Tides Center

San Francisco, CA

Tides Center
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Tides Center is a nonprofit focused on human services. With $150m in revenue and 828 employees, it is a relatively large organization. Founded in 1995, Tides Center is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 84% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $124m.

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Mission and Work


Our VisionA world of shared prosperity & social justice founded on:Equality & human rightsSustainable environmentQuality educationHealthy individuals & communitiesOur MissionTides accelerates the pace of social change, working with innovative partners to solve societys toughest problems.Our ApproachWe cross boundaries and link sectors, communities and culturesWe act with empathy and respectWe engage with those whose lives are affectedWe embrace riskWe prioritize ideas that can scale.


$90.6m annual program spend • Within our largest area of impact, Tides projects work multilaterally to create more equal opportunity and equitable treatment for all. Projects focus on ethnic and racial equity, economic opportunity, human rights policies, reproductive justice, refugee aid, and increased civic engagement. Several programs worked to end homelessness by providing transitional housing and social services. Others advocated for issues such as the social and economic empowerment of women and girls, access to quality health care, and criminal justice reform.


$9.0m annual program spend • In 2017, Tides projects enriched the education of youth and adults living in local, underserved communities, focusing on areas such as leadership development, arts education, health and nutrition, family self-sufficiency, and STEM. Internationally, Tides projects provided training in public health practices for healthcare providers and in effective condom usage to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Other Tides projects instituted a variety of programs that ranged from educating men to advocating against domestic violence, to supporting qualified candidates searching for careers in higher education, to exploring the intersection of the arts and social justice.


$5.1m annual program spend • In 2017, Tides projects worked in the areas of environmental sustainability, climate change, and sustainable agriculture practices. Programs worked at the local level to address environmental issues facing low-income, marginalized communities, as well as at the national and international levels to spearhead campaigns for the preservation of our natural environment and animal welfare. Tides projects advocated for a more just, clean, and sustainable world from a variety of perspectives, from reducing environmental mercury exposure to developing regional food systems and enhancing food security to supporting the Farm to School food movement.

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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.

Learn more about Tides’ vision, mission and approach.

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.

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