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Shifting Power to Build Movements

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From Our Leadership

Janiece Evans-Page



Tides CEO

In 2022, we became more intentional about partnering with our vast network of donors and community leaders to shift power to communities that have historically faced systemic barriers to opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of our partners, we were able to provide critical funding to frontline community groups who are closing the voter turnout gap, protecting reproductive freedom, and addressing environmental hazards that disproportionately threaten the well-being of Black and Brown communities. Through collaborations and direct influence, we will continue to move resources to proximate leaders and support communities that have been harmed by inequitable policies and practices. This year is a testament of what is possible when we work together, lift every voice, and lean into our vision for a more just and equitable world.

Rosyln Dawson Thompson

Dawson Thompson

Dawson Thompson

Tides Board Chair

This past year, Tides deepened its commitment to shifting power in philanthropy. Our Board took strategic action to transform our governance model and better align with the needs of our organization and partners. Recognizing that true social justice requires a redistribution of power both internally and externally, we worked to ensure that the voices of community leaders and those most impacted by injustice are prioritized in all decision-making processes. As we reflect on our progress in 2022, we remain committed to examining and dismantling systems that perpetuate inequities. Thank you for joining us in this critical work.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement
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Public Rights Project

Communities' Rights

The Public Rights Project aims to close the gap between mandated laws and the reality of the implications of those laws, particularly in underserved and BIPOC communities. PRP works with state, local, and tribal governments to ensure that legal rights are enforced.

Whether it's repairing relationships between a community and police, seeking protections against racial discrimination in housing, or protecting low-income neighborhoods from illegal dumping and toxic water, PRP works to enforce state, local, and tribal government laws to ensure communities' rights are protected.

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"We are literally changing our strategies, at a minimum, on a weekly basis — but really on a daily basis — as we're seeing new threats."

Cliff Albright
Co-founder, Black Voters Matter
Capacity Building Institute
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Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute

Guarding Voters' Rights

2022 was a pivotal year for American democracy. It marked the first national election following the armed insurrection of January 6, 2021. Tides Foundation's Healthy Democracy Fund grantees help protect our democracy from threats such as election denial, mis- and disinformation, voter suppression, and gerrymandering.

Protecting Democracy Through Grassroots Efforts

Tides brought together a panel of Healthy Democracy Fund grantees — grassroots organizations working to protect voting rights of marginalized communities — to share strategies on how funders can play a role in building a multiracial democracy. Hear the voices of the HDF grantees.

The Healthy Democracy Fund, a Tides Foundation initiative, builds partnerships with and grows sustained support for grantees organizing at the state level to protect democracy not just for their community, but for all of us.

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Reproductive Justice

“I never thought I would see the day that a fundamental civil right for half of the population would be taken away in this country. It is more important than ever that organizations advancing women’s rights and outreach programs ensuring access to safe and legal abortion, reproductive health, and prenatal care have the financial resources they need to do their lifesaving work. I believe in the United States and I believe that we will not only regain the right to choose, but one day actually secure full equality.”

Cyndi Lauper
Artist, Activist

Girls Just Want to Have Fundamental Rights Fund

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The Girls Just Want To Have Fundamental Rights Fund is a donor advised fund of Tides Foundation launched in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The fund financially supports women’s issues in an inclusive way and represents the next step as a long-standing advocate for abortion rights, women, and the LGBTQ+ community.

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Jane Bagley Lehman Award Fund

Supporting Reproductive Justice Advocates

Working with policymakers to pass bills that guarantee emergency contraception for rape and incest survivors to galvanizing and energizing women to stand up for their reproductive rights, the Tides Foundation's Jane Bagley Lehman (JBL) Award Fund presented the 2022 JBL Award to changemakers who are diligently building movements at the intersection of reproductive justice and civic engagement.


Strategies to Move Forward In a Post-Roe World

In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Tides’ Corporate and Strategic Initiatives team hosted a reproductive justice-focused convening to lift up the voices and insights from grassroots movement leaders. Hear the voices of our partners.

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"Amidst all of the heartbreak and the suffering that our communities endure, we have to be intentional about finding joy. It helps in terms of healing and in sustaining ourselves in the journey."

Jacqueline Patterson
Founder and Executive
Director of The Chisholm
Legacy Project
The Chisholm Legacy Project

Strengthening Power of BIPOC Movement Leaders

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Photo credit: Tyrone Turner / Heinz Awards

As the climate crisis continues to be a defining issue of our time, BIPOC community leaders, particularly Black women, are stepping into the forefront of this movement. Climate justice leader Jacqueline Patterson shared how The Chisholm Legacy Project centers leaders on the front lines by providing the resources and tools they need to transform society from an extractive economy to a sustainable, living economy.

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“Frontline communities have been organizing across the line, both on the inside and on the outside, using a meta strategy that involves not only fighting the bad but building the new.”

Angela Mahecha
Director, Environmental
Justice Movement Fellowship,
FJF IAC Member
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Protecting Communities' Rights to Living In Healthy Environments

Tides Foundation launched the Frontline Justice Fund, a pooled grantmaking initiative supporting frontline community groups fighting for environmental and climate justice through legal advocacy. The Frontline Justice Fund bolsters these groups by ensuring they have the resources they need to succeed and thrive beyond the courtroom.

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Convening Donors to Fight Against Environmental Racism

Tides Foundation launched its first climate justice donor gathering in support of strengthening the power of social movement leaders. We spoke with Angela Mahecha, program director at the Tishman Environment and Design Center, to discuss the impact of the Environmental Justice for All Act (EJA), Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and how environmental racism is driving policy.

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Tides by The Numbers
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