Category Archives: family philanthropy

Announcing Blog Team for Community Foundations Conference

I’m thrilled to announce the 2010 Philanthropy411 Blog Team for the Council on Foundations Fall Conference for Community Foundations in Charlotte, NC! We’ll be blogging from Saturday, September 11th through Friday September 17th, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy will be re-posting many of our Team’s blogs on their Conference Notebook blog. The Council on Foundations also has its own blog team covering the conference, so be sure to check it out as well! The hashtag for this year’s conference is #cof10.

As many of you know, a Philanthrophy411 Team blogged from the Council on Foundations Annual Conference from Denver earlier this year. We will also be managing a Blog Team for the Communications Network conference at the end of September, so stay tuned!

Here is your Philanthropy411 Blog Team:

Mike Batchelor
President, The Erie Community Foundation


Katie Bisbee
Senior Vice President, Marketing, DonorsChoose.org

Lisa L. Bottoms
Program Director for Human Services and Child and Youth Development, The Cleveland Foundation

China Brotsky
Senior Vice-President, Tides

CJ Callen
Program Director, CFLeads

Nick Deychakiwsky
Program Officer, The Mott Foundation

Brian Frederick
President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County

Linetta J. Gilbert
Senior Program Officer, The Ford Foundation

Jenny Hodgson
Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations

Barbara Kibbe
Vice President of Client Services, Monitor Institute

Marilyn S. LeFeber
Interim Project Director, Grantmakers in Aging

Lynn Luckow
President & CEO, Craigslist Foundation
Twitter:  @craigslist_fndn

Monica Patten
President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Foundations of Canada

Kris Putnam-Walkerly
President, Putnam Community Investment Consulting
Twitter:  @philanthropy411

Diana R. Sieger
President of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Twitter: @GRCommFound

Nicole Taylor
President and Chief Executive Officer, East Bay Community Foundation

Jillian Vukusich
Director of Community Investments, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
Twitter:  @JCVukusich

Your Team at the Council on Foundations Conference

I’m thrilled to announce the 2010 Philanthropy411 Blog Team for the Council on Foundations annual conference in Denver! This year’s  Team is organized in collaboration with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers.

We’ll be blogging from Denver starting with the pre-conference sessions on Saturday, April 24th.

As many of you know, Sean Stannard-Stockton’s Tactical Philanthropy Blog Team covered the conference in 2009 and 2008.  This year Sean has generously passed the blog baton to Philanthropy411. The Council on Foundations will also be blogging from the conference, so definitely check out their conference posts as well. You can also follow the conference by using the hashtag #cof10.

Here is your Philanthropy411 Blog Team:

Rebecca Arno
Vice President of Communications, Denver Foundation
Board Member, Colorado Nonprofit Association
Board Member, The Communications Network;      Twitter: @tdfcommunity

Teri Behrens
Editor of The Foundation Review
Adjunct Faculty, School for Public and Nonprofit Administration, Grand Valley State University

Angela Glover Blackwell
Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
Co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future
Commissioner, RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America

Ray Colmenar
Senior Program Officer, The California Endowment
Vice Chair, Zero Divide

Paul M. Connolly
Senior Vice President and Director, TCC Group;  Twitter: @tccgroup
Author, Navigating the Organizational Lifecycle: A Capacity-Building Guide for Nonprofit Leaders; Member, National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers

Lee Draper
CEO, Draper Consulting Group
Chair, National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers

Mary Galeti
Vice Chair, Tecovas Foundation
Member, CoF Next Generation Task Force
Twitter: @tecovasfound

Jacob Harold
Program Officer, Philanthropy, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Board Member: Guidestar
Twitter: @jacobcharold

Crystal Hayling
Winner, 2010 James A Joseph Award ; Association of Black Foundation Executives
Former CEO, Blue Shield of California Foundation;
Twitter, @CHayling

Kristin Ivie
Program Manager of Social Innovation, Case Foundation
Blogger, Social Citizen
Twitter: @Kivie

Colin Lacon
President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers
Board Member, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Kris Putnam-Walkerly
President, Putnam Community Investment Consulting, Inc.
Vice-Chair, National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers
Board Member, Community Fdn. of Lorain County;       Twitter @Philanthropy411

