Ever Wonder How Liberal Activist Groups Get Their Funds From The Shadows?

Ever Wonder How Liberal Activist Groups Get Their Funds From The Shadows
— without triggering all the public bells and alarm systems?

Tides Foundations
One of largest USA shadow foundations that only the elite have access to:

Tides.org provides a glimpse into who and what this extremely powerful money machine is involved in.

In 1976, Tides was founded by Drummond Pike, one of the original social entrepreneurs; and over the years the organization has evolved from a great idea to one of the top 100 social sector organizations in the United States. Tides Foundation was started out of a need to facilitate the giving of philanthropists who were concerned with building a better future for individuals and communities all over the world. In the late ’70’s, Tides Foundation founded a Projects Program that nurtured new nonprofit activities and the program became legally incorporated as Tides Center in 1996.

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.

Discover the Networks has a lot of information on the organization and its many grants. :

The California-based activist Drummond Pike established the Tides Foundation in 1976, naming it after a Sausalito bookstore that catered to a leftist readership. The Foundation was set up as a public charity that receives money from donors and then funnels it to the recipients of their choice. Because many of these recipient groups are quite radical, the donors often prefer not to have their names publicly linked with the donees. By letting the Tides Foundation, in effect, “launder” the money for them and pass it along to the intended beneficiaries, donors can avoid leaving a “paper trail.” Such contributions are called “donor-advised,” or donor-directed, funds.

As the Capital Research Center explains: “Under the Tides Center umbrella, the new group can then accept tax deductible contributions without needing to apply immediately to the IRS for tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity tax status…. Besides 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.”

Why is Discover The Network so negative?

Consider some of the “entities” that Tides Foundation has granted money to:
Among the crusades to which Tides contributes are: radical environmentalism; the “exclusion of humans from public and private wildlands”; the anti-war movement; anti-free trade campaigns; the banning of firearms ownership; abolition of the death penalty; access to government-funded abortion-on-demand; and radical gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender advocacy. The Foundation is also a member organization of the International Human Rights Funders Group, a network of more than six-dozen grantmakers dedicated to financing leftwing groups and causes.

Recipients of Tides Foundation grants include many notoriously well-known groups like : the ACORN Institute; the AdBusters Media Foundation;  Alliance For Justice; the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; the American Civil Liberties Union; the American Immigration Law Foundation; Amnesty International; the Border Action Network; the Center for American Progress; the Center for Reproductive Rights;  the Council on American-Islamic Relations (as revealed in FrontpageMagazine); Democracy Now!; Grantmakers Without Borders; Grassroots International; Greenpeace; Human Rights First; Human Rights Watch; the Immigrant Legal Resource Center;  the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; the League of United Latin American Citizens; the League of Women Voters; the Liberty Hill Foundation; Media Matters for America; the Mexico Solidarity Network;  the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the National Council of Churches; the National Wildlife Federation; the Natural Resources Defense Council; the Nature Conservancy (of California and of New York); the New Israel Fund; Physicians for Social Responsibility; Planned Parenthood; Project Vote; the Rockefeller Family Fund;  the Sierra Club; USAction;  and the World Wildlife Fund. There are many more, I just chose a few of the more notable. In addition, Tides has given money to several Black Lives Matter affiliates that have close ties to the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

At least at least 90 foundations made grants to the Tides Foundation over the years including John Kerry’s wife’s Heinz Foundation.  The Tides Foundation and Tides Center also receive grants from the U.S. federal government.

Why Should Conservatives Know About This Group?

For one thing George Soros and his group have dumped easily more than $3 million and estimates are far higher undercover to this group for distribution to his own interest activities according to Network and their research.  Of course he isn’t the only one listed in that 2014 Form 990 —  9 unlisted donor amounts shown are range anywhere from $3million to $30million in the one year.

For another – look at several of their current headliner posts titles:

FB Aug 29, 2017
Google.org has committed $20 million to creating opportunities in tech for Africa, including youth empowerment, digital skills training, and nonprofit support.

