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Philanthropy411 List of Foundations and Funder Networks on Twitter

Since publishing my first list of “90 Foundations That Tweet” in July 2009, I’ve been sporadically keeping track of foundations, foundation staff, and funder networks that are joining Twitter.  I’ve created the Philanthropy411 List of Foundations and Funder Networks on Twitter (Part 1 and Part 2), which at the time of this post publication has 607 Twitter users. I’ve kept this list private and am now making it public for anyone to follow.

There are other resources for finding foundations on Twitter that you should definitely check out. This includes:

  • The Foundation Center’s fabulous Glass Pockets site, which provides links to foundations that seek to be transparent using social media and other tools, such as their Facebook pages, blogs, Twitter accounts, etc.  It is continually updated by the foundations themselves.
  • @OnlyFoundations, which is a twitter feed from Cindy Bailie, Director of the Foundation Center Cleveland. It is a continuous stream of content from foundations and corporate grantmakers.
  • 17 More Foundation Resources on Twitter is another post I authored which provides links to Twitter accounts of some useful philanthropy resources, such as the Foundation Centers, media outlets covering philanthropy, and organizations such as Charity Navigator and Guidestar that help donors find excellent nonprofits to support.
  • The Foundation Center’s report “Are Foundation Leaders Using Social Media?” which highlights the social media activities of over 650 foundations.

I will continue to add to this list, and will occasionally update this blog post with the latest number of list members.  It includes the “official” twitter feeds of grantmaking foundations; foundation staff who identify themselves as working at a foundation or tweet a lot about their grantmaking, grantees and causes; staff at funder networks (e.g., national and regional associations of grantmakers, funders who come together to address a particular issue); and the occasional foundation board member such as myself. One caveat: since this list was started in 2009, there are likely people who have changed jobs and no longer work for a foundation. Unfortunately, I don’t know of an efficient way to continually review the list and remove those who no longer fit the criteria.

It is my intention that this list only includes foundations and other organizations that give grants (or affinity groups and networks of such organizations). However, this list does not include United Ways. I have much respect for United Way organizations and their contributions to communities, but there are so many of them on Twitter that it makes more sense for someone else to create a separate United Way Twitter list. I have also excluded foundations that raise money for only one particular organization, such as the foundations of hospitals and universities.

If you think you should be on this list, or if you know of a foundation who should be, please contact me with the name and link to the Twitter profile. And if you see an organization that should not be on this list, let me know too!

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Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly © Kris Putnam-Walkerly and Philanthropy411, 2011.


From the Social Media Toolbag: ComNet010 on Twitter

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Adin Miller, owner of Adin Miller Consulting.  Follow him on Twitter:   @adincmiller

by:  Adin Miller

When the Twitter hashtag for the Fall 2010 Communications Network  / CommA Conference was announced a few weeks ago, I set up the ComNet010 hashtag on What the Hashtag?! While I use any number of tools during a conference to track discussion on Twitter, What the Hashtag?! provides several functions that I really appreciate. Foremost, it allows users to generate a transcript for tweets using the correct hashtags (sadly, none of the search services can pick up on hashtags that have additional characters added to them, such as the end quotation mark that now shows up when you “quote” a post on Twitter). It also provides some statistics on the extent of the Twitter conversation.

Below are some statistics generated from the site. Over the last seven days (9/26/10 through 10/2/2010) there have been:

  • 1,473 tweets
  • 194 contributors
  • 210.4 tweets per day
  • 40.2% come from “The Top 10” Twitter posters
  • 40.9% are retweets
  • 59.9% are mentions
  • 13.1% have multiple hashtags

The contributors number really stood out to me – I’m not sure on the official count of people attending ComNet010 but the conference discussions clearly extended beyond the physical conference space. We managed to engage people who were tracking the posts from afar. That said, we also liked to reinforce our comments – 41% retweets is a lot, no?

The first day of the conference generated 775 tweets while the second day had 540 tweets. I suspect that if the conference had ended at 5PM instead of 12:30PM we would have easily eclipsed the previous day’s total.

The top 10 contributors over the past seven days of ComNet010 posts are listed below. I’ve gone ahead and added their names, titles and organizations as well. Sadly for me, I only met five of them in person.

  1. Emily Culbertson, Principal – Emily Culbertson Consulting, @egculbertson, 73 tweets
  2. Adin Miller, President  – Adin Miller Consulting, @adincmiller, 73 tweets
  3. Keneta Anderson, Consultant –  Quixote Foundation, @QuixoteTilts, 66 tweets
  4. Dana Vickers Shelley, Communications & Management Consultant – DVStrategies, @danavshelley, 64 tweets
  5. Brooke Bailey, Director of Communications and Public Policy –  Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, @BrookeUSC 64tweets
  6. Stefan Lanfer, Associate for Strategy & Knowledge –  Barr Foundation, @stefanlanfer, 59 tweets
  7. Michele Presley, Communications Officer – The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, @MFPresley, 57 tweets
  8. Nicole De Beaufort, Director of Communications – W.K. Kellogg Foundation, @NicoledeB, 52 tweets
  9. Mud Baron, Green Policy Director – Los Angeles Unified School District School Board, @Cocoxochitl, 42 tweets
  10. Allie Burns,  Director of Communications – The Case Foundation,@allieb37, 41 tweets

I also ran a network map using tracking the ComNet010 hashtag, using Mentionmap a visualization tool for twitter from Asterisq.com. The network map helps identify some of the additional hashtags cross posted during the conference.

The last thing I did is run the transcript of posts made using the ComNet010 hashtag. In this case, I extended the search back to September 7th, when the first ComNet010 tweet was posted by me, through the morning of October 2nd. The transcript is available as a Google Doc.

Again, some tweets that ended with ComNet010 or used the wrong hashtag (commnet010 was one) are not included. But, the transcript offers a great resource for further study (in this case I’ve converted it into a Google document, not knowing how long the webpage might exist). Please note the time stamps are set to 0 GMT even though the website states that the posts are in the Pacific Time zone.