Henry AJ Ramos
Principal, Mauer Kunst Consulting
Lead Consultant, Diversity in Philanthropy Project
Founding Member, National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers

Kathleen Reich
Program Officer, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Twitter:  @kdreich

Mike Roberts
President, First Nations Development Institute
National Advisory Committee Member, National Center for Family Philanthropy
Member of the Tlingit Tribe of Alaska

Sokunthea Sa Chhabra
Director of Interactive Communications, Case Foundation
Chair, Metro DC Chapter of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Twitter: @Sokunthea

Mike Shaw
Program Assistant, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Board Member, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Twitter: @mikebaileyshaw

Sterling Speirn
President and CEO, WK Kellogg Foundation
Advisory Council Member, Global Philanthropy Forum

Sean Stannard-Stockton
CEO, Tactical Philanthropy Advisors
Member, Alliance for Effective Social Investing
Columnist, Chronicle of Philanthropy; Twitter: @tactphil

Kimberly St. John-Stevenson
Communications Officer, Saint Luke’s Foundation
2010 Communicator of the Year, International Assoc. of  Business Communicators  Greater Cleveland Chapter;  Twitter: @saintlukesfdn

Aleesha Towns -Bain
Program Associate, Rasmuson Foundation


Rosetta Thurman
President, Thurman Consulting
Adjunct Professor, Trinity University
Twitter: @rosettathurman

Cole Wilbur
Trustee, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Steering Committee Member, National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers
Board Member, Institute for Global Ethics

Richard Woo
CEO, The Russell Family Foundation
Board Member, Council on Foundations
Board Member, Philanthropy Northwest

Looking For A Philanthropy Job? 20 Resources To Help You

When I was searching for my first foundation job, the CEO of a prominent family foundation told me:

“Philanthropy is a closed world, but once you’re in, you’re in. Take any program officer job you are offered, even if it’s a different content area than what you are interested in. Once you are working at a foundation, you’re seen as an “insider” and can network with other funders.”

That was accurate advice ten years ago, and I think it continues to be true. Although I think foundations are generally more open and accessible today than they were then, it can be difficult for someone to “break into” the field.  I was lucky enough to land a position at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, which was tremendously helpful in training me to be a strategic grantmaker, and introduced me to many amazing program officers and foundation leaders.  I learned about this position the old-fashioned way – by networking – but in this economy no stone should be left unturned in a job search.

With that in mind I wanted to share some resources to help you land your next foundation job:

7 Websites With Foundation Job Listings

  1. The Council on Foundation’s Career Center provides national job listings at foundations. Anyone can search for positions, and for $25 you can post your resume (free to members).
  2. The Foundation Center’s Job Corner provides listings of current full-time job openings at U.S.-based foundations and nonprofit organizations. You can also search by organization type, job function, and state.
  3. Grantmakers Without Borders offers job listing with a focus on global issues and social change.
  4. Regional Associations of Grantmakers are great resources for local job listings.  For example, Ohio Grantmakers Forum and Philanthropy Northwest both have job listings on their websites. The Giving Forum lists jobs available at other regional associations, and you can also search for grantmaker associations near you.
  5. OnPhilanthropy’s Dot.Org.Jobs site includes some foundation jobs, although primarily lists nonprofit positions
  6. OpportunityKnocks lists foundation and nonprofit jobs nationally. You can post a resume and also get advice through their Nonprofit Jobs Resource Center.
  7. If you are looking for a nonprofit position, the Donor’s Forum provides a list of over 30 websites posting nonprofit jobs.

Most foundations also list their job openings on their websites. Some, like the Ford and Gates foundations, allow you to apply online.

Search Firms

Larger funders often turn to executive search firms to help them identify qualified candidates. Some popular firms include The 360 Group, Martha Montag Brown & Associates, DHR International, Bridgespan, and Phillips Oppenheim.

Anthony Tansimore, Executive Vice President of the search firm DHR International, offers this advice to job seekers:

It’s not easy to get a job in a foundation and there are many paths. The first thing I do is issue a caution. I talk to quite a lot of people who want to make the jump into a foundation from a nonprofit or from the corporate sector. They think the work is easier and they will make more money.

