130 Foundations That Tweet

As a new blogger, I was surprised by the popularity of my earlier post, “90 Foundations That Tweet.” That post was re-tweeted 58 times in 12 hours after I posted it on Twitter (after that I stopped counting), received over 5,400 blog hits the first week it posted, was analyzed for profile patterns by nonprofit social media expert Beth Kanter, helped inspire a video blog with Susan Herr (PhilanthroMedia) and Micheal Margolis (GetStoried) discussing how foundations are using new communications technologies to engage audiences, was highlighted on the Case Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Communications Network, Modern Giving, Tactical Philanthropy, and SocialBrite blogs and websites, and inspired 76 comments.

I’ve updated the list with 40 more funders on Twitter. For your convenience, all new additions have an asterisk (*) after their name.  This includes private, community, family, corporate, and international funders, as well as a few giving circles and other grantmaking organizations. I’m sure there are more out there, so if you know of a foundation that should be on the list please add a comment.  My next post will be an updated list of 50+ foundation staff and board members who Tweet!

130 Foundations on Twitter

  1. Alaska Community Foundation (Anchorage, AK) @AKCommunity
  2. The Allstate Foundation* (Northbrook, IL) @clicktoempower
  3. American Institute for Cancer Research* (Washington, DC) @aicrtweets
  4. Australian Cancer Research Foundation* (Sydney, Australia) @Cancer_Research
  5. Alexander Abraham Foundation* (New York, NY) @aabrahamfound
  6. Annie E. Casey Foundation (Baltimore, MD) @AnnieECaseyFndn
  7. Anthony Robbins Foundation (San Diego, CA) @AR_foundation
  8. Armstrong County Community Foundation (Kittanning, PA) @ACCF
  9. Ashoka* (Arlington, VA) @AshokaTweets
  10. AshokaTech* – Ashoka’s Technology Blog (Arlington, VA)  @AshokaTech
  11. Ashoka’s Changemaker program* (Washington, DC) @Changemakers
  12. Ashoka’s YouthVenture program* (Arlington, VA) @AshokaGenV
  13. Atlantic Philanthropies (New York, NY) @atlantic
  14. Baltimore Community Foundation (Baltimore, Maryland) @baltcommfdn
  15. Black Benefactors* (Washington, DC) @BlkBenefactors
  16. Black Card Circle Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) @BCCF
  17. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA) @gatesfoundation
  18. The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation* (San Francisco, CA) @a_breath_away
  19. Bridge Builders Community Foundations (Oil City, Pennsylvania) @BBCF
  20. The Broad Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) @BroadFoundation
  21. Carl B & Florence E. King Foundation (Dallas, TX) @kingfoundation
  22. Carnegie Corporation of New York* (New York, NY) @CarnegieCorp
  23. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (Stanford, CA) @CarnegieFdn
  24. Case Foundation (Washington, DC) @CaseFoundation
  25. Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (Tulsa, OK) @clsff
  26. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Flint, MI) @mottfoundation
  27. Chicago Foundation for Women (Chicago, IL) @ChiFdn4Women
  28. The Cleveland Foundation (Cleveland, OH) @CleveFoundation
  29. Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina (Charleston, SC) @GeorgeStevens
  30. The Colorado Health Foundation* (Denver, CO) @COHealthFDN
  31. Columbia Foundation* (Columbia, MD) @ColumbiaFdn
  32. The Columbus Foundation (Columbus, OH) @colsfoundation
  33. The Community Foundation Boulder County (Bolder, CO) @CommFound
  34. Community Foundation for Calderdale (Halifax, UK) @CalderdaleFound
  35. The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (Buffalo, NY) @CFGB
  36. Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan* (Detroit, MI) @cfsem
  37. Community Foundation for Southern Arizona* (Tuscon, AZ) @SoAZCommunityFd
  38. The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington (Vancouver, WA) @CFSWW
  39. Community Foundation for The Fox Valley Region (Appleton, Wisconsin) @CFFoxValley
  40. The Community Foundation in Jacksonville* (Jacksonville, FL) @CJacksonville
  41. The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham (Birmingham, AL) @comfoundbham
  42. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County* (Sarasota, FL) @NonprofitSRQ
  43. Community Foundation of Medicine Hat & Southeastern Alberta (Alberta, Canada) @CFMH
  44. The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (Nashville, TN) @CFMT
  45. The Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties* (West Palm Beach, FL) @cfpmbc
  46. Community Foundation of South East Kansas (Pittsburg, KS) @CFSEK
  47. The Community Foundation of The Lowcountry (Hilton Head Island, SC) @cflowcountry
  48. Community Shares of Milwaukee* (Madison, WI) @MKEshares
  49. Community Shares of Minnesota* (St. Paul, MN) @changeisbetter
  50. Community Shares of Wisconsin* (Madison, WI) @CommSharesWI
  51. Crossroads Community Foundation (MetroWest area of Massachusetts) @CCFDN
  52. The Dale Jr. Foundation (Mooresville, NC) @tdjf