FB August 21 at 11:42am
Responding to Charlottesville: we stand with all of our partners — the organizing groups on the ground, the individual and institutional funders in our community, and the institutions protecting our basic rights — in their work to create a world of shared prosperity and social justice. To do this we must listen to, engage with, and follow the leadership of people who are most marginalized…We welcome more people into this fight, encourage philanthropic support at higher levels to bolster the efforts of leaders and movements taking risks. This is not the time to hide — we need everyone’s help to dismantle white supremacy and build equitable communities, societies, and policies.

Sid Espinosa, Chair – former mayor of Palo Alto, CA; currently the Director of Corporate Citizenship for Microsoft Corporation
Steve Zuckerman – Managing Director of Self-Help’s California operations and President of Self-Help Federal Credit Union; prior 15 years at McCown De Leeuw & Co (MDC), a private investment firm based in Menlo Park, CA
Jacob Weldon – at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.; focuses on Global Public Affairs and Philanthropic Investments for the Company; Global Chair of wELCome, the Company’s employee business group for LGBTQA professionals.
Kafi Blumenfield – social justice change-maker; multi-ethnic coalitions advancing inclusive agendas for social, political, and economic prosperity,
Brickson Diamond – leads Salesforce’s stakeholder strategy
Suzanne DiBianca – Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer of Salesforce; named one of Inside Philanthropy’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy and is member of the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business hall of fame

Michael Fernandez, Chair – founder of Quant 6. He leads data science and software engineering teams focused on Big Data.
Tuti Scott – President of her consulting firm Imagine Philanthropy; certified fundraiser from the Association of Fundraising professionals with greatest focus on women’s organizations
Suzanne Nossel – Executive Director of PEN American Center; at one time prior to PEN as human rights advocate and non-profit leader was Executive Director of Amnesty International USA; Obama administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations oversaw U.S. engagement in the UN Human Rights Council
Deepak Puri – VP Strategic Alliances at LogMeIn.com – a leading provider of cloud based collaboration services and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT); held executive roles at VMware, Oracle and Netscape; advises startups and volunteers with various nonprofits including Ashoka, Global Press Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Edward Lloyd – VP of Finance and Administration for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in New York since 2001
Peter Mellen – entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in online business and commercial real estate; President of Mellen Investment Properties

IRS Public Form 990 for 2014 – Gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees received with a total reported of nearly $600 million funneled through at year end.
2010…$126,111,188; 2011…$ 90,793,184; 2012…$ 88,466,974; 2013…$106,210,878; 2014…$145,855,176



Round and round the merry-go-round goes but it isn’t until one begins dismantling the ride that we can see the rot and the threat under the guise of “top philanthropic elite groups” based in the US.  A few dedicated researchers have written about these vultures of society. The conservative public citizens have not been nearly as aware of the consequences of their little projects until the last eight years and in particular the last eight months. Now we learn just how much prior presidents and congresses have contributed of our own tax-payer money to these far left leaning socialist tarpits.


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10 Responses to Ever Wonder How Liberal Activist Groups Get Their Funds From The Shadows?

  1. We ought to register “hardnox and friends” as a leftie headbanger group and see if we can drain some of those funds.

  2. SafeSpace says:

    Thanks Uriel. Your research has answered several of my questions as to how Soros and his pals remain on the loose as they fund the destruction of western civilization for their own personal profit. Reading this, it becomes clear that just freezing Soros’ bank accounts will not accomplish much. Like all things leftist and progressive, their rot and damage has extended its tentacles far and near into most every aspect of our society and government.

    I’m beginning to feel more like I.R.Wayright every day: It will take the actions of an armed resistance to stop these people.

    • Uriel says:

      yep the whole sh*** match needs to burn – AGAIN and AGAIN I say get RID OF THEIR IRS HIDEY HOLE 501(c) Every one of these would be better exposed to taxation and transparency WITHOUT that darn convenient Law but then they knew that when it was written. If interested in trivia – this site is its history

  3. Terry says:

    Wow. I always thought they got their funds from ‘Craig’s List’ want ads.

  4. Hardnox says:

    All roads lead to Soros. Time to lock that bastard up and neuter him.