Second, think about what you’re passionate about. Think about what kind of difference you want to make in the world, and investigate the foundations that are doing that work. Get to know the program officers and ask for an informational interview.

Third, ask about fellowships that encourage people to pursue careers in philanthropy or the nonprofit sector. The San Francisco Foundation, for instance, has a fellowship program to encourage more people of color to enter philanthropy, and the typical fellow is younger in age and career.

Fourth, become informed and share your knowledge. If you know a lot about an issue, write and speak about it so that you are seen as an expert and someone to whom foundations will turn to gain more knowledge on the subject.

Lastly, when you reach out to a search consultant, know that that person’s client is the organization that wishes to hire staff. Do not expect the consultant to serve as an agent to place you in a terrific position, so limit your expectations to meeting someone new and sharing your resume.

If you are under forty years of age and new to philanthropy work, you should check out Emerging Practioners in Philanthropy, which provides terrific networking and educational opportunities. And if you prefer to hang out your own shingle you should check out two of my earlier posts, “So, You Want To Be A Philanthropy Consultant,” and “Starting A Consulting Business? 15 Things To Do Right Now.

How did you land your first foundation job? Do you recommend other resources for finding a position in philanthropy?  Leave a comment and let us know. If you found this blog post useful, please subscribe! On Twitter? Follow Philanthropy411 at @Philanthropy411.

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly © Kris Putnam-Walkerly and Philanthropy411, 2010.

Updated Lists of Foundations, Staff and Board on Twitter

I’ve created new lists of:

These lists will make it incredibly easy for you to follow the funders on Twitter, and easier for me to update. Unfortunately, the format doesn’t allow me to post additional information, like foundation locations or job titles, which are included in 130 Foundations That Tweet and 61 Foundation Staff and Board Members on Twitter.

Just like those posts, these lists are limited to philanthropic organizations that make grants, and individuals who work at grantmaking foundations or serve on foundation boards, and whose tweets include (but do not necessarily focus on) information about their foundations, nonprofits, and philanthropy.

Please let me know what you think and if you find these lists useful!

61 Foundation Staff and Board Members on Twitter

Below is a list of 61 individuals who work at grantmaking foundations or serve on foundation boards, and whose tweets include (but do not necessarily focus on) information about their foundations, nonprofits, and philanthropy.  This is an update to the 16 foundation staff who were originally listed on my “90 Foundations That Tweet” blog post (those with an asterisk * are new additions since that list). I’m excited to see that 67% hold leadership positions (managers, senior program officers, directors, vice presidents, CEOs, and board members). And its not just communications and technology staff who are tweeting:  only about one-third hold communications and technology positions (based upon my understanding of the job titles).

