Ruth Bender

As Philanthropic Advisor with Tides Foundation in San Francisco, Ruth specializes in family foundations and global grantmaking. Ruth provides family and other private foundation clients with program and management services. Ruth also manages Tides' global grantmaking efforts, enabling U.S.-based donors to efficiently fund organizations overseas. In addition, she works with Tides' Corporate Giving programs, helping to facilitate both domestic and global giving for corporations and corporate foundations. Prior to Tides Foundation, Ruth worked as Coordinator of Community Development for the Thoreau Center for Sustainability and as Director of Special Events at The Breast Cancer Fund. Ruth is on the Board of Directors of GirlVentures, Grantmakers without Borders and Mountainfilm in Telluride, and volunteers for Room to Read. She enjoys rock climbing, traveling off the beaten path, telemark skiing, hiking with her dog, and renovating her house. Ruth holds a B.A. in Psychology from Colby College.