Tides Foundation

Tides logo (link)



Tax ID:


Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2016):

Revenue: $285,614,910
Expenses: $247,668,231
Assets: $257,761,440


1976 in Sausalito, California


Drummond Pike

Chief Executive Officer:

Kriss Deiglmeier

The Tides Foundation is a center-left 501(c)(3) donor-advised fund provider that was named after a San Francisco Bay Area left-of-center independent bookstore. Individuals and organizations can give money to the Tides Foundation, which, for an 8 percent fee, then directs that money to another organization or cause that the donor or the board of the Tides Foundation chooses.[1]  Founded in 1976 by political activist Drummond Pike just north of San Francisco in Sausalito, California, the Tides Foundation collects tens of millions of dollars per year which it uses to, among other things, fund grants, sponsor new ventures and organizations, and provide workspace for other organizations. In 1996, the Tides Foundation formally incorporated the Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) created to incubate new groups.[2]

The Tides Foundation’s financial practices have been characterized as “dark money” for allowing contributors (to Tides) to obscure their direction of funds to other left-wing organizations.[3]

Overview of the Organization

Drummond Pike co-founded the Tides Foundation with the late Jane Lehman, heiress to Reynolds tobacco[4] and former president of the Arca Foundation,[5] a left-of-center grantmaking organization in Washington, D.C. Pike allegedly “created, mentored, funded, and led more progressive non-profit organizations than anyone in the world (including George Soros).”[6]

Under tax law, the Tides Foundation is not obligated to report where it uses funds contributed by specific donors. One can discover many of donors to the Tides Foundation, and the Tides Foundation is obligated by law to disclose its grantees, but the link between the donor and the donee is washed away as the money passes through the Tides Foundation. The Tides Foundation maintains what are known as donor-advised funds (DAFs)—funds managed by a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit that can receive unlimited donations and pass those donations on to other nonprofit organizations, and in the process obscure the connection between individual donor and the final grant recipient. Donors who give to the Tides Foundation thus have the privilege of enhanced secrecy when they give to more controversial organizations or causes. Center-left opponents of free speech, including Tides recipients, have criticized this practice as “dark money.”

The Tides Foundation openly celebrates its progressivism, calling itself a “values based infrastructure service for progressive nonprofit work.”[7] The Tides Foundation has worked with over 15,000 individuals and organizations, including “foundations, donors, corporations, social investors, nonprofit organizations, government institutions, community organizations, activists, [and] social entrepreneurs.”[8] Claiming to have managed project and grantmaking activities of more than $2 billion since its creation, the Tides Foundation has supported hundreds of nonprofit projects in its quest to “accelerate toward a world of shared prosperity and social justice.”[9]

To name just a few of the Tides Foundation’s projects over the years, they have promoted the anti-war movement,[10]anti-free trade campaigns, the banning of firearms ownership, the abolition of the death penalty,  abortion rights, and gay rights.[11]

The Tides Foundation and the organizations it supports can sometimes have exceedingly close relationships. Tides founder Drummond Pike (who now works at Equilibrium Capital) is also on the Board of Tides-supported groups like the Environmental Working Group. He previously worked on the Tides Canada Foundation, Democracy Alliance, and Credo Mobile/Working Assets, which are all affiliated with the Tides Foundation.[12]

The Tides Foundation, the Tides Center, and the Tides Network, a master corporation founded in 2007 to provide administrative control of all other Tides entities, do more than grantmaking.[13] They also offer fiscal sponsorship and nonprofit management, shared spaces and services, consulting, global services, mission related investing, advocacy, and integrated services.[14]

In building out other nonprofits, the Tides entities offer financial services and help with human resources, payroll, risk management, and government compliance. Essentially, the Tides groups (or simply “Tides”) take care of most of the overhead so that the left-of-center nonprofits they help can focus most on their causes.[15]

Tides also offers nonprofits it works with real estate and shared working space, relieving the nonprofits of a top operational concern.[16] In its consulting service, the Tides Foundation helps other foundations, individual donors, and corporations with the financial and logistical details of philanthropic programs. The Tides Foundation helps manage the application processes for funding, manage the grantee application process, manage applicant inquiries, compile proposals, and do recordkeeping.[17]

Tides’s global services division has helped manage more than $120 million in grants to over 150 countries, helping organizations with government compliance and overcoming regulatory burdens.[18]

