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

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

84 thoughts on “90 Foundations That Tweet”

  1. Great list!

    Here are few other individuals from foundations who are on Twitter:

    @stephenjdowns from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Team.

    @adamcoyne The director of public affairs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    @susanpromislo From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Team

    @ibarguen The CEO of the Knight Foundation

    @marcfest The Knight Foundation’s director of communications

    Another foundation:

    @skillfound The Skillman Foundation

  2. Thanks Susan! I knew the best way to identify all the funders and foundation staff on Twitter would be to post a list and let people tell me who is missing. I’m sure there will be a revised version of this post in my future…

  3. A few more:

    Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan: @cfsem

    Wendy Lewis Jackson from The Kresge Foundation: @wslj

    And, if you’re interested in regional associations of grantmakers who are tweeting about their member foundations:

    @DonorsForumofWI
    @DonorsForumSF
    @ABAGrantmakers
    @michfoundations

  4. @carolharmon The Columbus Foundation director of communications
    @ChangeEvnglst Sidney Hargro The Columbus Foundation senior community research and grants management officer

  5. Here are some others:

    @Kivie Program Associate at Case Foundation

    @TristaHarris Executive Director, Headwaters Foundation

    Not a foundation per se, but still: @acumenfund (and @jnovogratz)

  6. Thanks for the list! In addition to my blog on the Grand Rapids Community Foundation website which I started in January 2006, the Foundation is on Twitter as I am as well. Appreciate this list! Diana Sieger

  7. Great job putting this all together! You’ve lended a lot to the philanthropic twitter community. I’m out there as well.
    @JillianVukusich, Sr Program Officer at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

    1. American Heritage Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports teachers with educational resources. We rely on foundational support to accomplish this mission.

  8. Don’t forget the United Nations Foundation! We’re at @unfoundation (with two additional program feeds, @nothingbutnets and @Tech4Dev).

    The group behind the feed include:
    @rocchijulia (c’est moi)
    @cajunjen
    @wheresdabeefy

    Thanks for pointing out other terrific folks to follow!

  9. Thanks! United Nations Foundation was on the list, but it was listed as “The UN Foundation” so I just changed it.

    I appreciate everyone’s additions!!

  10. The Overbrook Foundation:

    @safosterny President & CEO
    @elzbthmllr Senior Program Associate

  11. Thought I’d mention Chicago Foundation for Women, a new group to Twitter–we’re @ChiFdn4Women. Off to change our name so it comes up in a search for “foundation”!

  12. I’m a staff person at a foundation on Twitter
    @JeannetteBarr

    The foundation, PMI Educational Foundation is also on Twitter @pmief

    Can you please add us to the list?

    We have three other staff on Twitter as well. Would you like those names, too?

  13. Hi Kris,

    I was on your webinar today and you got me started Tweeting. So thank you for that, I started by becomming someone who follows you, among others.

    Molly

  14. Jeanette – yes, please send the other foundation staff twitter names. Great to post them here for now for others to see and follow.

    Molly – Thanks for following me on Twitter! I am following you now too.

  15. @socialedge is a program of the Skoll Foundation. @SkollFoundation tweets information on Skoll grantees and foundation work in social entrepreneurship. Social Edge tweets practical, how-to resources and best practices/ideas from the field of social entrepreneurship to help emerging social entrepreneurs start and scale their ventures.

  16. Great resource! Thanks for putting it together.

    We’re also on Twitter @TwoFoundations – Minnesota Community Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation.

  17. I run the main Twitter account for Ashoka: Innovators for the public – @AshokaTweets. We also have @AshokaTech for our AshokaTech blog, @Changemakers (our Changemakers.com program), @AshokaGenV (Ashoka’s Youth Venture) as well as numerous staff (46 at my last count), who focus on our work to a varying degree.

    Cheers!

    Tom – @tomjd

  18. Hello – The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation is also on Twitter, @pmhf. We raise and steward funds for Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada’s cancer research hospital and one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

  19. There are tons of philanthropic advisors who tweat too. Thanks for these lists. Want to do one on philanthropic advisors too. Sean at Tactical and I could probably help after Labor Day. Blessings, Tracy

  20. Children Rights Information Network-Kenya, NGO based in western Kenya. The organization Works for vulnerable children and youths by supporting local families and communities overcome poverty and protect the rights of children. We rely on donors and well wishers to accomplish this mission. We are in twitter @ambira

  21. What a fabulous list and I also love reading all the additions. The Fetzer Institute, a private operating foundation based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is tweeting – @fetzerinstitute. Our VP of Programs, Shirley Showalter @Shirleyhs is also tweeting. With occassional tweets from Susan Trabucchi, Senior Program Officer and Program Officer Gillian Gonda. We are trying! ;) Might there be an updated list in time for the Communications Network meeting next week in NY? Thank you!!

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