2018-2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

2018-2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

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Tides Canada is a national charity that enables community-led transformation
for a healthy environment, social equity, and economic prosperity for all Canadians.

We support our partners with the tools, expertise, and strategy to get from vision to impact.

From the CEO

I’ve always appreciated new beginnings, especially this one. I stepped into the role of Tides Canada CEO in March this year with a huge amount of excitement. Before I joined, I knew that Tides Canada had a great reputation in the sector as a bridge builder, philanthropic advisor, and for providing essential supports for community initiatives across the country. But what I hadn’t realized was just how much impact this organization is achieving – humbly, effectively, and with such courage.

My entire career has been in the not-for-profit sector in the pursuit of gender equality, promoting sustainable economic development, advancing rights, and protecting the planet.  So, as I made my rounds to meet our Shared Platform project leaders, staff, Indigenous partners and many institutional collaborators, I learned just how solutions-focused Tides Canada is. I have been so impressed with the depth of experience of our staff and the multitude of ways that this organization is creating real change.

As the stories in this report illustrate, Tides Canada is uniquely positioned to build solutions right where healthy communities, economies, and ecosystems intersect. Our feature project, Digital Justice Lab, is bringing technology back to the people by reimagining Canada’s digital future as one rooted in equity; the Great Bear Rainforest remains a symbol of this organization’s origins and of our legacy; and remarkable donors like Toni Frisby are committing to make our support of community-led transformation possible.

Simply stated, we are committed to real systems change with an explicit focus on Indigenous-led solutions. We continue to be a trailblazer in the North, responding to the needs of Indigenous entrepreneurs and community leaders, including their revitalization of culture and language. In the Pacific, we help ensure the implementation of the critical Great Bear Rainforest agreements is adhered to while enhancing Indigenous-led stewardship of this global treasure.

In Manitoba, we are forging a unique partnership of funders with First Nations and community members who lead local solutions for food sovereignty and healthy communities. We continue to expand these efforts by partnering with Indigenous leaders and organizations that are best suited to drive these land and community-based solutions across Canada.

Because of all we do across the charitable sector, and locally in hundreds of communities across Canada, it has, admittedly, been a challenge to describe succinctly just what Tides Canada is all about. Therefore, in the coming months, we’re working on a branding project to better explain our unique offering and role in the country. Just because we work on complex solutions doesn’t mean it has to be so complicated to explain.

We are also seeking more ways to amplify community-led solutions for the environment, social equity, and decent work. One such way is through our newly launched ImpactDAF, Canada’s first customizable donor advised fund to be 100% invested for impact. The ImpactDAF combines impact investing and charitable giving together to maximize philanthropy for social and environmental good.

The world around us is only getting more politically, economically, and climatically volatile, so focusing on bottom-up solutions with communities in front is key to our collective resilience.

In the coming months, I look forward to connecting with you and the other philanthropic and community leaders that are part of the Tides Canada ecosystem. I couldn’t be more energized to be part of this organization going forward as we leverage our collective power to make more real change happen.

With warmest regards,

Joanna Kerr
CEO, Tides Canada

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Shared Platform Projects

Tides Canada’s shared platform is home to over 60 unique and aligned projects across Canada working on community-led solutions that further our mission. By being part of the shared platform, projects benefit from sharing important administrative resources and expertise, allowing them more time to focus on what they do best — driving real-world change.

Learn more about our shared platform and our innovative environmental and social change projects.

* Projects that were active in 2018/2019 but have since closed.

Digital Justice Lab builds a more equitable future

During a time when technology is so ubiquitous in our lives, Digital Justice Lab brings technology back to the people by imagining alternative digital futures that are rooted in equity and justice.

Digital Justice Lab builds a more equitable future

During a time when technology is so ubiquitous in our lives, Digital Justice Lab brings technology back to the people by imagining alternative digital futures that are rooted in equity and justice.

Donors

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.

*list includes all donors of $1,000 or more

Foundations, Charities, and Nonprofits

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.