Tides also helps organizations to “merge investment portfolios with philanthropic goals”[19] so that donors can have a “socially screened investment portfolio” that aligns with left-wing causes.[20]

To help other 501(c)3’s with public policy advocacy, Tides helps ensure organizations are compliant with regulatory burdens so organizations can avoid visibly contributing to partisan causes.[21]

Finally, the Tides integrated services partnership provides clients a “one-stop shop ” for “full-service grantmaking capabilities bundled with back-office administrative service,” essentially helping the client with every single step of the nonprofit process.[22]


The Tides Foundation has been implicated in a scheme of funneling millions of dollars into Canada from American donors to block joint U.S./Canadian energy projects. During debate over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport Canadian oil to U.S. refineries along the Gulf Coast, it was discovered that much of the Canadian anti-Keystone advocacy was being funded by American environmental donors.

Independent blogger from British Columbia, Vivian Krause, estimates that over the last 12 years, U.S. donors have poured around $300 million into controversial Canadian environmental groups that meddled with Canadian politics.[23] When her journalism uncovered the depth of U.S. donor involvement in Canada, the Canadian government withdrew an $8.3 million funding agreement with Tides Foundation-affiliate Tides Canada, one of the organizations operating as a dark-money conduit for American donors.[24]

The Tides Foundation was also crucial in environmentalist-driven attack on the apple industry during the “Alar-on-Apples” scare. Environmentalists—most notably actress Meryl Streep–falsely claimed that children were developing cancer by eating apples treated with the plant-growth regulator Alar, causing the apple industry to take a major hit as parents stopped buying the fruit for their children and schools stopped purchasing it as well.[25] The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) was the main promoter of the hoax, and the NRDC used the Tides Foundation as a go-between to pay the fees for Fenton Communications,[26] which helped the NRDC run a public relations campaign against Alar.[27]


It is difficult to know the full extent of the Tides Foundation’s donor network. As a dark money operation, the Tides Foundation is not required to release this information, even if it does release some aggregate numbers.

So, for example, from 1991 to 2013, Tides received 2,314 grants from 471 foundations totaling $522,950,992. In 2013 alone it received 181 grants from 107 foundations for a total of $42,557,073.[28]

The fifteen largest donors in 2015 were[29]

  • The Novo Foundation ($6,395,927)
  • The Ford Foundation ($3,298,000)
  • The M.A.C. Global Foundation ($2,683,438)
  • The Wallace Global Fund II ($2,395,000)
  • The New Field Foundation ($2,340,000)
  • The Annie E Casey Foundation ($2,340,000)
  • The Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program ($2,320,000)
  • The Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund ($2,128,789)
  • The Open Society Foundation ($2,014,350)
  • The Natem Foundation Inc. ($1,598,356)
  • The Children’s Investment Foundation ($1,500,000)
  • The Pema Foundation ($1,159,278)
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($1,127,434)
  • The Schwab Charitable Fund ($1,070,842)
  • The Broad Reach Foundation ($1,000,000)

Among the foundation contributors, Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program, Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund, and Schwab Charitable Fund are commercial donor-advised fund providers, further obscuring the source of money passing through Tides.

Discover the Networks compiled a list of at least 91 foundations that made grants to the Tides Foundation between 1993 to 2003, including[30]

It’s not just private organizations and individuals who donate to the Tides Foundation. The Tides Foundation and affiliated Tides Center received “$395,319 from the Department of Interior; $3,350,431 from the Environmental Protection Agency; $3,487,040 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development; $208,878 from the Department of Agriculture; $39,550 from the Department of Energy; $93,500 from the Small Business Administration; $10,986 from the Department of Health and Human Services; and $84,520 from the Centers for Disease Control U.S. Agency for International Development” from 1997 to 2001 alone.[31]


Each year, the Tides Foundation releases a list of grantees, including their country of origin and the amount given.[32] As the Tides Foundation funnels donations to hundreds of organizations per year, the below list is a small sampling grantees and the amount given in 2015, the last year with a public list:

