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The Tides Foundation is a large progressive foundation that supports a broad array of liberal causes. Since its founding, the Tides Foundation has doled out billions of dollars to progressive organizations. The Tides Foundation has a unique operation. Donors give vast sums to Tides, and then Tides funnels the money to other organizations. In this structure, Tides essentially functions as a pass-through operation. This system allows the donors’ gift to evade transparency as the recipient will report the gift as coming from Tides.
Tides also supports liberal groups with fiscal sponsorship & nonprofit management, shared spaces & services, consulting, global services, mission related investing, advocacy and integrated services.
The Tides Foundation has spawned a network of affiliated groups. In 1996, the Tides Foundation officially formed the Tides Center. The Center works to “nurture new nonprofit activities.”
Drummond Pike founded the Tides Foundation in 1976. Pike served as Tides’ President and Chief Executive Officer from 1976 to 2010. Pike was a 1960s anti-war protestor while a student at the University of California Santa Cruz. According to Discover the Networks, one of Pike’s main goals in establishing the Tides Foundation was to allow rich liberals to anonymously contribute to extreme organizations. Pike has close connections with George Soros, the Democracy Alliance and the now-defunct group ACORN.
Pike holds some very liberal views. Discover the Networks explains, “[v]iewing the United States as a nation infested with ‘structural racism’ that limits opportunities for nonwhites, Pike favors a highly progressive tax structure… as a necessary means of redistributing wealth. Pike also supports socialized medicine.”
In its 2009 tax forms, Tides explains its mission: the “Foundation’s primary exempt purpose is grantmaking. We partner with donors to promote economic justice, robust democratic processes, and the opportunity to live in a healthy and sustainable environment where human rights are preserved and protected.”
According to Trevor Loudon of the Capital Research Center, “the Tides Foundation and Tides Center are the radical left’s best kept secret. Together they provide tens of millions of dollars annually to some of the most extreme, destructive charities in America.”
According to its website, “to date, Tides has managed project and grantmaking activities totaling more than $2 billion. We have fiscally sponsored more than 800 nonprofit projects, and we are proud to have helped launch a number of important organizations such as Conservation International, Environmental Working Group, the Garden Conservancy, The Story of Stuff, and the League of Young Voters Education Fund. Our growth is a testament to the joint commitment among our partners and staff to supporting positive social change.”
Tides’ vast network is constructed in a unique way. According to Activist Cash:
This anonymity has serious consequences. Since the money is in a sense laundered, groups that are attacked are at a disadvantage when responding to liberal assaults. Activist Cash explains:
Tides also helps start and grow left-wing non-profit offshoots. For a fee (typically eight percent of the group’s income), Tides provides start-ups a tax shelter under its non-profit umbrella. Additionally, writer Trevor Loudon explains, “[b]esides giving a new project its seal of approval the Tides Center performs a notable service in showing new groups how to run an office, apply for grants, conduct effective public relations, and handle the many personnel, payroll, and budget problems that might baffle a novice group.”
Tides works with certain kinds of groups. Writing for the Capital Research Center in 2003, Gretchen and Tom Randall explained that Tides has promoted an array of liberal issues including:
The following are additional Tides groups. Some are Tides partners and others are current or former Tides projects:
Ties with Liberal Leaders
Drummond Pike, Tides’ founder, has strong ties to some of America’s most liberal politicians. According to author Ron Arnold, “Pike has made a number of campaign contributions over the years, mostly to Democratic candidates such as Sherrod Brown, John Edwards, and Barack Obama. He also has given money to Moveon.org Political Action and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.”
Tides had close connections with the now defunct group ACORN (Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now). Over the years, Tides made 11 grants to ACORN totaling $845,000. In 2010, the federal government shut down ACORN’s funding after a series of scandals. It was discovered in “2008 that ACORN chief organizer Wade Rathke covered up a nearly $1 million embezzlement by his brother Dale, the group’s chief financial officer.” At the time, Wade Rathke was serving on the Tides board of directors. Tides founder and CEO Drummond Pike reportedly donated his own money and efforts to keep the matter quiet.
Leadership (as of September 2011)
Drummond Pike, former President (2010 Compensation: $268,636)
Gary Schwartz, Vice President (2010 Compensation: $194,594)
Juane Evans, Associate Director (2010 Compensation: $135,591)
Noa Emmett Aluli, Board Member
Melissa L. Bradley, Chief Executive Office
Joanie Bronfman, Board Member
Stephanie J. Clohesy, Vice Chairman of the Board
Lawrence Litvak, Board Member
Anne Mosle, Board Member
Iara D. Peng, Board Member
John A. Powell, Board Member
Chuck C. Savitt, Board Member
Tuti B. Scott, Board Member
Joel Solomon, Board Member
Veronique Spruill, Board Member
Maya Wiley, Chairman of the Board
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