Former master of a vast and intricate
Empire of the Left: the mature
Tides Network, product of a talented, intelligent, and
cunning fundraising wizard. Pike has mentored, guided, or directed
grants to more tax exempt organizations than anyone else in the world.
His career parallels that of
Mailman, wealthy heir who has personally founded or funded
social-responsibility business initiatives and
left-wing grantmaking foundations
than anyone else in the world.
profile for details.
Resigned September 2010 from Tides, hired April 2011 by Equilibrium
Capital Group as Principal.
His history and connections:
CEO 2007 Salary
$212,974, benefits $33,097
President 2002 Salary
$78,200, benefits $13,294
2007 salary $0.
President and Director 2002 Salary $78,200, benefits $13,294
2007 salary $0
Institute for New Economic Thinking
Board Member (with five others)
- board member
Compensation for board director
Salary $8,500, benefits $1,445
Environmental Working Group
Solidago Foundation, former Director
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Pike is co-founder and president of the Tides Foundation
(1976) and Tides Center (1992).
The Tides Foundation is
a pass-through for other foundations’ money.
Tides Foundation is a public charity, not a private foundation.
Tides Foundation passes other foundations' money
to a spectrum of
left-wing organizations which the
original donors would not or could not support on
The Tides Center
shelters a wide variety of leftist “social
change” groups under its legal and
tax-exempt status, providing management and payroll
services, fundraising assistance, and legal counsel for an 8% fee, while the groups
themselves operate their own projects and programs. Because none of the more than 260 projects under
the Tides umbrella files its own Form 990 with the IRS, their finances
are totally secret and not available for public inspection, an issue
that requires congressional remedy.
Drummond's power connections as of 2009:
Network of Grantmakers (1980), which remains an important source of
funding for left wing political activism.
President and Director,
a 501(c)(4) lobbying organization funded
by individuals and foundations to influence legislators in passing
eGrants.org, created by Tides Foundation,
“a nonprofit focused on Internet fundraising”
(only for left-wing anti-capitalist groups).
Highwater, Inc., a private corporation wholly owned by Tides
Foundation. Highwater was a general partner in Thoreau Center Partners,
LP, which leased office space to the Tides Center at $219,202
Co-founder (with John
Harrington), director and
shareholder of Working Assets, a
left-wing telephone and credit card firm
that sells its services to the Tides Center.
Solidago Foundation, created by Pike to fund the Tides Foundation.
Charities - Board Member
Entertainment Fund (CPEF) - Treasurer / Director
- Treasurer / Director
Foundation (Canada) - Chairman
Working Group - Treasurer
Project Institute Inc (GEPI)
- Secretary / Board Member
Harding Rock Fund - President
Foundation Inc - Director
- Center forResource Economics - Board of Directors
League of Young
Voters - Director
Foundation - Treasurer
Nathan M. Ohrbach Foundation Inc
- Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer
Network for Good
Inc - Board Member
Rouhana Family Foundation Inc. - Vice President
Foundation - Director
Fund - CEO / Ex officio
Foundation - Founding Chair
- CEO / Ex officio
Tides Center (PA)
- Director / CEO
= CEO / Ex Offico
Tides Two Rivers
Fund - CEO / Ex Officio
CEO / Ex Officio
Foundation - Trustee
Ehrmann Families Foundations - Director
Drummond MacGavin Pike
Drummond Pike was born in San Rafael, California in
1948, the third of four brothers. His father, Peter Pike, was an
investment banker. His mother, Catherine Cline Pike, was Marin County’s
first female pediatrician.
Although Drummond Pike came from a
well-off family, he was not the heir of a great fortune, as were so many
other leftist philanthropists of his generation, such as Joshua Mailman
and his secretive "Doughnuts" group of wealthy heirs,
which included Jeffrey Bronfman of the Seagram's whiskey fortune, and
Harriett McKnight Crosby from two fortunes, the McKnight timber, real
estate and skyscraper money and the Crosby General Mills money. The
Doughnuts took over the U.K.-based Threshold Foundation in 1981 and in
1984 made it a project of Tides
Foundation to pool their inherited wealth and fund leftist groups that
could do a lot with a little. Pike remained a Director of Threshold
Foundation when it incorporated independently in 1986, and remains
today. He is now a millionaire himself.