  1. @allieb37 * (Case Foundation – Communications Director)
  2. @AndresHenriquez * (Carnegie Corporation of New York – Program Officer)
  3. @andystitt829 * (Project Management Institute Education Foundation – Associate)
  4. @AnsonF * (Paul G. Allen Family Foundation – Senior Program Officer)
  5. @BrianSasscer * (Case Foundation – Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations)
  6. @broksas (Case Foundation – Senior Vice President, Innovation & Investment)
  7. @cajunjen * (United Nations Foundation – Online Communications staff person)
  8. @carolharmon * (The Columbus Foundation – Director of Marketing and Communication)
  9. @ChangeEvnglst * (Community Foundation of South Jersey – Executive Director)
  10. @cbeddia (Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina – Marketing & Communications Director)
  11. @CHayling * (Blue Shield of California Foundation – CEO)
  12. @danielolias (The James Irvine Foundation – Director of Communications and Corporate Secretary)
  13. @dianefromm * (Project Management Institute Education Foundation – Administrator)
  14. @dkrumlauf (Pierce Family Charitable Foundation – Chief Technologist)
  15. @drsieg * (Grand Rapids Community Foundation – President)
  16. @elzbthmllr * (The Overbrook Foundation – Senior Program Associate)
  17. @ElizDickson * (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Research Assistant)
  18. @elstudio * (Case Foundation – Senior Director, Technology)
  19. @epbro (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation – Communications Director)
  20. @gtf_wynn * (Greater Texas Foundation – Executive Director)
  21. @ibarguen * (John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – President and CEO)
  22. @jacobcharold (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation – Program Officer)
  23. @jasonwagar (Toronto Community Foundation – Donor Services and Marketing Officer)
  24. @JCVukusich* (The Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties – Senior Program Officer)
  25. @jeancase * (Case Foundation – CEO)
  26. @JeanetteBarr * (Project Management Institute Education Foundation – Development Manager)
  27. @jessamynlau (Peery Foundation – Program Leader)
  28. @KarcsiG * (Missouri Foundation for Health – Director of Evaluation)
  29. @KBergeman * (Lancaster County Community Foundation – Communications Coordinator)
  30. @kivie * (Case Foundation – Program Associate)
  31. @Lisa_A_Harris * (The Colorado Health Foundation – Manager of Communications Technology and New Media)
  32. @lewgedansky * (Project Management Institute Educational Foundation – Executive Director)
  33. @marcfest * (John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – Vice President, Communications)
  34. @mstohner * (Case Foundation – Director, Marketing and Partnerships)
  35. @msmithDC * (Case Foundation – Vice President, Social Innovation)
  36. @mvsachse * (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Program Associate)
  37. @PamOmidyar * (Omidyar Network – Co-Founder)
  38. @patrowan * (The Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties – Grants Manager)
  39. @PaulTarini * (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Senior Program Officer & Team Leader, Pioneer Program)
  40. @paultofu (The Cleveland Foundation – Program Officer)
  41. @philanthropy411 * (Community Foundation of Lorain County – Board Member)
  42. @razoobe * (Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Communications Officer)
  43. @RocchiJulia * (United Nations Foundation – Online Communications Officer)
  44. @safosterny * (The Overbrook Foundation – President and CEO)
  45. @saraholdmixon * (The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region – Director of Workforce Initiatives)
  46. @socialcitizen (Case Foundation – Vice President, Social Innovation)
  47. @sokunthea * (Case Foundation – Director, Interactive Communications)
  48. @stephaniemca (David and Lucile Packard Foundation – Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Directed Grantmaking)
  49. @stephenjdowns * (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Assistant Vice President)
  50. @SteveCase * (Case Foundation – Chairman)
  51. @susanpromislo * (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Communications Officer)
  52. @theshackman * (Case Foundation – Associate, Interactive Strategies)
  53. @TiffanyTSmith (Annie E. Casey Foundation – Public Relations & Communications Strategiest)
  54. @TinaArnoldi (Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina -Information Technology Officer)
  55. @tomjd* (Ashoka – Social Media Director)
  56. @tomkaecf (Annie E. Casey Foundation – Evaluation Manager)
  57. @TristaHarris * (Headwaters Foundation – Executive Director)
  58. @victoriavrana (Venture Philanthropy Partners – Vice President, Communications and Assessment)
  59. @WendyLJack * (The Kresge Foundation – Senior Program Officer)
  60. @wheresdabeefy * (United Nations Foundation)
  61. @wilhan * (Skillman Foundation – Director of Communications and Technology)

If you found this blog post useful, please subscribe! On Twitter? Follow Philanthropy411 at @Philanthropy411

This list was compiled by (1) including foundation staff and board members I am following or have encountered on Twitter, (2) posting several tweets requesting names of foundation staff and board members on Twitter (each of which were extensively retweeted), and (3) adding individuals who were suggested via comments to this blog.  Some people were not included because they did not appear to tweet about their foundation or philanthropy, or because their accounts were inactive at the time this list was compiled.

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

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

If you found this blog post useful, please subscribe! On Twitter? Follow Philanthropy411 at @Philanthropy411

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

90 Foundations That Tweet

This blog post was updated on October 15, 2009 – please read 130 Foundations That Tweet for a complete list!

Below is a list of all the grantmaking foundations I’ve been able to find that are using Twitter. The list includes private, community, family, and corporate funders, as well as a few international foundations. I’ve also included 16 foundation staff who tweet – not necessarily as representatives of their foundations, but their posts often focus on philanthropy and nonprofits. I’m sure there are more out there, so if you notice a foundation or person who should be on the list please let me know! A brief description of how this list was compiled is at the end of the blog.

