to the Tides Center in July 2020. [11]  Thousand Currents’ board included Susan Rosenberg, a convicted member of the May 19th Communist Organization responsible for multiple bombings in the 1980s. [12]

Past organizations incubated by the Tides Center include:

Environmental Working Group [13]

Environmental Media Services [14]

Natural Resources Defense Council [15]

Trade Research Consortium [16]

People for the American Way [17]

Social Venture Network [18]

Women Donors Network [19]

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations [20]

Center for Social Inclusion [21]

Apollo Alliance (now the BlueGreen Alliance) [22]

Leadership

Drummond Pike

Drummond Pike is the co-founder of the Tides Nexus of groups, although he has since retired from the organizations. A veteran political activist, Pike began his career in 1970 as associate director for the now-defunct Youth Project in Washington, D.C., a group formed to give young people with inherited wealth a way to channel donations. [23]

While Pike did not develop donor-advised funds himself (DAFs have been used by community foundations since the early 20th century), the Youth Project’s model of guiding funding from individual donors to nonprofit political causes reportedly inspired the creation of the Tides Foundation in 1976, which utilized DAFs to encourage individuals to donate to Tides since they would hold an advisory role in its grantmaking. [24] Funding for the project came from Jane Lehman, heiress to the fortune generated by the Reynolds tobacco conglomerate and an ex-president of the center-left Arca Foundation. In 1979, Pike extended Tides’ services to incubating new liberal nonprofits (or “projects”), a system known as fiscal sponsorship. [25]

Pike resigned his leadership of the Tides organizations in 2010. He has been a board member for numerous left-progressive organizations outside of the Tides Nexus, including the Democracy AllianceEnlyst FundJK Irwin Foundation, Underdog Foundation, Island PressInstitute for New Economic ThinkingEnvironmental Working Group, Endswell Foundation, Working Assets, Network for Good, Sage Centre, Threshold Foundation, and Charity Projects Entertainment Fund, Groundspring, Social Venture NetworkSierra Fund, and America’s Charities. [26]

CEO

Tuti Scott is the CEO of Tides, a position she has held since approximately September 2019. [27]

Kriss Deiglmeier was CEO of Tides from 2014 to late 2019, when she retired from the organization. [28]

Funding

Financial Overview

In 2018, the Tides Center reported total revenues of $150 million ($137 million of which came from grants to the group), $137 million in total expenses (including $28 million in grants paid to other groups), and net assets of $102 million. [29]

From 2005 to 2007 alone the Tides Center made 345 grants worth $25.3 million. [30]

Donors to Tides Center

According to recent tax filings, the Tides Center received nearly $15 million in government grants in 2015. [31] The Tides Center also counts major left-of-center foundations as donors, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation,[32] the Ford Foundation,[33] the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,[34] and George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. [35]

