Our Story

A history of building uncommon solutions for the common good.

In 2000, Carol Newell of the Endswell Foundation and a small group of social entrepreneurs and philanthropists asked: how can we foster a healthy planet and just Canadian society?

Their answer: grow the capital and build the community dedicated to solving the key environmental and social issues of our time.

Since then, thousands of donors, on-the-ground initiatives, and partners have transformed this vision into the vibrant community that is Tides Canada today. There have been many key milestones along the way.

In 2000, we pioneered a unique shared platform that powers social change initiatives across the country from our shared in-house governance and administration expertise. Donor dollars go further, and more time and money go to mission and impact.

In 2007, we coordinated landmark financing for the Great Bear Rainforest agreements, resulting in $120-million to support conservation management and sustainable economic development in the region—transforming the way the region is managed now and for future generations.

In 2010, we launched a new team with deep issue expertise and broad networks. Their task: work directly in the field with changemakers and design strategic granting programs for priority places and pressing challenges across the country.

With regional presence in Manitoba, Northern Canada, Western Canada, and Ontario, Tides Canada reaches beyond surface solutions, working with donors to create strategic investments that maximize positive change.

In 2014, we built on our history of socially responsible investment practices by launching ChangeCapital, a donor advised fund that brings impact investing and philanthropy together to generate greater environmental and social change.

Today, Tides Canada has grown to be a recognized national leader in social change philanthropy. We have supported over 2,500 initiatives with grants totalling $158,403,260 in support of environmental and social change. We support over 60 projects on our shared platform and manage about 200 donor advised funds.

Our vision: a healthy environment, social equity, and economic prosperity for all Canadians.

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