  53. Dallas Social Venture Partners (Dallas, TX) @DallasSVP
  54. Detroit Foundation (Detroit, MI) @dfoundation
  55. EchoingGreen* (New York, NY) @echoinggreen
  56. Eychaner Foundation (Des Moines, IA) @eychanerfndn
  57. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City, MO) @KauffmanFDN
  58. Flinn Foundation (Phoenix, AZ) @biozonanews
  59. Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation* (Morristown, NJ) @grdodge
  60. GivenGain Foundation (Switzerland) @GivenGain
  61. GlobalGiving* (Washington, DC) @globalgiving
  62. Grand Rapids Community Foundation (Grand Rapids,MI) @GRCommFound
  63. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (Cincinnati, OH) @GrCinciFdn
  64. Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (Kansas City, MO) @gkccf
  65. The Greater Saint John Community Foundation (St. John, New Brunswick) @GSJCF
  66. Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice (Venice, FL) @GulfCoastCF
  67. Hawaii Community Foundation (Honolulu, HI) @HCFHawaii
  68. Headwaters Foundation for Justice* @HeadwatersFdn
  69. HealthCare Foundation of Greater Kansas City (Kansas City, MO) @HCF4KC
  70. The Hopi Foundation (Kykotsmovi, AZ) @Hopi_Foundation
  71. Horizons Foundation (San Francisco, CA) @horizonsfdn
  72. The James Irvine Foundation* (San Francisco, CA) @IrvineFdn
  73. The Jenzabar Foundation* (Boston, MA) @StudentsCare
  74. Jolkona Foundation (Seattle, WA) @jolkona
  75. Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation (Topeka, KS) @KSDentalFound
  76. Kerstner Foundation (El Segundo, CA) @KerstnerFDN
  77. Knight Foundation (Miami, FL) @knightfdn
  78. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL) @MacFound
  79. Make-A-Wish Foundation* (Phoenix, AZ) @WishAmerica
  80. Micron Foundation (Boise, ID) @Micron_Giving
  81. Milken Foundation (Santa Monica, CA) @Milken
  82. The Moyer Foundation (Seattle, WA) @MoyerFoundation
  83. Ms Foundation (New York, NY) @outrageousacts
  84. NASCAR Foundation (Charlotte, NC) @NASCAR_Foundat
  85. New Profit* (Cambridge, MA) @newprofit
  86. New York State Dental Foundation (Albany, NY) @NYSDF
  87. One Star Foundation (Austin, TX) @onestarfdn
  88. Open Society Institute (New York, NY) @OpenSociety
  89. The Orphan Foundation (Southern CA) @TOF4Orphan
  90. Oshkosh Area Community Foundation (Oshkosh, WI) @OACF
  91. Peery Foundation (Palo Alto, CA) @davepeery
  92. Pittsburgh Foundation (Pittsburgh, PA) @PittsburghFdn
  93. Pride Foundation (Seattle, WA) @PrideFdn
  94. Project Management Institute Educational Foundation* (Newtown Square, PA) @pmief
  95. Rally Foundation (Sandy Springs, GA) @RallyFoundation
  96. Reeve Foundation (Short Hills, NJ) @ReeveFoundation
  97. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Princeton, NJ) @rwjf
  98. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Media Center (Princeton, NJ) @RWJF_mediacntr
  99. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio (Princeton, NJ) @pioneerrwjf
  100. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Portfolio (Princeton, NJ) @RWJF_PubHealth
  101. Rosa: The UK Fund for Women and Girls (London, UK) @RosaForWomen
  102. The SAFE Foundation (United Kingdom) @SAFEFoundation
  103. Saint Luke’s Foundation (Cleveland, OH) @saintlukesfdn
  104. The Saint Paul Foundation & Minnesota Community Foundation* (Saint Paul, MN) @twofoundations
  105. San Antonio Area Foundation (San Antonio, TX) @SAAFdn
  106. Siemens Foundation (Iselin, NJ) @sfoundation
  107. Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) @SCFSC
  108. The Skillman Foundation* (Detroit, MI) @skillmanfound
  109. Skoll Foundation (Palo Alto, CA) @SkollFoundation
  110. Social Venture Partners Arizona* (Flagstaff, AZ) @tkwoganSVP
  111. Social Venture Partners Boulder County (Boulder, CO) @svpboulder
  112. Social Venture Partners Delaware (Wilmington, DE) @SVPDE
  113. Social Venture Partners Portland (Portland, OR) @SVPPortland
  114. Social Venture Partners San Diego (San Diego, CA) @SVPSanDiego
  115. Social Venture Partners Seattle (Seattle, WA) @paulshoeSVP
  116. Social Venture Partners Toronto (Toronto, Canada) @SVP_Toronto
  117. The Stafford Foundation* (Washington, DC) @Staffordfnd
  118. Sunlight Foundation (Washington, DC) @SunFoundation
  119. Taproot Foundation (San Francisco, CA) @taprootfound
  120. United Nations Foundation (Washington, DC) @unfoundation
  121. United Nations Foundation – Vodafone Foundation’s Technology Partnership* (Washington, DC) @Tech4Dev
  122. The V Foundation (Cary, NC) @TheVFoundation
  123. Venture Philanthropy Partners (Washington, DC) @vppartners
  124. West Central Initiative* (Fergus Falls, MN) @WCIMinn
  125. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Menlo Park, CA) @Hewlett_Found
  126. William J. Clinton Foundation* (New York, NY) @ClintonTweet
  127. WK Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, MI) @WK_Kellogg_Fdn
  128. Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County* @WGCHowardCounty
  129. The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (Memphis, TN) @WFGM_ORG
  130. The Women’s Foundation of California (San Francisco, CA) @womensfoundca

