Drummond Pike

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A progressive with a long career in charitable and social enterprise, Pike helped pioneer broad use of donor-advised funds in philanthropy. He is an active investor is sustainability-focused early stage companies.

  • Early in his career, Pike served as Associate Director of the Washington D.C. based Youth followed by six years as Executive Director of the Shalan Foundation in San Francisco.
  • Founder, 1976, the Tides Foundation, the first stand-alone donor-advised fund in the United States.
  • In 1994, founded the Advocacy Fund, a key sponsor of advocacy initiatives focused on immigration, climate change, and the eldercare workforce.
  • In 1996, Pike established the Tides Center, an incubator that emerged as a key provider of infrastructure to the nonprofit community.
  • In 1999, founded Groundspring.com, originally called eGrants, an on-line giving platform that merged with Network for Good in 2006.
  • Also founded, in 2003, Tides Inc.; in 2004, Tides Shared Spaces; and in 2006, the Tides Network where he served as CEO of all until November 2010. By 2010, Tides was often ranked among the top 100 charitable enterprises in the US.
  • March 2011-2014, was a Principal with Equilibrium Capital, an investment firm focused on sustainability-driven real assets.
  • Board of Directors of Working Assets (Credo Mobile), a telecommunications company.
  • Non-Profit Boards: Environmental Working Group, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, JK Irwin Foundation, Livingre Foundation, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Member of the Investment Committee for the Jerome L. Greene Foundation in NY.
  • Board Member: GrowStone LLC.
  • B.A. Political Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 1970; Master’s Degree, Political Science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University