  • 444S Foundation
  • Architectural Conservancy of Ontario-Toronto
  • C Government and Service Employees’ Union
  • Bealight Foundation
  • Both ENDS
  • Brainerd Foundation
  • The Bradstreet Family Foundation
  • Building Opportunities With Business Inner City Society
  • The Catherine Donnelly Foundation
  • Canadian Health Food Association
  • Canadian Online Giving Foundation
  • Canadian Women’s Foundation
  • Carrot Cache Community Resource Inc.
  • Cidel Foundation-Jacobson Levine Donor Advised Fund
  • CJ Foundation
  • Clif Bar Family Foundation
  • Common Counsel Foundation
  • Community Counts Foundation
  • The Community Foundation of Mississauga
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • The Counselling Foundation of Canada
  • The Cultural Conservancy
  • CUPE
  • Donner Canadian Foundation
  • Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
  • East Central Soil and Crop Improvement Association
  • Echo Foundation
  • Eco Canada
  • The Edith and Bernard Ennis Foundation
  • The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation
  • Edmonton Community Foundation
  • The Ellis Foundation
  • Enterprise Rent A Car Canada Foundation
  • Environmental Defence Canada Inc.
  • Face the World Foundation
  • Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation
  • The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Graham Boeckh Foundation
  • The Grocery Foundation
  • Groundswell Community Justice Trust Fund
  • The Hamber Foundation
  • Hamilton Community Foundation-Youth and Philanthropy Fund
  • The Harbinger Foundation
  • The Harweg Foundation
  • Heifer International Canada
  • The Helpalittle Foundation
  • The Houssian Foundation
  • Inspirit Foundation
  • Ivey Foundation
  • The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Jackman Foundation
  • James Family Foundation
  • The John and Pat McCutcheon Charitable Foundation
  • The Kiwanis Club of Toronto Foundation
  • Laidlaw Foundation
  • The Landmark Foundation
  • The Lawson Foundation
  • Learning by Giving Foundation
  • Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security
  • Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
  • The Marjorie and Joseph Wright Memorial Foundation
  • MAZON Canada
  • The McLean Foundation
  • McLean Smits Family Foundation
  • McMillan Family Foundation
  • Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training
  • National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund
  • Nature United
  • New Venture Fund
  • North Growth Foundation
  • The Northpine Foundation
  • NoVo Foundation
  • Oak Foundation
  • Pacific Community Resources Society
  • Philanthropic Foundations Canada
  • Power to Give Foundation
  • President’s Choice Children’s Charity
  • Private Giving Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia
  • RSF Social Finance
  • Ruggles Family Foundation
  • The Salamander Foundation
  • Schwab Charitable Fund
  • Sfaira Foundation
  • Sightline Institute
  • Sigrid Rausing Trust
  • Silver Dollar Foundation
  • The Simons Foundation
  • The Sitka Foundation
  • SOD’s Organic Agriculture Protection Fund
  • Somerset Foundation
  • The Sprott Foundation
  • Stephen’s Community House
  • Swift Foundation
  • Taking IT Global Youth Association
  • Takla Foundation
  • TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
  • Thomas Sill Foundation Inc
  • Tides Foundation
  • Toronto Atmospheric Fund
  • Toronto Foundation
  • Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation
  • The Trottier Family Foundation
  • Trust for Mutual Understanding
  • Unifor Social Justice Fund
  • United Steelworkers
  • United Way of Greater Toronto
  • United Way of Northwest Territories
  • Vancity Community Foundation
  • Vancouver Foundation
  • Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
  • Victoria Foundation
  • Virgin Unite (Canada) Inc.
  • C. Kitchen Family Foundation
  • Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation
  • The Wasichana Fund Inc.
  • Wilburforce Foundation
  • Willow Grove Foundation
  • World Wildlife Fund Canada
  • The Yonge Street Mission
Individuals & Families

In FY 2019, we received more than 3,600 donations from individual Canadians and their families. Our community of individual donors work with us to support hundreds of social change initiatives, ranging from neighbourhood-scale social programs to national conservation efforts.

Businesses

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.

  • Adventure Canada
  • Amanda Rosenthal Talent Agency, Inc.
  • architectsAlliance
  • Art By Di
  • Avana Capital Corporation
  • BroadbandTV Corp.
  • Capital Fundraising Inc.
  • Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union
  • Diavik Diamond Mines
  • Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation
  • Dow Chemical Canada
  • Ecotone Software Consulting Inc.
  • ERA Architects Inc.
  • Fortis BC
  • Genus Capital Management
  • Global Property Market Informa Canada
  • HCMA Architecture + Design
  • Hornby Island Diving
  • Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
  • Michael Robbins & Associates Inc.
  • JDL Development Limited
  • Knix Wear Inc.
  • LANXESS Canada
  • Lindt & Sprungli Canada
  • Lower Dean River Lodge
  • Lush Handmade Cosmetics
  • Morguard
  • Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC)
  • Nature’s Path Foods
  • New Roots Herbal Inc.
  • Nimmo Bay Resort Ltd.
  • NPR Limited Partnership
  • Ocean Light II Adventures
  • Park Property Management Inc.
  • Red Leaf Studios Inc
  • RFT Holdings Corp.
  • Rodan & Fields, ULC
  • Roy Group Leadership Inc
  • Shaftesbury Inc.
  • TC Moore Developments Limited
  • TD Bank Group
  • TELUS
  • Tendril
  • The Big Carrot
  • TNMI True North Management Inc.
  • Warner Music Canada
  • WELL Health Technologies Corp
  • Westbank Holdings Ltd.
Governments

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.

