Tuesday, June 9, 2009

10 AWESOME Charities and Nonprofits on Twitter (You Need To Follow)

I can see why so many charities and nonprofits, big and small, have been quick to embrace Twitter. It's a great resource, filled with millions of people raising money for various causes and helping people around the world. Below is an impressive list of charities and nonprofits that have successfully used Twitter to raise money for needed projects, stay connected to supporters, and dramatically raise their international profile. They are all deserving of their followers, and are truly worthy of your support.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America /@IAVA

Website: http://iava.org/

Founded in 2004, I.A.V.A. (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans. Under the inspired leadership of active Twitterer Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA has been a major voice on "critical issues facing new veterans and their families, including mental health, Traumatic Brain Injury, a stretched VA system, inadequate health coverage for national guardsmen and reservists, and outdated GI Bill educational benefits."

Donors Choose /@donorschoose

Website: http://www.donorschoose.org/

DonorsChoose is a great way to provide America's students with the valuable resources that so many of our public schools yearn for. Teachers submit project proposals for materials and other things their students are in need of. And these requests can be specifically funded by individuals who choose to be involved.

Global Green /@GlobalGreenUSA

Website: http://www.globalgreen.org/

Global Green was founded in 1993 by environmental activist Diane Meyer Simon. It's apart of a larger entity called Green Cross International (GCI), which was created to build an international shift toward a sustainability, and recommitting ourselves to the environment. Global Green has received major kudos for its ambitious effort to build affordable, eco-friendly homes in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward for low income residents.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights /@ellabakercenter

Website: http://ellabakercenter.org/

Based in Oakland, California, The Ella Baker Center, which started in 1996, has become a celebrated vehicle for "justice, opportunity and peace". And they achieve this through four noted campaigns: Green-Collar Jobs Campaign, Books Not Bars, Soul of the City, and Heal the Streets. The center is in the global spotlight because its inspirational co-founder, Van Jones, is the Obama Administration's point man on Green Jobs.


Website: http://www.kiva.org/

Seeking to wipe out global poverty and empower millions of people, KIVA let's individuals connect through lending - lending directly to entrepreneurs around the world. This is awesome because you can monitor entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, take notes, and then lend. Throughout your loan, you receive email updates, and can and track repayments. And after getting your money back, you can loan to someone else.

Innocence Project /@innocenceblog

Website: http://innocenceproject.org/

Founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld of Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project's mission is to help prisoners prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing. Through their DNA testing services, the wrongful convictions of 238 people have been reversed. Even more jarring is that 17 of the 238 were given the death penalty.

Newark Now /@newarknow

Website: http://newarknow.org/

Founded in 2002, Newark Now was the brainchild of Newark, New Jersey's charismatic Mayor, and active Twitterer, Cory Booker. (Great video of him here). As transformational and effective as its founder, Newark Now, makes sure the residents of Newark are equipped with the resources and services to grow and transform their neighborhoods. Newark Now's groundbreaking work has been universally praised.

Charity: Water /@charitywater

Website: http://www.charitywater.org/

According to their website, "unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war." 1 in 6 people, or one billion of the world's population, don't have access to clean and safe drinking water. Charity: Water is attacking the problem head on by funding sustainable clean-water solutions in developing nations with the greatest need.

Angel Rock Project /@ARProject

Website: http://www.angelrockproject.com/

Through the Angel Rock Project, which was founded by Malaak Compton-Rock, lots of time and resources are given to causes like Child Abuse Awareness, Hurricane Katrina Relief, and Triple Breast Cancer Awareness. Angel Rock Project also provides a great listing of "humanitarian campaigns and philanthropic cause-related marketing initiatives", some of which don't have a presence on Twitter and social networking sites.

Share Our Strength /@sharestrength

Share Our Strength, founded in 1984 and based in Washington, DC, is a powerful force in the the internal fight against global hunger and poverty. It has created great partnerships with the Center for Disease Control, and with corporate entities. It shares both facts about child hunger and ways we all can help make sure that every child has access to three meals a day.


  1. Great list! I love our veterans, and will do what I can to give to IAVA.

  2. Charity: Water, Global Green and KIVA were the only ones on this list I was familiar with. I am so happy to know about the other seven nonprofits.

  3. These are good names.

    Another good nonprofit on Twitter to follow is NARAL. Check them out at Twitter.com/naral

  4. Great list of nonprofits!

  5. Great nonprofit on Twitter to follow: @NRDC