Who Should We Follow as We Get Started on Twitter?

We’ve heard a lot about the potential value of Twitter for keeping connected with nonprofits and fellow grantmakers in our community. Do you have suggestions for specific Twitter feeds that our foundation staff and board member may choose to follow as we get started?

New to the world of Twitter? Here is a working list of NCFP staff favorite Twitter feeds from experts in the philanthropy and nonprofit world, and NCFP friends and funders to get you started. If you’re active on twitter and think you should be listed here, send us a tweet @familygiving and we’ll try and get you added!

Experts in the Philanthropy and Nonprofit World

Here are some of the leading Twitter feeds in the field of Philanthropy. In addition to those on this list, you may want to follow your local regional association of grantmakers – see here for a list compiled by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Beth Kanter ‏ @kanter

Let’s talk about networked approaches & social media for training and capacity building for the nonprofit sector that leverage learning and impact.

Case Foundation ‏ ‪@CaseFoundation

We invest in people and ideas that change the world. Founded by Steve and Jean Case in 1997. Take risks. Be Bold. Fail forward. Be Fearless.

HuffPost Impact ‏ ‪@HuffPostImpact

Causes, social justice issues, actionable news and inspiring stories

Independent Sector ‏ ‪@IndSector

IS is the leadership network for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world.

Nonprofit Quarterly ‏ ‪@npquarterly

NPQ is the nonprofit sector’s leading management journal. Tweets on nonprofit trends, news, democratic activism, philanthropy and more.

Kris Putnam-Walkerly ‏ ‪@Philanthropy411

Philanthropy expert & consultant. Mom and step-mom of five. Learn more at ‪http://putnamcic.com

matthew bishop ‏ ‪@mattbish

NY Bureau Chief, The Economist; co-author The Road From Ruin, Philanthrocapitalism & ‪http://www.philanthrocapitalism.net/ and In Gold We Trust?

The Bridgespan Group ‏ ‪@BridgespanGroup

Collaborating with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning.

PhilanTopic ‏ ‪@pndblog

Opinion and commentary on the changing world of philanthropy. Brought to you by Philanthropy News Digest and @fdncenter.

Allison Fine ‏ ‪@Afine

Author of Momentum, co-author of The Networked Nonprofit, host of Social Good podcast. Thinking about social change.

Arrillaga-Andreessen ‏ ‪@LAAGiving2

Passionate Stanford GSB Philanthropy Lecturer. Founder-SV2, Stanford PACS, & Giving 2.0. Author-Giving 2.0. Addictions: My Trophy Husband, Laughter & Generosity

YPC ‏ @EngagingYouth

Youth Philanthropy Connect is a youth-led, new and exciting way for youth involved in philanthropic work to connect through a peer advisory network.

GMA Foundations ‏ @GMAFoundations

GMA Foundations helps you define a clear path to transformative philanthropy, and then walks the path with you as an ally and a guide.

21/64 Philanthropy ‏ @2164buzz

Non-profit consulting firm specializing in next generation and multi-generational strategic philanthropy


Advocate for philanthropic accountability, effectiveness and responsiveness to the needs of underserved communities.

Resource Generation ‏ @ResourceGen

Organizing young people with wealth to leverage resources and privilege for social change.

Council onFoundations ‏ @COF_

Association of 1,700+ grantmaking foundations and corporations providing philanthropic sector leadership, tools to expand, enhance, & advance the common good.

ASF ‏ @ASFphilanthropy

Association of Small Foundations (ASF) is the largest membership organization for donors, trustees, and employees of foundations that have few or no staff.

GEO ‏ @GEOfunders

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is a coalition of more than 400 grantmaking foundations committed to building strong & effective nonprofit organizations

NCFP Friends and Funders

A growing number of NCFP Friends and Funders have taken to Twitter to share their interests, perspectives, tweets, and articles of interest. Some of these are  included below.

Karen Keating Ansara ‏ ‪@karenansara

Sharing lessons learned in global philanthropy from Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, New England International Donors, Partners in Health & many others.

Tony Macklin ‏ ‪@tonymacklin1

Philanthropoid working at intersection of meaningful giving & community results. Happy when everyday people lead community & educ. improvement. Tweets my own

Kate Wolford ‏ ‪@KateWolford

President, The McKnight Foundation; all tweets are my own.

Phillips Foundation ‏ ‪@JayRosePhillips

Through entrepreneurial philanthropy, we focus on helping people in poverty attain economic stability, and we combat discrimination and address inequities.

Ira Hirschfield ‏ ‪@IraHJF

President of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund (@HaasJrFund), which aims to advance and protect fundamental rights and opportunities for all people.

Kathy Reich ‏ ‪@kdreich

OE Grantmaking Director at Packard Foundation, all tweets my own

Overbrook Foundation ‏ ‪@OverbrookFnd

The Overbrook Foundation is a progressive family foundation that supports organizations advancing human rights and conserving the natural environment.

Arthur Blank Fdn ‏ ‪@BlankFoundation

Our mission is to promote positive change in people’s lives and to build and enhance the communities in which they live.

McKnight Foundation ‏ ‪@McKnightFdn

We support the people, places, _and possibilities that help _our state and world create a more _vibrant future for everyone.

CS Mott Foundation ‏ ‪@MottFoundation

A private, grantmaking foundation. The C.S. Mott Foundation funds in four program areas: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area, and Pathways Out of Poverty.

Hilton Foundation ‏‪@hiltonfound

Created by the founder of Hilton Hotels who left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Also check out @hiltonprize.

MRBF ‏ ‪@mrbf_org

MRBF assists people in the Southeastern US to build just and caring communities that nurture people, spur enterprise, bridge differences and foster fairness.

Johnson Foundation ‏ ‪@JohnsonFdn

Creating meaningful change through thoughtful grantmaking. Funding areas include urban affairs & animal welfare. Tweets by Amy Goodwin.

Helen Bader Fdn. ‏ ‪@HelenBaderFound

Family foundation addressing needs in Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, and occasionally beyond. ‪#wkdev ‪#endALZ ‪#MKEyouth

Diane Kaplan ‏ ‪@DianeSKaplan

President of Rasmuson Foundation

The Belk Foundation ‏ ‪@belkfoundation

Investing in excellent public education for students in Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL.

FCFox Foundation ‏ ‪@FCFoxFamFound

The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation’s mission is to maximize the potential of children and youth in our communities.

Tarsadia Foundation ‏ ‪@TarsadiaService

The Tarsadia Foundation works toward improving people’s lives through grant funding, philanthropy, and strengthening the capacity of non-profit organizations.

Lenore Hanisch ‏ ‪@LenoreTilts

Quixote Foundation Co-ED

Katherine Lorenz ‏ ‪@katherinelorenz

President of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation; interested in strategic philanthropy, next gen giving, clean energy, climate change, and amaranth!

Phillip Henderson ‏ ‪@philliphenderso

President of the Surdna Foundation

Rasmuson Foundation ‏ ‪@rasmuson

Rasmuson Foundation is a private family foundation. Mission: To promote a better life for Alaskans.

W.C.Graustein Fund ‏ ‪@WCGMemorialFund

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund works collaboratively to improve education for CT’s children. Policy Associate Dave Martin is tweeting. ‪#ECE

Haas, Jr. Fund ‏ ‪@HaasJrFund

The Haas Jr. Fund seeks to fulfill our founders’ vision of a just & caring society where all people are able to live, work & raise their families with dignity.

Are you a current Friend of the National Center that is active on Twitter? What other funders are you following on Twitter? Please let us know.