References

  1. “Q&A with Tides Interim CEO Tuti Scott.” Tides. September 29, 2019. Accessed April 29, 2020. https://www.tides.org/tides-news/from-the-ceo/qa-with-tides-interim-ceo-tuti-scott/ ^
  2. “Tides Foundation and Tides Center.” Discover the Networks. Accessed February 12, 2017. https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/organizations/tides-foundation-and-tides-center/ ^
  3. Walter, Scott. “The Tides Foundation and Center: Selling Foundation Philanthropy on the Idea of ‘Structural Racism.’” Capital Research Center. Capital Research Center, July 3, 2011. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-tides-foundation-and-center-selling-foundation-philanthropy-on-the-idea-of-structural-racism/. ^
  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 and Tides Center.” Discover the Networks. Accessed February 12, 2017. https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/organizations/tides-foundation-and-tides-center/. ^
  7. “WHO WE ARE.” Alliance for Safety and Justice. Accessed May 24, 2018. https://allianceforsafetyandjustice.org/who-we-are ^
  8. “About Us.” Californians for Safety and Justice. Accessed May 24, 2018. https://safeandjust.org/about-us ^
  9. “WHO WE ARE.” Alliance for Safety and Justice. Accessed May 24, 2018. https://allianceforsafetyandjustice.org/who-we-are ^
  10. Payne, Daniel. “Video resurfaces in which Black Lives Matter founder says group’s creators are ‘trained Marxists’”. Just The News. June 20, 2020. Accessed June 24, 2020. Available at: https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/video-resurfaces-which-black-lives-matter-founder-says-groups-creators-are-trained ^
  11. Ludwig, Hayden. “Tides Center Takes Control of Black Lives Matter Global Network.” Capital Research Center. Capital Research Center, July 28, 2020. https://capitalresearch.org/article/tides-center-takes-control-of-black-lives-matter-global-network/. Archive: https://capitalresearch.org/app/uploads/Black-Lives-Matter-Thousand-Currents-Tides-Center-Handoff.-07.28.20.pdf. ^
  12. Walter, Scott. “A Terrorist’s Ties to a Leading Black Lives Matter Group.” Capital Research Center. June 24, 2020. Available at: https://capitalresearch.org/article/a-terrorists-ties-to-a-leading-black-lives-matter-group/ ^
  13. Tides Foundation & Tides Center.” Activist Facts. Accessed April 3, 2017, 2017. https://www.activistfacts.com/organizations/225-tides-foundation-tides-center/. ^
  14. Tides Foundation & Tides Center.” Activist Facts. Accessed April 3, 2017, 2017. https://www.activistfacts.com/organizations/225-tides-foundation-tides-center/. ^
  15. Tides Foundation & Tides Center.” Activist Facts. Accessed April 3, 2017, 2017. https://www.activistfacts.com/organizations/225-tides-foundation-tides-center/. ^
  16. Tides Foundation & Tides Center.” Activist Facts. Accessed April 3, 2017, 2017. https://www.activistfacts.com/organizations/225-tides-foundation-tides-center/. ^
  17. 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/ ^
  18. 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/ ^
  19. 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/ ^
  20. 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/ ^
  21. 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/ ^
  22. 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/ ^
  23. Gutenberg, Project. “Drummond Pike.” Drummond Pike | Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing – eBooks | Read eBooks online. Accessed May 19, 2017. http://www.gutenberg.us/article/whebn0023515013/drummond%20pike#External_links. ^
  24. Hayden Ludwig. “Charitable Infidelity: How Best to Give?” Capital Research Center. September 20, 2018. Accessed May 8, 2020. https://capitalresearch.org/article/charitable-infidelity-part-1/ ^
  25. Arnold, Ron. “Fifteen special interest heavy hitters Democrats cannot ignore.” Washington Examiner. January 25, 2011. Accessed May 19, 2017. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/fifteen-special-interest-heavy-hitters-democrats-cannot-ignore/article/38938. ^
  26. “Company Overview of The Tides Center.” Bloomberg.com. Accessed May 22, 2017. https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=25938594&privcapId=4293026 ^
  27. “Q&A with Tides Interim CEO Tuti Scott.” Tides. September 29, 2019. Accessed April 29, 2020. https://www.tides.org/tides-news/from-the-ceo/qa-with-tides-interim-ceo-tuti-scott/ ^
  28. “Kriss Deiglmeier to Step Down as CEO of Tides.” Tides. April 26, 2019. Accessed April 29, 2020. https://www.tides.org/accelerating-social-change/kriss-deiglmeier-to-step-down-as-ceo-of-tides/ ^
  29. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Tides Center. Part I. Lines 8, 12, 13, 18, 22. Archived: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2020/04/Tides-Center-2018-Form-990.pdf ^
  30. 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/ ^
  31. Tides Center, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2015, Part VIII Line 1e ^
  32. “Grants.” W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Accessed April 3, 2017. https://www.wkkf.org/grants#pp=10&p=1&q=tides ^
  33. “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 ^
  34. “Search Results.” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/search#q/k=tidescenter ^
  35. Data compiled by FoundationSearch.com subscription service, a project of Metasoft Systems, Inc., from forms filed with the IRS. Queries conducted December 16, 2019. ^
  36. “Q&A with Tides Interim CEO Tuti Scott.” Tides. September 29, 2019. Accessed April 29, 2020. https://www.tides.org/tides-news/from-the-ceo/qa-with-tides-interim-ceo-tuti-scott/ ^
  37. “Kriss Deiglmeier to Step Down as CEO of Tides.” Tides. April 26, 2019. Accessed April 29, 2020. https://www.tides.org/accelerating-social-change/kriss-deiglmeier-to-step-down-as-ceo-of-tides/ ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Tuti Scott
    Chief Executive Officer (2019-Present)
  2. Kriss Deiglmeier
    Former CEO (2014-2019)