  • #BlackLivesMatter ($5,000)
  • ($81,815)
  • Academy for the Love of learning ($5,300,000)
  • ACLU Foundation ($38,176)
  • Center for American Progress Action Fund ($20,000)
  • Color of Democracy Project ($280,000)
  • Democracy Now! ($302,373)
  • Earthjustice ($370,250)
  • General Assemly Space, Inc. ($765,344)
  • Initiatives for Medicines Access and Knowledge ($1,105,000)
  • International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ($21,622)
  • J Street Education Fund ($1,404,000)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($680,000)
  • Media Matters for America ($225,000)
  • Mind and Life Institute ($2,500,000)
  • Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies ($1,500,500)
  • The Opportunity Institute ($1,499,144)
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Federation, and Affiliated ($146,415)
  • Sierra Club Foundation ($56,500)
  • Tides Canada Foundation ($74,000)
  • Tides Network ($643,581)
  • Working Families Organization ($213,800)

In 2015 alone, the Tides Foundation made $110 million in domestic grants and $39.8 million in foreign grants that reached 110 countries on 6 continents.[33]

Past recipients of Tides Foundation grants include: [34]

  • The ACORN Institute
  • Alliance For Justice
  • The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
  • The American Immigration Law Foundation
  • Amnesty International
  • The Border Action Network
  • The Campaign for America’s Future
  • The Center for Community Change
  • The Center for Reproductive Rights; Changemakers
  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
  • The Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Earth Day Network
  • Earth Island Institute
  • Environmental Defense
  • Environmental Media Services
  • Environmental Working Group
  • Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Free Press
  • Grassroots International
  • Greenpeace
  • Human Rights First
  • Human Rights Watch
  • The Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • The Israel Policy Forum; the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • The Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy
  • The Jane Addams Peace Association
  • The League of Conservation Voters
  • The League of Women Voters
  • The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • The Mexico Solidarity Network
  • Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet
  • The Foundation for Women
  • The NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation
  • The NAACP
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
  • The National Network of Grantmakers
  • The National Organization for Women Foundation
  • The National Wildlife Federation
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council
  • The Nature Conservancy (of California and of New York)
  • The New Israel Fund
  • The New World Foundation
  • Nonviolent Peaceforce
  • The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
  • Oxfam America
  • The Pacifica Foundation
  • Peace Action
  • The Peace Development Fund
  • People for the American Way
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
  • Population Connection
  • The Progress Unity Fund
  • Project Vote
  • The Rainforest Action Network
  • The Rainforest Alliance
  • The Rockefeller Family Fund
  • The Sentencing Project
  • September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
  • The Sierra Club
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center
  • The Threshold Foundation
  • TrueMajority Action
  • The Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Veterans For Peace
  • Waterkeeper Alliance
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Witness For Peace
  • Women’s Action for New Directions
  • The World Wildlife Fund

Tides Nonprofit Network

Outside of its traditional grantmaking operation, the Tides Foundation also supports a network of affiliated organizations, most notably the Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) devoted to incubating new left-wing organizations.

Tides Nonprofit Network: Revenues
Grand Sum$3,254,390,933
Total RevenueTides FoundationTides CenterTides Advocacy GroupTides Two Rivers FundTides Canada FoundationTides Network (Nonprofit Group)
Tides Nonprofit Network: Expenditures
Grand Sum$3,103,400,573
Total RevenueTides FoundationTides CenterTides Advocacy GroupTides Two Rivers FundTides Canada FoundationTides Network (Nonprofit Group)

Tides Center

Also see Tides Center (Nonprofit)

The Tides Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created to house Tides’ incubation activities.

The Tides Center Pennsylvania, founded at the request of Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, manages local civic programs.[35]

The Advocacy Fund

Also see The Advocacy Fund (Nonprofit)

The Advocacy Fund (formerly the Tides Advocacy Fund) is a 501(c)4 lobbying arm founded by the Tides Foundation to push for center-left public policy.[36]

Tides Canada Foundation

The Tides Canada Foundation is a conglomerate of nonprofits in Canada that operates as a grantmaking organization like the Tides Foundation in America.[37]

Tides Two Rivers Fund

The Tides Two Rivers Fund was founded in 2003 and is located in San Francisco, California.[38] This organization manages the Thoreau Center in New York.[39]

The Tides State Equality Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Tides Foundation that, since 2007, has granted more than $16 million to advance LGBT issues on the state level.[40]

Other Tides Groups

The Tides Foundation began the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in San Francisco, a 150,000-square foot office space for more than 60 organizations in the Presidio National Park, as well as the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in New York, which is across the street from the New York Stock Exchange.[41] These centers operate as a shared offices space, housing dozens of environmentalist nonprofit organizations dedicated to “social, cultural and environmental sustainability.”[42]

