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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 … Continue reading 130 Foundations That Tweet

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17 More Foundation Resources on Twitter

As a follow up to 21 Community Foundations, 90 Foundations, and 20 Funder Networks That Tweet, here are more 17 foundation resources you should follow on twitter. Foundation Center The Foundation Center is a fabulous national organization whose mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. The Foundation Center offers a searchable directory of foundations; free or low-cost webinars, workshops and classes; resources such as Philanthropy News Digest and PubHub; useful research on the impact of the economic crisis on foundations and nonprofits; and friendly librarians who are happy to help you. They have offices in five US cities (Cleveland, San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC, and Atlanta), all of which tweet, and hundreds … Continue reading 17 More Foundation Resources on Twitter

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20 Funder Networks That Tweet

There was so much interest in last month’s post of 90 Foundations That Tweet that I wanted to expand on it by sharing a list of funder networks on Twitter. What is a Funder Network? According to the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers: Funder networks consist of grantmakers organized around a specific funding issue, geographic location, or identity-based community that come together to build their skills, capacity, and impact.  The networks: come in all shapes and sizes, including small and large private foundations, individual donors, community foundations, and philanthropists recognize the benefits of pooling resources, sharing knowledge, and benefiting from each other’s experiences increase resources for and focus attention on issues or underserved sectors Below are 20 funder networks … Continue reading 20 Funder Networks That Tweet

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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. … Continue reading 90 Foundations That Tweet

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21 Community Foundations That Tweet

An increasing number of foundations, including community foundations, are now using Twitter.  I’ve found 21 so far, and I am sure there are more out there.  Below is a list, including links to their twitter profiles. 21 Community Foundations That Tweet Alaska Community Foundation (Anchorage, AK) @AKCommunity Baltimore Community Foundation (Baltimore, Maryland) @baltcommfdn Bridge Builders Community Foundations (Oil City, Pennsylvania) @BBCF Community Foundation for Calderdale (Halifax, UK) @CalderdaleFound Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region (Appleton, Wisconsin) @CFFoxValley Community Foundation of Medicine Hat & Southeastern Alberta (Alberta, Canada) @CFMH Community Foundation of South East Kansas (Pittsburg, KS) @CFSEK Crossroads Community Foundation (MetroWest area of Massachusetts) @CCFDN Grand Rapids Community Foundation (Grand Rapids,MI) @GRCommFound Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (Kansas City, … Continue reading 21 Community Foundations That Tweet

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Starting A Consulting Business? 15 Things To Do Right Now

In my last post, “So, You Want To Be A Philanthropy Consultant?” I offered 5 questions to consider if you want to become a philanthropy consultant.  No matter what your industry, if you want to take the consulting plunge, here are 15 practical things you should do right away: Open a business checking account – This is really quite simple. If you like your current bank, walk in and explain that you’d like to open a business checking account. Deposit all of your business income into this account, and write all business-related checks out of this account. This will make for much cleaner bookkeeping and tracking of business income and expenses.  You might also consider a business savings account. I … Continue reading Starting A Consulting Business? 15 Things To Do Right Now

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So, You Want To Be A Philanthropy Consultant?

About once a week someone emails me to learn more about philanthropy consulting: foundation staff looking for their next career move (or more recently, anticipating a layoff), business executives tired of an emotionally unfulfilling career who seek to make a difference in the world, and recent college graduates who stumble upon my website and think what I do sounds really cool (it is!). Each asks for 30-60 minutes of my time – preferably that week – to help them think through their options. It would be great to have time to talk with them all. But alas, I don’t.  Instead, I’m writing this blog to pass along some insight that I have developed in 10 years of consulting to foundations … Continue reading So, You Want To Be A Philanthropy Consultant?

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Council on Foundations: Smaller But Determined Crowd

This blog was originally posted May 1, 2009 on the Tactical Philanthropy Blog From May 2 – May 7, the Tactical Philanthropy Blog Team will be covering the Council on Foundations conference from Atlanta. The individual blog team members represent a range of opinions and have been given no editorial directions. The opinions expressed in these posts do not necessarily represent the opinions of Sean Stannard-Stockton. By Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Putnam Community Investment Consulting. One thing I appreciate most about philanthropy conferences is the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, friends, and clients who live in other parts of the country, and who I don’t get to see often. In preparation for the Council on Foundations conference (taking place this week in … Continue reading Council on Foundations: Smaller But Determined Crowd

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Challenges Grantmakers Face in This Economy

This blog first appeared on and was written for Nonprofit Conversation. No one is immune to the challenges of doing more with less in this economy. From my vantage point as a philanthropy consultant, I hope this blog post helps nonprofits understand how the economy is impacting foundations, and provides suggestions for what grantmakers are looking for from nonprofits. Six challenges grantmakers face this economy 1. Significant cuts in foundation assets and grantmaking budgets – Foundations lost approximately 28% of their assets in 2008, and a reduction in assets generally means fewer dollars available for grantmaking. Some, such as the Gates and MacArthur foundations, are making efforts to increase funding in 2009. However, 67% of foundations surveyed recently plan to … Continue reading Challenges Grantmakers Face in This Economy

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5 Tips for a Successful Foundation-Consultant Relationship

Simply choosing to hire a consultant isn’t enough to guarantee a successful engagement. You need to clearly communicate your goals at the outset, and take the time to provide feedback on whether those goals were met upon project completion. Here are few guidelines to help you succeed with consultants: 1. Understand All Your Goals Before you choose a consultant, take the time to fully understand the problems you want to resolve. Be clear about what you expect the consultant to accomplish and identify all the key stakeholders. It’s also essential to identify any barriers that could influence the project, and to be very clear about your timeframe and budget. 2. Identify the Right Consultant Once your goals are clearly outlined, … Continue reading 5 Tips for a Successful Foundation-Consultant Relationship

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