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 of cooperating collections across the country. OK, I must confess that I serve on the Advisory Board of the Foundation Center-Cleveland, but I was an avid fan even before that. I highly recommend following them on Twitter:
- Foundation Center @fdncenter
- Foundation Center-Cleveland @FCCleveland
- Foundation Center-Atlanta @FCAtlanta
- Foundation Center-San Francisco @FCSanFrancisco
- Foundation Center-Washington DC @FCWashington
- Foundation Center – New York @FCNewyork
- Foundation Center – Focus on the Economic Crisis @FC_econcrisis
- Foundation Center – Philanthropy News Digest @pndblog
Additionally, at least one cooperating collection of the Foundation Center – the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD – is on Twitter @Grants_Pratt
To find the latest news about the philanthropic sector, check out:
- Alliance Magazine @Alliancemag
- Chronicle of Philanthropy @Philanthropy
- NonProfitTimes @NPT
- Philanthropy Journal @phijo
- Third Sector (U.K.) @ThirdSector
And don’t forget Philanthropy News Digest @pndblog, a service of the Foundation Center mentioned above.
Other funder resources:
Lastly, here are a few random resources to follow on Twitter:
- @onlyfoundations – This is a twitter feed of web content from private foundations, corporate givers, and other nonprofit funders.
- Charity Navigator @charitynav – Charity Navigator evaluates the financial health of over 5000 of the largest US charities
- Guidestar @guidestarusa – Guidestar is a searchable, online database of information about nonprofits and foundations, including 990 Forms, financial information, annual reports, reviews, etc.
- Philanthropy Archives (at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) @philanthropyArc – Collection of historical records of foundation, nonprofits, and donors
FYI, I purposefully chose not to include philanthropy consultants (like myself!) on this list, although there are some terrific ones with useful, thought provoking Twitter content. I know there are hundreds if not thousands of people on Twitter who would describe themselves as philanthropy consultants, so it would be challenging to post a list. Although not yet on Twitter, anyone looking for a foundation consultant can check out the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers’ searchable, online directory of consultants.
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Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Community Investment Consulting © Kris Putnam-Walkerly and Philanthropy411, 2009