Groundspring was founded by the Tides Foundation in 1999 as an online fundraising and donor management tool designed to facilitate giving to left-wing groups.[43]


Drummond Pike

Drummond Pike, the founder of the Tides Foundation, served on the board from 1976 until 2010 when he began working as a principal at Equilibrium Capital Group,[44] a “sustainability-driven asset investment” firm.[45] This $1 billion asset management platform built on the idea that “environmentally and socially beneficial practices can drive operational efficiencies.”[46] According to Bloomberg, Equilibrium Capital Group invests in asset management companies with a focus on “areas of municipal wastewater sectors, water management, renewable energy, electric power, sustainable agriculture, integrated land management, and green real estate.”[47]

Pike was essential to the founding of the Thoreau Center for Sustainability,, the Tides Foundation, and the Tides Canada Foundation, as well as building out the Tides Foundation into the multi-million dollar grantmaking organization it is today. After an embezzlement scandal at the controversial Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) left ACORN founder Wade Rathke in a $1 million hole, Pike anonymously footed the bill.[48]

Key Officers

Kriss Deiglmeier, the CEO of the Tides Foundation, was the founding executive director for Stanford’s Center for Social Innovation., Deiglmeier became CEO of Tides on February 19, 2014, replacing Interim CEO Gary Schwarz.[49]

Rahul Young, the Chief Operating Officer of the Tides Foundation, was an environmental consultant for ICF International, working for clients like Google, eBay, Yahoo!, Time Warner, and more. He was the city of Berkeley’s first Green Building Coordinator and received a BA in Public Policy from Stanford University.[50]

Amanda Keton, the General Counsel for the Tides Foundation, also serves as Managing Director of the Tides-affiliated Advocacy Fund. A former consultant at Ernst & Young, Amanda is also on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco LGBT Community Center as well as the ACLU of Northern California.[51]

Alex Sloan, the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Tides Foundation, was previously a director at the Skoll Foundation and the founding chairman of Excelerate Foundation, another left-of-center nonprofit. Sloan has also worked at venture capitol firms, including JPMorgan Partners and Expansion Capital Partners.[52]


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Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Tod Hill
    Former Senior Strategist
  2. Steven Cole-Schwartz
    Former Senior Strategic Advisor

Donor Organizations

  1. Angelica Foundation (Non-profit)
  2. Annie E. Casey Foundation (Non-profit)
  3. Arcus Foundation (Non-profit)
  4. Barr Foundation (Non-profit)
  5. Bauman Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  6. Ben & Jerry’s Foundation (Non-profit)
  7. Bohemian Foundation (Non-profit)
  8. Buffett Early Childhood Fund (Non-profit)
  9. Bullitt Foundation (Non-profit)
  10. California Endowment (Non-profit)
  11. Campion Foundation (Non-profit)
  12. Carnegie Corporation of New York (Non-profit)
  13. Charles Engelhard Foundation (Non-profit)
  14. David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Non-profit)
  15. David Rockefeller Fund (Non-profit)
  16. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) (Non-profit)
  17. Estee Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation (Non-profit)
  18. Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund (Non-profit)
  19. Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund (Non-profit)
  20. Flora Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  21. Ford Foundation (Non-profit)
  22. Foundation for Deep Ecology (Non-profit)
  23. Foundation to Promote Open Society (FPOS) (Non-profit)
  24. Fund for Nonviolence (Non-profit)
  25. Gill Foundation (Non-profit)
  26. Google Foundation (Non-profit)
  27. Heising-Simons Foundation (Non-profit)
  28. Hopewell Fund (Non-profit)
  29. Hull Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  30. James Irvine Foundation (Non-profit)
  31. JEHT Foundation (Non-profit)
  32. Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros Foundation (Non-profit)
  33. JK Irwin Foundation (Non-profit)
  34. Joshua Mailman Foundation (Non-profit)
  35. Joyce Foundation (Non-profit)
  36. JPB Foundation (Non-profit)
  37. Kresge Foundation (Non-profit)
  38. Lear Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  39. Leonard & Sophie Davis Fund (Non-profit)
  40. Levi Strauss Foundation (Non-profit)
  41. Marguerite Casey Foundation (Non-profit)
  42. Max and Anna Levinson Foundation (Non-profit)
  43. Movement Strategy Center (Non-profit)
  44. Muriel Pollia Foundation (Non-profit)
  45. Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation (Non-profit)
  46. NEO Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  47. New York Community Trust (Community Funds) (Non-profit)
  48. Nick and Leslie Hanauer Foundation (Non-profit)
  49. NoVo Foundation (Non-profit)
  50. Oak Foundation USA (Non-profit)
  51. Omidyar Network Fund (Non-profit)
  52. Open Society Foundations (OSF) (Non-profit)
  53. Ottinger Foundation (Non-profit)
  54. Overbrook Foundation (Non-profit)
  55. Partnership Project (Non-profit)
  56. Paul and Joanne Egerman Family Charitable Foundation (Non-profit)
  57. Piton Foundation (Non-profit)
  58. Ploughshares Fund (Non-profit)
  59. Proteus Fund (Non-profit)
  60. Robert Sterling Clark Foundation (Non-profit)
  61. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) (Non-profit)
  62. Rockefeller Brothers Fund (Non-profit)
  63. Rockefeller Foundation (Non-profit)
  64. Rudolf Steiner Foundation (RSF Social Finance) (Non-profit)
  65. San Francisco Foundation (Non-profit)
  66. Sandler Foundation (Non-profit)
  67. Schmidt Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  68. Schooner Foundation (Non-profit)
  69. Sea Change Foundation (Non-profit)
  70. Sergey Brin Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  71. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (Labor Union)
  72. Silicon Valley Community Foundation (Non-profit)
  73. Sparkplug Foundation (Non-profit)
  74. Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation (Non-profit)
  75. Stuart Foundation (Non-profit)
  76. Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation (Non-profit)
  77. Sustainable Markets Foundation (Non-profit)
  78. Threshold Foundation (Non-profit)
  79. Tides Center (Non-profit)
  80. Tiffany & Co. Foundation (Non-profit)
  81. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program (Non-profit)
  82. W. K. Kellogg Foundation (Non-profit)
  83. Wallace Global Fund (Non-profit)
  84. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund (Non-profit)
  85. Wilburforce Foundation (Non-profit)
  86. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Non-profit)
  87. Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (Non-profit)