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This list was compiled by (1) including foundations I am following or have encountered on Twitter, (2) posting many tweets requesting names of foundations on Twitter (each of which were extensively retweeted), (3) searching for “foundation” on Twitter, (4) adding foundations that were suggested via comments to the “90 Foundations That Tweet” blog, and (5) checking Twitter profiles and websites as needed to determine if they are grantmaking foundations. Many nonprofits use the word “foundation” in their name but are not grantmaking organizations so they were not included. Similarly, organizations that raise money to provide funds for a particular organization, such as a hospital or university foundation, were not included. Additionally, I have chosen not to include United Way organizations on this list, in part because there are so many of them on Twitter (109 last time I counted!) and also because they are very easy to find. Just go to the Twitter search page and type: United Way

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly © Kris Putnam-Walkerly and Philanthropy411, 2009

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36 responses to “130 Foundations That Tweet

  1. Interesting Article, Hoping that you will continue posting. I’ll share this information to people which interested in these service !!

  2. The Wallace Foundation also tweets: @WallaceFdn.

  3. To @Mndsfundraising

    A UK version? I’ve got something similar – not a Twitter list of UK foundations but of UK funders to charities, and sources of funding information. You can see it at

    http://twitter.com/howardlake/funding/members

    Hope it’s useful. I update it as a I come across new relevant organisations, and I’d welcome suggestions of others to add to it.