Pike's leadership talent showed
early. He majored in political science at the University of
California at Santa Cruz and gained note as an anti-Viet Nam War
protester. He was selected as campus representative to the Board of
Regents during his senior year in 1969, where he was known as an
aggressive student-power advocate.
In 1970, activists from the Ford Foundation-created
Center for Community Change set up The Youth Project in Washington,
D.C. with Pike as associate director. It was a pass-through
funding group (which would
plant the seeds of later tactics in Pike's
mind) of rich young heirs who financed poor young activists
in anti-business community organizing.
The Center for Community Change
itself was funded by early progressive
foundations: the Stern Family Fund, Needmor Fund, Abelard Foundation,
DJB Foundation, J.M. Kaplan Fund, Helen Lehman Buttenwieser’s Joint
Foundation Support, and Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust, giving Pike
his first big-money connections.
Pike earned a master’s degree in political science at
Rutgers University while with the Project, then returned West to open
its San Francisco office, but was soon hired away by Youth Project
funder Alan Stephen Davis, son of insurance mogul (and AARP co-founder)
Leonard Davis, to lead his Shalan Foundation, which was incorporated in
New York (in 1969,
Chittenango Trust and the ML.com Charitable Lead Trust), but housed in San Francisco. "Shalan"
was a compressed portmanteau of his wife Shane's first name and his own
In 1976, when Pike had just joined Shalan
(or so the official story goes), a young
couple from New Mexico approached him with a problem: they wanted to
donate anonymously and needed a public foundation to handle their
grants. Shalan couldn’t accommodate them, so Pike and Jane Bagley
Lehman, Reynolds tobacco heiress and president of Arca Foundation (1970-1980),
co-founded the Tides Foundation as a public charity to help them.
That may be true, but it hardly seems a credible
reason for a savvy and seasoned person of exceptional wealth such as
Jane Bagley Lehman to fund and lead a substantial startup foundation.
The more likely story is that
Lehman, who had just moved to California from New York, thought up the foundation idea herself after meeting Pike and
seeing his talent in action. The Tides name evidently came from Pike,
for a Sausalito bookstore where leftist readers and writers mixed.
Lehman completely controlled the Tides Foundation, serving
as its board chair until her death in 1988.
Her daughter Susan Lehman
Carmichael served as a member of the board of
directors of both the Tides Foundation and the Tides Center until 2000.
Other donors came, and Pike ran Tides
"out of his desk
drawer at Shalan" for several years
- another unlikely story. If it was run out of
anybody's desk drawer, it was more likely Lehman's nearby facilities. Pike's first big coup was helping
Norman Lear create People for the American Way in 1980, when he also
helped establish the National Network of Grantmakers, today the premier
self-described "progressive" donor association
for the far left.
In 1981 Davis gave Pike a year to separate. At year
end, Pike and Tides went independent and rented offices with Lyman
Casey’s Bothin Helping Fund.
Pike's empire has grown into what
is being called the "Tides Family of Organizations," run by the
Tides Network, a sort of tax-exempt holding company
that rules many non-profit subsidiaries.
Wade Rathke, controversial ACORN co-founder,
was a Tides director from the start and chaired
Tides, Inc. until 2010, when he was forced to resign in a money scandal..
Pike married Elizabeth "Liza" Cohen in 1982, a
Berkeley grad who helped create Resource Media for environmental group
They have two children, Rachel Catherine (1984), a
Gates Scholar at Cambridge in chemistry (she spent her junior year in
Tanzania), and Maxwell MacGavin (1987), who graduated from Marin Academy
prep school in 2005 and volunteered with ACORN Relief’s Hurricane
Katrina project in Houston, Texas.
Pike and his wife live in an ocean-view home in Mill Valley, an
upscale suburb north of San Francisco, just across the Golden Gate. They
also own a million-dollar chalet near Donner Summit in Truckee,
California. We do not disclose personal locations.
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