Donation Recipients

  1. 1Sky (Non-profit)
  2. 8th Amendment Project (Non-profit)
  3. A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund (Non-profit)
  4. A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) (Non-profit)
  5. ActBlue Civics (Non-profit)
  6. Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ) (Non-profit)
  7. Alliance for Justice (AFJ) (Non-profit)
  8. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (Non-profit)
  9. American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Non-profit)
  10. American Documentary (Non-profit)
  11. American Immigration Council (AIC) (Non-profit)
  12. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) (Non-profit)
  13. Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Non-profit)
  14. Auburn Seminary (Non-profit)
  15. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (Non-profit)
  16. Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (Non-profit)
  17. Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) (Non-profit)
  18. California Budget and Policy Center (Non-profit)
  19. Campaign Legal Center (Non-profit)
  20. Catalist (For-profit)
  21. Center for a New American Dream (Non-profit)
  22. Center for American Progress (CAP) (Non-profit)
  23. Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP Action) (Non-profit)
  24. Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) (Non-profit)
  25. Center for Community Change (CCC) Action (Non-profit)
  26. Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) (Non-profit)
  27. Center for Public Integrity (Non-profit)
  28. Center for Public Interest Research (Non-profit)
  29. Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) (Non-profit)
  30. Center on Policy Initiatives (Non-profit)
  31. Chicken & Egg Pictures (Non-profit)
  32. Climate Investigations Center (Non-profit)
  33. Climate Reality Project (Non-profit)
  34. Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) (Non-profit)
  35. Code Pink (CODEPINK) (Non-profit)
  36. Constitutional Accountability Center (Non-profit)
  37. Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) (Non-profit)
  38. Democracy Alliance (DA) (Other Group)
  39. Democracy North Carolina (Non-profit)
  40. Demos (Non-profit)
  41. Desis Rising Up and Moving (Non-profit)
  42. Drum Major Institute (Non-profit)
  43. EarthRights International (ERI) (Non-profit)
  44. Economic Opportunity Institute (Non-profit)
  45. Economic Progress Institute (Non-profit)
  46. Electronic Privacy Information Center (Non-profit)
  47. Environment America Research and Policy Center (Non-profit)
  48. Every Voice (Non-profit)
  49. Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) (Non-profit)
  50. FairVote (Non-profit)
  51. Food and Water Watch (FWW) (Non-profit)
  52. Free Press (Non-profit)
  53. Fund for Nonviolence (Non-profit)
  54. Gamaliel Foundation (Non-profit)
  55. German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) (Non-profit)
  56. Global Greengrants Fund (Non-profit)
  57. Good Jobs First (Non-profit)
  58. GreenBlue (Non-profit)
  59. Hip Hop Caucus (Non-profit)
  60. Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) (Non-profit)
  61. Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (Non-profit)
  62. Lambda Legal (Non-profit)
  63. League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) (Non-profit)
  64. Leadership Conference Education Fund (Non-profit)
  65. League of Women Voters (LWV) (Non-profit)
  66. Legal Aid Society of New York (Non-profit)
  67. Medical Students for Choice (Non-profit)
  68. Mercy For Animals (Non-profit)
  69. Mother Jones (Non-profit)
  70. Movement Strategy Center (Non-profit)
  71. National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (Non-profit)
