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

Kris is a sought after philanthropy advisor, expert and award-winning author. She has helped over 90 foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts.

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