50 Years After Stonewall

June will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, five nights of direct action that sparked a cultural shift in the fight for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights and liberation. On June 28th, 1969, a group of brave and fed-up patrons at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City, stood up against a violent police raid, and the world has never been the same.

LGBTQ Pride celebrations around the world will commemorate this catalytic event for the movement, and an exciting new project is debuting to collect its history: Stonewall Forever. The LGBT Community Center in New York City is gathering, digitizing, and archiving stories to be included as part of an interactive monument in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

Tides has always been at the cutting edge of supporting a wide range of issues affecting the LGBTQ community, including HIV/AIDS awareness and treatment, marriage equality campaigns, workplace discrimination and school bullying, and trans communities‐focused grantmaking, as well as research to advance global progress on human rights. Tides has provided infrastructural support for leading domestic LGBTQ organizations like the Trans Justice Funding Project and National AIDS Memorial Grove, as well as organizations supporting LGBTQ rights around the world including AIDS-Free World, International Railroad for Queer Refugees, and the Equality Without Borders Fund.

Tides is consistently ranked among the top 20 funders of LGBTQ issues by total dollar amount per Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ annual survey. Tides has, since 1997, made grants totaling $47.2 million to support LGBTQ causes in the US and globally. In 2017 alone, we were the sixth largest funder at $7.6 million.


Which issues in particular are receiving the most funding, and where is it concentrated? Our VP of Strategic Partnerships and Communications Alex Sloan sat down with Tides to break down the trending topics, themes, and funding forecast that emerged from two leading national LGBTQ donor conferences, Funding Forward and Outgiving. From protecting transgender rights to banning conversion therapy to intersectional issues that face LGBTQ communities like homelessness and immigration detention, there is amazing work being funded and so much more to do. Learn more in this interview with Alex: Grassroots to Grasstops—LGBTQ Giving in 2019.


Tides Community Updates

Corporate Philanthropy is Changing

Tides partners with innovative companies like Twilio to leverage all of their assets for social impact. Working with Tides, Twilio can provide grants to nonprofits as well as equity investments in for-profit social enterprises such as Edovo, bringing innovative education and communication solutions to those who are incarcerated. Learn more about how Twilio, Edovo, and Tides are changing the status quo in this video:

Carrier with a Conscience

Last year Tides’ partner CREDO Mobile launched more than 300 campaigns to mobilize a 5+ million activist network, generating 27 million petition signatures, more than 114,000 calls to Congress, and supporting a dozens of protests, rallies, and other in-person events to fight for progressive change. We sat down with CEO Ray Morris to learn how CREDO keeps social justice at the heart of their business plan.


Voices of Kenya

Same-sex conduct is illegal in nearly 70 countries, almost half of them in Africa. In Kenya, it can even lead to up to 14 years in prison. Kenyan activists have been fighting to repeal discriminatory laws for years and placed a law in front of Kenya’s High Court for repeal, and on May 24th the law was unfortunately upheld. Tides partner All Out reached out to LGBTQ Kenyans ahead of the ruling to ask how the law affects their everyday lives. Listen to their stories.

Trans Justice Funding

Tides partner Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. TJFP makes no-strings-attached grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to carefully review every application. Study their list of 2018 grantees to find groups truly centering the leadership of trans people.


What We’re Reading

How Stonewall veteran, Sylvia Rivera, created the blueprint for transgender organizing. (Out Magazine)
Where We Call Home: LGBT People in Rural America examines the structural differences in rural life and their unique impact on LGBT people in rural areas. (Movement Advancement Project)
This Happiness Manifestx is a stunning document by FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund, a Tides partner leading the way in building and sustaining feminist and queer movements and healthy organizational culture.
Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color is the first study to explore the intersection of race, giving, and gender. (Women’s Philanthropy Institute)
Looking to ensure safe abortion access across the nation? Check out Abortion Funds 101 from Tides grantee National Network of Abortion Funds.

Where We’ll Be

Director of Corporate Philanthropy Edward Wang will be moderating a panel on aligning corporate social impact with corporate strategy at the Sustainable Brands Conference.
Detroit, June 3-6th
Senior Partnerships Advisor Leena Barakat will be speaking on corporate advocacy and activism at the Social Innovation Summit.
Los Angeles, June 4-5th
VP of Strategic Partnerships and Communications Alex Sloan will attend Social Impact Exchange.
New York, June 4-5th
VP of Strategic Partnerships and Communications Alex Sloan will attend Classy's Collaborative.
Boston, June 11-13th
Tides will host a webinar on Great Nonprofit Boards and How to Build Yours demystifying common challenges around board governance. RSVP today.
San Francisco & Online, June 13th