  72. National LGBTQ Task Force (Non-profit)
  73. National Organization for Women (NOW) (Non-profit)
  74. National Popular Vote (NPV) (Non-profit)
  75. National Public Radio (NPR) (Non-profit)
  76. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) (Non-profit)
  77. NEO Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  78. North Star Fund (Non-profit)
  79. Oil Change International (Non-profit)
  80. Partnership Project Action Fund (Non-profit)
  81. Pathfinder International (Non-profit)
  82. People for the American Way (PFAW) (Non-profit)
  83. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) (Non-profit)
  84. People’s Action Institute (Non-profit)
  85. Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) (Non-profit)
  86. Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (Non-profit)
  87. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (Non-profit)
  88. Ploughshares Fund (Non-profit)
  89. Political Research Associates (PRA) (Non-profit)
  90. Power California (Non-profit)
  91. Poynter Institute for Media Studies (Non-profit)
  92. Progress Michigan (Non-profit)
  93. Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (Non-profit)
  94. Project Vote (Non-profit)
  95. Public Knowledge (Non-profit)
  96. Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) (Non-profit)
  97. Represent.Us (Non-profit)
  98. Robin Hood Foundation (Non-profit)
  99. Ruckus Society (Non-profit)
  100. SCOPE (Non-profit)
  101. Sixteen Thirty Fund (1630 Fund) (Non-profit)
  102. SourceWatch (Other Group)
  103. State Voices (Non-profit)
  104. Sustainable Markets Foundation (Non-profit)
  105. The Indivisible Project (Indivisible) (Non-profit)
  106. Themis Fund (Non-profit)
  107. Thousand Currents (Non-profit)
  108. Tides Center (Non-profit)
  109. Trust for America’s Health (Non-profit)
  110. U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US-PIRG) Education Fund (Non-profit)
  111. UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) (Non-profit)
  112. United for a Fair Economy (UFE) (Non-profit)
  113. Urban Justice Center (Non-profit)
  114. U.S. Climate Action Network (US-CAN) (Non-profit)
  115. USAction Education Fund (Non-profit)
  116. Video the Vote (Non-profit)
  117. Voter Participation Center (Non-profit)
  118. Voter Registration Project (Non-profit)
  119. Waterkeeper Alliance (Non-profit)
  120. RePower Fund (Wellstone Action Fund) (Non-profit)
  121. WESPAC Foundation (Non-profit)
  122. Western Conservation Foundation (Non-profit)
  123. Western Organization of Resource Councils Education Project (Non-profit)
  124. William J. Brennan Center for Justice (Non-profit)
  125. Working America Education Fund (Non-profit)
  126. Working Families Organization (WFO) (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: January 1, 1977

  • 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
    2016 Dec Form 990 $285,614,910 $247,668,231 $257,761,440 $67,157,487 Y $278,107,327 $478,350 $3,036,188 $0
    2015 Dec Form 990 $157,925,559 $166,035,563 $187,041,085 $37,061,055 Y $152,951,446 $439,017 $2,459,412 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $155,948,337 $139,979,949 $173,413,146 $18,815,525 Y $145,855,176 $486,734 $2,830,234 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $114,031,827 $112,649,431 $150,545,700 $8,219,902 Y $106,210,878 $602,046 $2,052,503 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $94,482,222 $103,966,066 $141,039,613 $5,514,116 Y $88,466,974 $642,030 $2,545,457 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $96,474,947 $105,964,453 $156,657,142 $14,227,493 Y $90,793,184 $663,675 $2,892,033 $382,524 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Tides Foundation

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94129-0903