Coalition Memberships

  1. Alliance for Justice (AFJ)

Donor Organizations

  1. Aaron and Martha Schecter Private Foundation (SHIFT) (Non-profit)
  2. Advancement Project (Non-profit)
  3. Angell Foundation (Non-profit)
  4. Annenberg Foundation (Non-profit)
  5. Annie E. Casey Foundation (Non-profit)
  6. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Non-profit)
  7. Bush Foundation (Non-profit)
  8. California Endowment (Non-profit)
  9. California Rural Legal Assistance (Non-profit)
  10. California Wellness Foundation (Non-profit)
  11. Carnegie Corporation of New York (Non-profit)
  12. Claneil Foundation (Non-profit)
  13. Clif Bar Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  14. Craigslist Charitable Fund (Non-profit)
  15. David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Non-profit)
  16. David Rockefeller Fund (Non-profit)
  17. Dobkin Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  18. Embrey Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  19. Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund (Non-profit)
  20. Fledgling Fund (Non-profit)
  21. Ford Foundation (Non-profit)
  22. Foundation to Promote Open Society (FPOS) (Non-profit)
  23. Fund for Nonviolence (Non-profit)
  24. Gerbode Foundation (Non-profit)
  25. Grove Foundation (Non-profit)
  26. Heinz Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  27. Heising-Simons Foundation (Non-profit)
  28. Henry P. Kendall Foundation (Non-profit)
  29. Hill-Snowdon Foundation (Non-profit)
  30. Hopewell Fund (Non-profit)
  31. Horizons Foundation (Non-profit)
  32. James Irvine Foundation (Non-profit)
  33. JEHT Foundation (Non-profit)
  34. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Non-profit)
  35. John Merck Fund (Non-profit)
  36. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Non-profit)
  37. JPB Foundation (Non-profit)
  38. Kohlberg Foundation (Non-profit)
  39. Kresge Foundation (Non-profit)
  40. Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  41. Leadership for Educational Equity Foundation (Non-profit)
  42. Lear Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  43. Leland Fikes Foundation (Non-profit)
  44. Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation (Non-profit)
  45. Lumina Foundation for Education (Non-profit)
  46. Marguerite Casey Foundation (Non-profit)
  47. Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Foundation (Non-profit)
  48. Marisla Foundation (Non-profit)
  49. Maximum Difference Foundation (Non-profit)
  50. Moriah Fund (Non-profit)
  51. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Non-profit)
  52. Ms. Foundation for Women (Non-profit)
  53. Musk Foundation (Non-profit)
  54. Nathan Cummings Foundation (Non-profit)
  55. NEO Philanthropy Action Fund (Non-profit)
  56. NEO Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  57. New Venture Fund (NVF) (Non-profit)
  58. New World Foundation (NWF) (Non-profit)
  59. Newman’s Own Foundation (Non-profit)
  60. NextGen Climate Action (Non-profit)
  61. NoVo Foundation (Non-profit)
  62. Oak Foundation USA (Non-profit)
  63. Omidyar Network Fund (Non-profit)
  64. Open Society Foundations (OSF) (Non-profit)
  65. Padosi Foundation (Non-profit)
  66. Park Foundation (Non-profit)
  67. Pew Charitable Trusts (Non-profit)
  68. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) (Non-profit)
  69. Public Welfare Foundation (Non-profit)
  70. Robert Sterling Clark Foundation (Non-profit)
  71. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) (Non-profit)
  72. Rockefeller Brothers Fund (Non-profit)
  73. Rockefeller Foundation (Non-profit)
  74. Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  75. S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation (Non-profit)
  76. Sagner Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  77. San Francisco Foundation (Non-profit)
  78. Satterberg Foundation (Non-profit)
  79. Schumann Media Center (Non-profit)
  80. Sergey Brin Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  81. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (Labor Union)
  82. Silicon Valley Community Foundation (Non-profit)
  83. Sixteen Thirty Fund (1630 Fund) (Non-profit)
  84. Skoll Foundation (Non-profit)
  85. Skoll Global Threats Fund (Non-profit)
  86. Spectemur Agendo (Non-profit)
  87. Stuart Foundation (Non-profit)
  88. Surdna Foundation (Non-profit)
  89. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (STBF) (Non-profit)
  90. Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation (Non-profit)
  91. Thomas J. Long Foundation (Non-profit)
  92. Tides Foundation (Non-profit)
  93. Tiffany & Co. Foundation (Non-profit)
  94. Tow Foundation (Non-profit)
  95. True North Foundation (Non-profit)
  96. Unbound Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  97. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) (Labor Union)
  98. Vera Institute of Justice (VIJ) (Non-profit)
  99. W. K. Kellogg Foundation (Non-profit)
  100. Walmart Foundation (Non-profit)
  101. Walter and Elise Haas Fund (Non-profit)
  102. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund (Non-profit)
  103. Whitman Institute (Non-profit)
  104. Wilburforce Foundation (Non-profit)
  105. Winslow Foundation (Non-profit)
  106. Wyss Foundation (Non-profit)
  107. Y & H Soda 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
    2017 Dec Form 990 $152,477,814 $124,313,268 $114,897,778 $14,910,586 Y $140,696,542 $10,744,275 $1,273,700 $0 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $111,222,369 $110,657,162 $83,179,454 $11,408,594 Y $97,647,384 $13,015,427 $671,144 $0 PDF
    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)

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