Tides Foundation is a family foundation started by Pete Muller, who has used his
math and finance skills to make money in the financial markets. Pete still
has fun making money, but he also enjoys giving it away wisely.
In addition to his financial pursuits, Pete enjoys surfing, snowboarding,
whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, poker, and creating crossword puzzles.
He is also a singer/songwriter with
two self-released albums. His interests and philosophy form the basis of our
Things we believe in:
1. Capitalism works almost all the time in allocating scarce resources. It
breaks down when the true societal cost of certain actions (polluting, not
educating our young well) are not realized. The function of government is to
make sure those true prices are reflected, for example, by taxing noxious
emissions, regulating development, or creating parkland.
2. Non-profits need to be run efficiently and held accountable for results.
We donít like charities that spend significant amounts on publicity or direct
3. We avoid partisan politics and most politicians whenever possible.
The Dancing Tides Foundation focuses its giving in the following areas:
1. Health and Human Services
The Robin Hood Foundation does an
excellent job of this in New York City, allocating to over 100 charities and
monitoring their effectiveness. Almost all of the Foundationís giving in
this area is done through Robin Hood.
2. The Environment
We are passionate outdoor recreationalists who are motivated to protect the
environment we live and play in. Kayakers can help save rivers. Surfers can
help clean up the ocean. Hikers and mountain bikers can help preserve
parkland. We want to preserve beautiful places and encourage others to enjoy
them in a sustainable way. The
Trust For Public Land has the right idea. Our Mission statement:
beautiful places that are fun to play in so that others can enjoy them
for a long time.
In order to get better teachers, we need to pay them more, especially in
competitive fields like math and science.
Math for America is an example.
Well run charter schools are another example. Educated people (usually) make
better decisions for our future.
Music is a great source of happiness and well being to performers and
audiences. Governments in other parts of the world spend a great deal of
money subsidizing musicians. We should do more in the US. In the absence of
government funding, individuals should do more. We are most interested in
helping ease some of the financial burdens that developing musicians face in
pursuing their craft, and helping make sure music is taught well at early
levels of schooling.
At the present we are not accepting unsolicited requests for grants.