How Tides and friends dole out liberal groups' funds

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Winningreen Issue Alert                                                    
Part II: How Tides and friends dole out liberal groups’ funds

By Gretchen Randall

Date: March 2, 2012

In our previous alert we discussed how U.S. liberal foundations are financing groups to oppose not only the building of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Albert to U.S. refineries, but also to stop tar sands oil production and exportation of it to Asia via tankers.  Much of the funds have came from groups such as the Packard Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts and of course, the Tides Foundation. As reported by the Financial Post, Tides USA gave $10 million to 44 groups including $1,450,000 to Corporate Ethics International solely to fight Canadian oil production.

The Tides Foundation and its sister groups, Tides Center and Tides Canada, are set up to receive money from donors, launder it and then dole it out to groups via grants so the monies can’t be traced to the donor.  Such “donor-advised” funds are commonly used by the Tides organizations to keep the donors' fingerprints off any connection to groups which may be radical such as the Ruckus Society.  Some recipients are political organization such as Rock the Vote which received about $775,000 in 2009 and 2010 to get out the youth vote for Obama.  Notable recipients in 2010 were the ACLU, Acorn, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club Foundation and Media Matters but many have names which make them hard to determine their intent. See the grantee lists:

Tides receives much of its funding from liberal foundations.  From 2005-2010, the Hewlett Foundation gave the Tides organizations almost $28 million. Other sponsors of Tides include the AT&T Foundation, the Barbra Streisand Foundation, Ben & Jerry’s, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Packard Foundation, Heinz Family Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, and many others.  Together Tides Center and the Foundation in 2009 received about $175 million in donations and doled out $105 million in grants.
Comment: Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we want to conceal how we are spending our millions.

Links: Hewlett Foundation grants database:
Read our previous alert, “Tides and friends Part I: Canada’s sovereignty under assault by wealthy U.S. liberal foundations” at:   To read our report on "The Tides Foundation - Liberal Crossroads of Money and Ideas" go to:

Contact: Gretchen Randall
Winningreen LLC
Chicago, IL
Phone: 773-857-5086