Samiya Ahmed and Denise Koulis at the 5th birthday celebration for the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ontario (SSE), a project of Tides Canada. Samiya is a 2017 graduate of SSE’s Social Intrapreneur Fellowship and Denise is a longstanding SSE volunteer. Photo: Jake Martella.
In last year’s message, I spoke about how in today’s political climate there’s a greater need than ever to decrease polarization and increase collaboration in the charitable sector. This is why Tides Canada continues to bring together an expanding network of communities, philanthropists, foundations, businesses, and governments.
Our sector continues to be under attack, with a lot of false narratives, unfounded claims, and misinformation intentionally being spread on social media and in the mainstream media. Polarization, unfortunately, is increasing, and it is happening by design. There are orchestrated, well-funded campaigns propagating these false narratives, and it is no coincidence that aligned political and corporate interests are rallying against organizations in the social change sector, trying to frame all of us as something we are not.
In fact, Tides Canada is an organization that is deeply committed to speaking openly and acting with integrity. We do this by collaborating with both donors and social change leaders, by building bridges among sectors, and by working with diverse parties to find shared solutions to tough challenges. This work is needed even more today. We are proud to share with you in this report some of Tides Canada’s innovative work in 2017 to bring people together to create impact and strengthen our sector.
A wonderful example is Powered by Data, a new shared platform project that works with nonprofits, funders, and governments to provide open access to Canadian grantmaking data and increase the sector’s capacity to better use, share, and learn from it. Data is increasingly a part of the world in which we live, but for nonprofit organizations, concepts like open data are often unfamiliar. Powered by Data levels the playing field, creating a data environment where nonprofits and funders alike can benefit.
Another example of collaboration comes from the Northwest Territories. The NWT On The Land Collaborative brings together government partners, philanthropists, corporations, and Indigenous leaders to co-fund and collaborate around grantmaking for Indigenous-led on the land programs. In 2017, the Collaborative raised and disbursed more than $600,000 across 35 projects that are—among other things—providing cultural revitalization opportunities, fostering well-being and justice, enhancing community strength and resiliency, stewarding the land for future generations, and building sustainable economies.
I also invite you to read the story of an anonymous donor behind the Coalition for Action on Toxics, which is working to reduce toxic chemical and pesticide exposure in Canada to protect the environment, wildlife, and human health. Our work with this donor reflects how Tides Canada is supporting a new generation of philanthropists who want to get deeply involved in the projects they fund, and are looking for smarter and more strategic ways to do philanthropy. Our new philanthropy advisory service is providing philanthropists like her with the strategy, expertise, and tools needed to achieve the deep and lasting outcomes they are looking for. It’s a unique kind of support for a new generation of philanthropists who are raising the bar in our sector.
As many of you know, this is my last Year in Review letter. After 18 years witnessing the maturation of this organization from a small, new nonprofit into the remarkable force that it is today, it is time for a change, for me and for the organization. I am excited about the next phase of the journey—for both myself and for Tides Canada. I have the utmost confidence that Tides Canada will continue to grow as a dynamic and innovative force for positive change in our country.
As always, I thank you, our steadfast and visionary community. Thank you for continuing to place your trust in Tides Canada, and for working in partnership with us. Your support means everything.
Together we’re creating uncommon solutions for the common good.
President & CEO
In an increasingly data-driven world, Powered by Data works with nonprofits, governments, and funders to help establish frameworks that will enable the social sector to better share, use, and learn from data.
Tides Canada receives donations from a wide range of individuals, governments, and organizations, including foundations, charities, nonprofits, and businesses. Our donors help us connect and empower a wide range of people and initiatives across the country to take on environmental and social challenges.
We sincerely thank our community of donors for their ongoing support and for working alongside us to build a stronger Canada.
*includes all donors of over $1,000
Foundations, charities, and nonprofits are important members of Tides Canada’s community. Their donations help us lead and support initiatives across the country and provide uncommon solutions for the common good.
In 2017, we received more than 3,100 donations from individual Canadians and their families. Our community of individual donors and their families work with us to support hundreds of social change initiatives, ranging from neighbourhood-scale social programs to national conservation efforts.
Businesses provided generous support to Tides Canada’s innovative social change projects and high-impact charitable programs. We also help businesses increase their social impact by crafting charitable giving strategies that align with their corporate values.
We partner with local, provincial, territorial, First Nations, and federal government agencies to lead and support solutions that integrate healthy economies and communities with strong environmental and social outcomes. Governments can access philanthropic and grassroots communities through our networks and can contribute to existing charitable initiatives that are creating social change.