90 Foundations on Twitter

  1. Alaska Community Foundation (Anchorage, AK) @AKCommunity
  2. Annie E. Casey Foundation (Baltimore, MD) @AnnieECaseyFndn
  3. Anthony Robbins Foundation (San Diego, CA) @AR_foundation
  4. Armstrong County Community Foundation (Kittanning, PA) @ACCF
  5. Atlantic Philanthropies (New York, NY) @atlantic
  6. Baltimore Community Foundation (Baltimore, Maryland) @baltcommfdn
  7. Black Card Circle Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) @BCCF
  8. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA) @gatesfoundation
  9. Bridge Builders Community Foundations (Oil City, Pennsylvania) @BBCF
  10. The Broad Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) @BroadFoundation
  11. Carl B & Florence E. King Foundation (Dallas, TX) @kingfoundation
  12. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (Stanford, CA) @CarnegieFdn
  13. Case Foundation (Washington, DC) @CaseFoundation
  14. Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (Tulsa, OK) @clsff
  15. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Flint, MI) @mottfoundation
  16. The Cleveland Foundation (Cleveland, OH) @CleveFoundation
  17. Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina (Charleston, SC) @GeorgeStevens
  18. The Columbus Foundation (Columbus, OH) @colsfoundation
  19. The Community Foundation Boulder County (Bolder, CO) @CommFound
  20. Community Foundation for Calderdale (Halifax, UK) @CalderdaleFound
  21. The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (Buffalo, NY) @CFGB
  22. The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington (Vancouver, WA) @CFSWW
  23. Community Foundation for The Fox Valley Region (Appleton, Wisconsin) @CFFoxValley
  24. The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham (Birmingham, AL) @comfoundbham
  25. Community Foundation of Medicine Hat & Southeastern Alberta (Alberta, Canada) @CFMH
  26. The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (Nashville, TN) @CFMT
  27. Community Foundation of South East Kansas (Pittsburg, KS) @CFSEK
  28. The Community Foundation of The Lowcountry (Hilton Head Island, SC) @denisekspencer
  29. Crossroads Community Foundation (MetroWest area of Massachusetts) @CCFDN
  30. The Dale Jr. Foundation (Mooresville, NC) @tdjf
  31. Dallas Social Venture Partners (Dallas, TX) @DallasSVP
  32. Detroit Foundation (Detroit, MI) @dfoundation
  33. Eychaner Foundation (Des Moines, IA) @eychanerfndn
  34. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City, MO) @KauffmanFDN
  35. Flinn Foundation (Phoenix, AZ) @biozonanews
  36. GivenGain Foundation (Switzerland) @GivenGain
  37. Grand Rapids Community Foundation (Grand Rapids,MI) @GRCommFound
  38. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (Cincinnati, OH) @GrCinciFdn
  39. Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (Kansas City, MO) @gkccf
  40. The Greater Saint John Community Foundation (St. John, New Brunswick) @GSJCF
  41. Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice (Venice, FL) @GulfCoastCF
  42. Hawaii Community Foundation (Honolulu, HI) @HCFHawaii
  43. HealthCare Foundation of Greater Kansas City (Kansas City, MO) @HCF4KC
  44. The Hopi Foundation (Kykotsmovi, AZ) @Hopi_Foundation
  45. Horizons Foundation (San Francisco, CA) @horizonsfdn
  46. Jolkona Foundation (Seattle, WA) @jolkona
  47. Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation (Topeka, KS) @KSDentalFound
  48. Kerstner Foundation (El Segundo, CA) @KerstnerFDN
  49. Knight Foundation (Miami, FL) @knightfdn
  50. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL) @MacFound
  51. Micron Foundation (Boise, ID) @Micron_Giving
  52. Milken Foundation (Santa Monica, CA) @Milken
  53. The Moyer Foundation (Seattle, WA) @MoyerFoundation
  54. Ms Foundation (New York, NY) @outrageousacts
  55. NASCAR Foundation (Charlotte, NC) @NASCAR_Foundat
  56. New York State Dental Foundation (Albany, NY) @NYSDF
  57. One Star Foundation (Austin, TX) @onestarfdn
  58. Open Society Institute (New York, NY) @OpenSociety
  59. The Orphan Foundation (Southern CA)  @TOF4Orphan
  60. Oshkosh Area Community Foundation (Oshkosh, WI) @OACF
  61. Peery Foundation (Palo Alto, CA)  @davepeery
  62. Pittsburgh Foundation (Pittsburgh, PA) @PittsburghFdn
  63. Pride Foundation (Seattle, WA) @PrideFdn
  64. Rally Foundation (Sandy Springs, GA) @RallyFoundation
  65. Reeve Foundation (Short Hills, NJ) @ReeveFoundation
  66. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Princeton, NJ) @rwjf
  67. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Media Center (Princeton, NJ) @RWJF_mediacntr
  68. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio (Princeton, NJ) @pioneerrwjf
  69. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Portfolio (Princeton, NJ) @publichealthrwjf
  70. The SAFE Foundation (United Kingdom) @SAFEFoundation
  71. Saint Luke’s Foundation (Cleveland, OH) @saintlukesfdn
  72. San Antonio Area Foundation (San Antonio, TX) @SAAFdn
  73. Siemens Foundation (Iselin, NJ) @sfoundation
  74. Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) @SCFSC
  75. Skoll Foundation (Palo Alto, CA) @SkollFoundation
  76. Social Venture Partners Boulder County (Boulder, CO) @svpboulder
  77. Social Venture Partners Delaware (Wilmington, DE) @SVPDE
  78. Social Venture Partners Portland (Portland, OR) @SVPPortland
  79. Social Venture Partners San Diego (San Diego, CA) @SVPSanDiego
  80. Social Venture Partners Seattle (Seattle, WA) @paulshoeSVP
  81. Social Venture Partners Toronto (Toronto, Canada) @SVP_Toronto
  82. Sunlight Foundation (Washington, DC) @SunFoundation
  83. Taproot Foundation (San Francisco, CA) @taprootfound
  84. United Nations Foundation (Washington, DC) @unfoundation
  85. The V Foundation (Cary, NC) @TheVFoundation
  86. Venture Philanthropy Partners (Washington, DC) @vppartners
  87. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Menlo Park, CA) @Hewlett_Found
  88. WK Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, MI) @WK_Kellogg_Fdn
  89. The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (Memphis, TN) @WFGM_ORG
  90. The Women’s Foundation of California (San Francisco, CA) @womensfoundca