  4. Fantastic. Now I’m on the hunt for a UK version!

  5. Also don’t forget Annenberg Alchemy @annenbergalchmy. It’s a project from the Annenberg Foundation that tweets information about Fundraising and Board Governance. For more information about Annenebrg Alchemy and to register for our free Nonprofit Leadership Trainings in Los Angeles, please visit http://www.annenbergalchemy.org.

  6. Don’t forget us!
    Community Foundation of Central Georgia
    @CFCGA

    Thanks!

  7. Community First Foundation (Denver, Co) Tweets @GivingFirst. (GivingFirst.org is their online giving tool)

    Follow @GivingFirst for all philanthropy/nonprofit news in Colorado and updates on Colorado Gives Day. This day, scheduled for 12/8/10, is an effort of the Foundation to increase charitable giving in Colorado and promote online philanthropy.

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  9. No Ford Fnd on Twitter yet? surprising.

  10. We are learning the ins and outs of the Twitter world and it was great to come across this article, and learn how others are leveraging the tool. Twitter is absolutely amazing – and we had no idea how dynamic it really was. Its great to see more and more nonprofits are turning to social media to spread the word about their wonderful missions to change the world.

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  12. Thanks everyone for the additional suggestions – check out the expanded list at http://tweepml.org/?t=32797

  13. 130 Foundations That Tweet

    Thanks for sharing

  14. Mark Petersen

    We tweet at Canada’s Bridgeway Foundation. Follow us at @markpetersen.

  15. Wonder how many total followers there are in this community foundation Tweeting universe. Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham (http://www.twitter.com/comfoundbham) has 775. Let’s add them up and be glad that so many folks are tuning in to important issues for all our communities.

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  17. Michigan Women’s Foundation @MiWomen .

    Thank you!

  18. The Rex Foundation (San Francisco, CA) tweets!
    @RexFoundation

  19. Great list! Thanks for compiling it, and keep up the great work on your informative blog!

  20. Thanks to everyone for the comments and suggestions. Glad you are finding the list helpful!

  21. Thank you for adding the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to your list. This list has been so helpful to us. Thanks again!

  22. This was really a great list! Thank you for sharing this. We are following you on twitter as well!

  23. I’ve enjoyed watching how your original list has grown and seen how popular it has become.

    Did you know that you can make an even more useful version of it using the TweepML.com? This lets you create a list of Twitter users, which are presented in a form whereby you can tick and then easily follow some or all of them.

    Even better, you can create the list from any webpage that lists Twitter users, like yours does. So, I’ve just used it to create a list simply be ‘scraping’ the Twitter addresses on this page. It took seconds, and you can see it at

    http://tweepml.org/North-American-foundations-that-use-Twitter/

    I credit this blog post of course in my description of the list.

    The site gives you code that you can embed to link to this list, and you could add it here if you wanted. Or you could create the same list yourself, or for your other lists of nonprofit Twitter users.

  24. Greater Texas Foundation, a statewide education grantmaker tweets @gr8rtxfdn and the ED(that’s me) tweets @gtf_wynn.

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  26. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has not one, but two Twitter feeds! Have a look: @HHMINEWS and @HHMICoolSci

  27. Don’t forget Ploughshares Fund (@plough_shares), a public grantmaking foundation. Our president Joe Cirincione also tweets (@cirincione) and was recognized as one of the “twitterati”, the top 100 foreign affairs twitterers by Foreign Policy magazine.

  28. Don’t forget The Children’s Aid Society in NYC. They’re tweeting too @ChildrensAidNow

  29. The Benton Foundation tweets @benton_fdn

  30. Shout out to you for drawing awareness to nonprofits! Here’s another one to add to the list: Integrated Miniority Aids Network Inc. (Dallas TX), twitter @imaninetwork.

    Thank you!

  31. Hi Kris,

    CaringBridge (@CaringBridge) tweets too and would love to be included on your next list!
    Thanks,
    Anna

  32. Thank you for creating this list. WOuld you please add @MotherWoman based in Amherst MA
    Thanks,
    shalini

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