Every day, Canadians are unknowingly exposed to toxic chemicals in our air, water, food, and more. We talk to an anonymous donor of The Dragonfly Fund about her partnership with Tides Canada and how she became involved in the issue of toxics in Canada.
7th Generation Fund
Alberta Clean Economy Fund
Alexander Graham Bell Innovation Fund
Animal Spirit Fund
AnQi’s Little Angels Foundation Fund
Arctic Marine Fund
Auerbach Family Fund
BC Community-Based Marine Conservation Fund
BC Marine Planning Fund
Burton Family Fund
Butterfly Wings Fund
Canadian Food Funders Collaborative
Capacity for Conservation Fund
Chaloult Wallace Fund
Chosen Waters Fund
CNIS Surgical & Obstetrical Skills Education Fund
Coalition for Action on Toxics
Coast Conservation Capacity Fund
Communications & Broadcasting Canadian Trust Fund
Community Investment Research & Development Fund
Coyle Family Foundation Fund
CPAWS Nova Scotia Conservation Fund
Crumbfree Caribou Fund
Dark Horse Fund
David J. Sokol Endowment Fund
Division of UBC PM&R Fund
Don Rubenstein Housing Fund
Dr. Bik May Wai & Dr. Chung Nin Lam Endowment Fund
Dragonfly Strategic Grantmaking Fund
Emerging Northern Leadership Fund
Endswell Long-Term Fund
Energy Scoping Fund
Friends of Qatuwas Fund
Friends of Qqs Conservation Support Fund
Funding Awesome Fund
Gitanyow Wilp Sustainability Fund
Glenn Powers and Melanie Wong Foundation Fund
Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack Fund
Great Bear Analysis and Strategy Planning
Great Bear Sea Fund
Great Lakes Water Fund
Hollyhock Scholarship Fund
Hoops 4 Hope Fund
Indigenous Authority and Leadership Fund
Indigenous Ecotourism Opportunities Fund
Indigenous Stewardship Fund
Jantzi Research Fund
Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation Fund
John Kenneth Galbraith Prize Endowment Fund
Jokabeca Foundation Fund
Jon Gates Foundation Fund
Language Documentation and Revitalization Fund
Lindalee Tracey Award Fund
Lunapads Global Opportunity Fund
Mackenzie Watershed Fund
Mentoring Excellence BC Fund
Michael and Amelia Humphries Earthrise Legacy Fund
Naramata Conservation Fund
Natural Burial Association Fund
New Literacies Fund
Nonprofit Centers Fund
Northern Manitoba Food, Culture & Community Fund
Northern Ontario Water Fund
Northern Sustainable Livelihoods Fund
Northern Terrestrial Conservation Fund
Northwest Territories Water Fund
Not Far From The Tree
NWT On The Land Collaborative Fund
Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project Fund
OSEA Education and Research Fund
Our Living Waters Fund
Pacific Salmon Watersheds Fund
Pacific Wild Fund
Power of Giving Fund
Prescription for Change Canada Fund
Prospective Conservation Areas Fund
Rani Luthra Charitable Fund
Reverence for Life Legacy Fund
Richardson Family Fund
Rideau Institute Research Fund
Robert Huber Memorial Fund
Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund
SHLF Endowment Fund
Skeena Watershed Fund
SkeenaWild Conservation Trust Fund
Social Innovation Conference Series
Social Venture Institute Fund
Sokol-Rubenstein Family Life Insurance Gift Fund
Somos El Barco Fund
Stand Now Fund
Stockton Fergus Family Fund
Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation Fund
Strategic Philanthropy Course Fund
Street Kids International Fund
Sustaining Design Fund
the deer crossing the art farm fund
The Funding Network-Toronto Fund
The Get REAL Movement
Tides Canada Arctic Strategy Fund
Tides Canada Science Integrity Project Fund
Tlatsini Conservation Endowment Fund
Twin Island Protection Fund
Twyla Roscovich Memorial Fund
Tyee Solutions Society Fund
V. Paul Lee Family Foundation
Valerie Elia Fund
Vancouver Bicycle Fund
Vancouver Tomorrow Fund
Vern’s Community Fund
Wild Faith Fund
YouMeWe Foundation Fund
The following is a summary of Tides Canada grants, programmatic activities, collaborations, and project expenditures in 2017 by interest area and grants made by donor advised funds.
The following is a breakdown of Tides Canada revenue sources in 2017.
The following is a breakdown of Tides Canada expenses in 2017.