  • Government of Canada – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • BC Ministry of Environment – Water Protection
  • Bowen Island Municipality
  • Government of Canada – Canadian Heritage
  • Capital Regional District
  • City of Toronto
  • City of Vancouver
  • City of Victoria
  • Government of the Northwest Territories – Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Government of the Northwest Territories – Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs
  • Government of the Northwest Territories – Department of Health and Social Services
  • Government of the Northwest Territories – Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment
  • Government of the Northwest Territories – Department of Municipal & Community Affairs
  • District of North Saanich
  • District of Squamish
  • District of West Vancouver
  • Government of Canada – Employment & Social Development Canada
  • Government of Canada – Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • First Nations Health Authority
  • Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Government of Yukon
  • Hotıì ts’eeda Northwest Territories SPOR Support Unit
  • Government of Canada – Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Province of Manitoba –  Manitoba Indigenous and Northern Relations
  • Metro Vancouver Regional District
  • Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture
  • Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • NWT Arts Council
  • Okanagan Basin Water Board
  • Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District
  • Toronto Community Housing Corporation
  • Town of Gibsons
  • Vancouver Coastal Health

Tides Canada’s work relies on the generosity of donors to advance solutions to social and environmental challenges across Canada.
Your donation will enable community-led transformation for a healthy environment, social equity, and economic prosperity for all Canadians.

A donor makes a
remarkable gift

Toni Frisby passed away in 2017, age 60, leaving a generous – and surprise – gift to Tides Canada in her estate. We talk to some of the people closest to her to learn more about the remarkable woman she was, and what might have inspired her generosity.

A donor makes a remarkable gift

Toni Frisby passed away in 2017, age 60, leaving a generous – and surprise – gift to Tides Canada in her estate. We talk to some of the people closest to her to learn more about the remarkable woman she was, and what might have inspired her generosity.

Grants

In 2019, Tides Canada and its community of donors enabled more than 200 organizations across Canada to effect positive, sustainable, community-led change. The following is a summary of Tides Canada grants in fiscal year 2019. For more details on grants and activities, please contact info@tidescanada.org.

Tides Canada’s grants are posted quarterly on our website using best practices on open data. By sharing detailed grants information, Tides Canada aims to foster innovation and knowledge exchange across the charitable sector, support more effective grantmaking, and further our commitment to transparency.

People, place, prosperity:
Strategic investment in the Great Bear Rainforest

It has been 10 years since First Nations, environmental groups, governments, logging companies, and local communities set aside their differences and created the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements. To celebrate this milestone, we are taking a look back at the resulting impact, and how the lessons learned have guided our work across the rest of Canada.

People, place, prosperity:
Strategic investment in the Great Bear Rainforest

It has been 10 years since First Nations, environmental groups, governments, logging companies, and local communities set aside their differences and created the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements. To celebrate this milestone, we are taking a look back at the resulting impact, and how the lessons learned have guided our work across the rest of Canada.

Funds

Donor advised funds are a flexible and cost-effective way to manage charitable giving. Tides Canada partners with a diverse community of donor advised fund holders – individuals, charities, foundations, nonprofits, and businesses – who share a passion for environmental and social change.

Programmatic funds at Tides Canada are strategically managed by our staff and support community-led initiatives that align with our mission.

