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The Tides Center received $4.5 million to launch a scalable technology platform and develop partnerships to increase standards for nonprofit accountability and performance.

The center, based in San Francisco, provides infrastructure services, including payroll, legal and employee-benefits services, to nonprofits.

The platform will allow the center to assist a larger number of nonprofits, letting them to focus their efforts on their missions rather than their infrastructures, the group says.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided the lead grant of $4.07 million, while the Skoll Foundation provided $225,000 and the Evenlyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, and the David and Lucile Packard Fund, each gave $100,000.

Kellogg’s investment follows an initial $950,000 grant to the center for strategic planning and collaboration.

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