16 Foundation Staff on Twitter

Below is a list of some individuals who work at foundations and whose tweets include (but do not necessarily focus on) information about their foundations, nonprofits, and philanthropy.

  1. @broksas (Case Foundation – Senior Vice President, Innovation & Investment)
  2. @cbeddia (Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina – Marketing & Communications Director)
  3. @danielolias (The James Irvine Foundation – Director of Communications and Corporate Secretary)
  4. @dkrumlauf (Pierce Family Charitable Foundation – Chief Technologist)
  5. @epbro (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation – Communications Director)
  6. @jacobcharold (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation – Program Officer)
  7. @jasonwagar (Toronto Community Foundation – Donor Services and Marketing Officer)
  8. @jessamynlau (Peery Foundation – Program Leader)
  9. @michaelsmith68 (Case Foundation – Vice President of Social Innovation)
  10. @paultofu (The Cleveland Foundation – Program Officer)
  11. @socialcitizen (Case Foundation – Vice President, Social Innovation)
  12. @stephaniemca (David and Lucile Packard Foundation – Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Directed Grantmaking)
  13. @TiffanyTSmith (Annie E. Casey Foundation – Public Relations & Communications Strategiest)
  14. @TinaArnoldi (Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina -Information Technology Officer)
  15. @tomkaecf (Annie E. Casey Foundation – Evaluation Manager)
  16. @victoriavrana (Venture Philanthropy Partners – Vice President, Communications and Assessment)

This list was compiled by (1) including foundations and foundation staff I am following or have encountered on Twitter, (2) posting four tweets over one month requesting names of foundations and foundation staff on Twitter (each of which were extensively retweeted), (3) searching for “foundation” on Twitter, and (4) 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 at last count!) and also because they are very easy to find.  Just go to the Twitter search page and type: United Way

If you found this blog post useful, please subscribe! On Twitter? Follow Philanthropy411 at @Philanthropy411

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