Donor Advised Funds
  • 7th Generation Fund
  • Aguacene Fund
  • Alberta Clean Economy Fund
  • Alexander Graham Bell Innovation Fund
  • Animal Spirit Fund
  • AnQi’s Little Angels Foundation Fund
  • Arctic Indigenous Fund
  • Auerbach Family Fund
  • Aurora Fund
  • Ayalik Fund
  • Bealight Fund
  • Burton Family Fund
  • Butterfly Wings Fund
  • Central Coast Conservation Fund
  • Chaloult Wallace Fund
  • ChangeCapital
  • Chauvel Fund
  • Chosen Waters Fund
  • Climate Action Fund
  • CNIS Surgical & Obstetrical Skills Education Fund
  • Cohen Building Fund
  • Communications & Broadcasting Canadian Trust Fund
  • Coyle Family Foundation Fund
  • CPAWS Nova Scotia Conservation Fund
  • Dark Horse Fund
  • David J. Sokol Endowment Fund
  • Dene Ts’ı̨lı̨ – Dene Way of Life Fund
  • Division of UBC PM&R Fund
  • DLN Fund
  • Don Rubenstein Housing Fund
  • Bik May Wai & Dr. Chung Nin Lam Endowment Fund
  • Dragonfly Fund
  • Draimin-Haddon Endowment Fund
  • Elements Fund
  • Endswell Long-Term Fund
  • Équiterre Fund
  • Friends of Qatuwas Fund
  • Friends of Qqs Conservation Support Fund
  • Funding Awesome Fund
  • FuturePLAY Fund
  • Gitanyow Wilp Sustainability Fund
  • Glenn Powers and Melanie Wong Foundation Fund
  • Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack Fund
  • Gord Warrenchuk Fund
  • Harbinger Fund
  • Hollyhock Scholarship Fund
  • Hoops 4 Hope Fund
  • Illahie Fund
  • Jantzi Research Fund
  • Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation Fund
  • Joel and Dana Solomon Fund
  • John Kenneth Galbraith Prize Endowment Fund
  • Jokabeca Foundation Fund
  • Jon Gates Foundation Fund
  • Joy Family Giving Fund
  • Language Documentation and Revitalization Fund
  • Lights On Fund
  • Lindalee Tracey Award Fund
  • Lunapads Global Opportunity Fund
  • MacGavin Fund
  • McMillan-Dobell Fund
  • Mentoring Excellence BC Fund
  • Michael and Amelia Humphries Earthrise Legacy Fund
  • Myer Fund
  • Naramata Conservation Fund
  • Natural Burial Association Fund
  • New Literacies Fund
  • Nonprofit Centers Fund
  • Pacific Wild Fund
  • Partners in Possibility Fund
  • Perry Performing Arts Fund
  • Planeterra Fund
  • Power of Giving Fund
  • Prescription for Change Canada Fund
  • Rani Luthra Charitable Fund
  • Reverence for Life Legacy Fund
  • Richardson Family Fund
  • Rideau Institute Research Fund
  • Robert Huber Memorial Fund
  • Robin Wheeler Legacy 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
  • Terrevive Fund
  • the deer crossing the art farm fund
  • Tlatsini Conservation Endowment Fund
  • Transformation Fund
  • Twin Island Protection Fund
  • Twyla Roscovich Memorial Fund
  • Tyee Solutions Society Fund
  • Paul Lee Family Foundation
  • Valerie Elia Fund
  • Vancouver Bicycle Fund
  • Vancouver Tomorrow Fund
  • Vern’s Community Fund
  • Wellbeing Fund
  • Wild Faith Fund
  • YouMeWe Foundation Fund
Programmatic Funds
  • Arctic Marine Fund
  • BC Community-Based Marine Conservation Fund
  • BC Marine Planning Fund
  • Canadian Food Funders Collaborative
  • Capacity for Conservation Fund
  • Coalition for Action on Toxics
  • Coast Conservation Capacity Fund
  • Community Investment Research & Development Fund
  • Dragonfly Strategic Grantmaking Fund
  • Emerging Northern Leadership Fund
  • Energy Scoping Fund
  • Great Bear Analysis and Strategy Planning
  • Great Bear Sea Fund
  • Great Lakes Water Fund
  • Indigenous Authority and Leadership Fund
  • Indigenous Cultural Revitalization Fund
  • Indigenous Ecotourism Opportunities Fund
  • Indigenous Stewardship Fund
  • Land-Based Wellness Fund
  • Mackenzie Watershed Fund
  • Northern Manitoba Food, Culture & Community Collaborative
  • Northern Ontario Water Fund
  • Northern Sustainable Livelihoods Fund
  • Northern Terrestrial Conservation Fund
  • Northwest Territories Water Fund
  • NWT On The Land Collaborative Fund
  • Our Living Waters Fund
  • Pacific Salmon Watersheds Fund
  • Prospective Conservation Areas Fund
  • Tides Canada Arctic Strategy Fund
  • Tides Canada Science Integrity Project Fund

Financial Results

Revenue

The following is a breakdown of Tides Canada revenue sources in FY 2019.

Expenses

The following is a breakdown of how we applied our funds in FY 2019.

Leadership

Board

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Andrew Heintzman, Chair
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Justin Ferbey
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Sandy Houston
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Aerin Jacob
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Michael Jantzi
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Ed Levy, PhD
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Peter MacLeod
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Liisa O’Hara
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Jane Rabinowicz
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Jodi White
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Denise Williams

Executive Team

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Joanna Kerr, President and CEO
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Elissa Beckett, Vice President, Development & Strategic Initiatives
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Anne Marie Johnston, Chief Operating Officer