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Tides Corporate Social Impact

Tides envisions a world of shared prosperity and social justice founded on equality and human rights, a sustainable environment, healthy individuals and communities, and quality education. Tides accelerates the pace of social change, working with innovative partners to solve society’s toughest problems. We cross boundaries and link sectors, communities and cultures. We act with empathy and respect. We engage with those whose lives are affected. We embrace risk. We prioritize ideas that can scale.

Q&A

Dan Shannon, Chief Partnerships Officer

Why is a healthy democracy important to achieving your company’s purpose?

At Tides, our vision is a world of shared prosperity and social justice. As a philanthropic partner and nonprofit accelerator, we are driving social change and innovation, tackling many deeply entrenched issues for quality education, a sustainable environment, human rights, and healthy individuals & communities. A healthy democracy is the critical foundation to building that world, where equity is a core value and everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Why are voting rights important to your business?

We see equal access to voting as fundamental to achieving our vision of shared prosperity and social justice and a pillar of American democracy. Across the country, lawmakers and powerful interests are seeking to suppress the votes—and the voices—of communities who are historically underrepresented due to systemic discrimination and marginalization. These forces are dismantling pro-voter policies that expand voting access for all. As a nation, we should be making it easier—not harder—for ALL citizens to participate in our democracy, and especially communities of color, young people, and other underrepresented voices. At Tides, we are working to advance and defend everyone’s right to a voice and a vote—because a just and equitable society depends on it. We believe we can only solve the big issues of our time—economic inequality, racial justice, and climate change—if we have a democracy that is responsive to all of its people.

How do you encourage your employees to become more civically engaged?

Tides employees have a range of opportunities to participate in civic engagement. - Tides allows employees to take time off to vote in every election. - Tides organizes educational events to support employees’ needs to learn about civic issues. - Tides encourages employees to volunteer for civic engagement causes. - A number of Tides employees have the opportunity to work specifically on civic engagement projects with our partners.

What are your company’s other projects to help support voters, protect elections, and overcome political divides?

Tides Democracy Program consists of three primary programs, all of which are focused on bringing greater voice and representation to historically marginalized communities including: 1. The Tides Healthy Democracy Fund mobilizes philanthropic resources from individuals and institutions to support community-led efforts nationwide to protect the voting rights and close the voter turnout gap of communities of color, young voters, and other underrepresented groups. 2. Tides provides strategic grantmaking services to Tides donor advised fund partners. In 2020, we advised on more than $40 million in grantmaking to non-partisan voter turnout, voting rights, and election protection efforts. 3. Tides provide a full suite of fiscal sponsorship services to emerging and established community-led organizations working in the civic engagement and democracy space.

Why did you decide to become a member of Business for America?

At Tides we firmly believe that the private sector has an important role to play in strengthening our democracy, and that it’s ultimately in the interest of all businesses that we operate in a healthy democracy. BFA is a leader in supporting companies in promoting civic engagement. Its innovative and timely programming has benefited not only Tides but also the 70+ corporate partners that we work with, providing them useful tools to incorporate civic responsibility in their social impact work.

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