Saturday, August 22, 2009

16 Amazing Women on Twitter and the Awesome Charities They Support

All my friends know that I love supporting great nonprofits. Some of my favorite twitterific charities include @Habitat_org, @IAVA, @globalgreenusa, @NewarkNow, @ellabakercenter, @FARMAfrica, and @Camfed. We're in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, and these charities and countless others need our support.

Below I profiled some awesome female tweeters who I believe everyone should be following. But, I also asked everyone to tell me their favorite charities. And the result was great: a total of 23 charities are being supported by the 16 lovely, community-oriented women whose pictures grace this post. Their smiles are infectious, and their work greatly impacts their communities, and represents the very best of what humanity has to offer.

This is a great time to be alive. And its a great time to follow these 16 extraordinary women!

Jess Cera /@jesscera
Why she rocks: Cera is a strong advocate of sustainable living. Her wonderful, must-read blog is evidence of that. She started a non-profit for families, children, and community issues, and, she helped start another non-profit to educate schools and youth groups about ways to incorporate sustainable living in their programs. Her favorite charity: @AshokaTweets. This nonprofit believes in promoting social entrepreneurship to tackle the world's most pressing and urgent issues. Since 1981, it has elected over 2,000 social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to an expanding international network of peers in more than 60 countries.

Bev Wallace /@nursebevw
Why she rocks: This mom, nurse, and student is also an active philanthropist, and self-described "crafting fiend" who shares her artistry with others. She has Fibromyalgia, and helps others who have it know they're not alone.
Her favorite charity: @crafterslove, which she founded. She brings together crafters who love knitting, quilting, crochet, card making, and sewing, to help others in need. Very cool.

Paula Robinson /@PaulaRobinson
Why she rocks:
She is a noted Senior Service Specialist and owner of Sanitasole Adult Day Health Services in Marco Island, FL. I really like her blog, and I appreciate how thoroughly and intelligently she's looked at all sides of the health care reform debate.
Her favorite charity: @alzassociation. This nonprofit is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. When our family reached out to them, they were very helpful and informative.

Joyce Cherrier /@joycecherrier
Why she rocks: She owned a health food store, currently manages a gym, and, for the last 25 years, has dedicated her life to helping people live a healthy life. And like me, she's a surfer!
Her favorite charity: @joshcharles. Yes, that Josh Charles, the noted musician. Every time you purchase his songs from itunes, $$$ goes to the needed rebuilding of New Orleans, Louisiana. I like anything that supports this quintessentially American city.

Lily Jang /@LilyJang
Why she rocks: Jang is a great news anchor. She's a favorite of viewers in Seattle who love her sunny demeanor and community involvement. She speaks three languages fluently, (including Cantonese and Vietnamese) and is said to be on the fast track to national news.
Her favorite charities: She supports the Washington State Council of Firefighters' Burn Foundation. She also likes @wsffaorg, a nonprofit providing information, education and representation to the volunteer fire service of the State of Washington.

Saifra /@1HappyJourney


Romaana /@YllwCkeNoFrstng
Why they rock:
Saifra and Romaana are owners of the New York-based, luxury handbag firm NYLANOOR. The early buzz on their first collection is great, as it promises to have the "wow factor". Their company also has an awesome charitable component.
Their favorite charities: Saifra supports @lrbtamerica. It's a nonprofit that raises money and awareness to help fight blindness and to promote access to free, high quality eye care for the under served in Pakistan. Romaana supports @YOURDIL. It's a nonprofit that promotes awareness and raises funds that seek to eradicate illiteracy amongst the poorest children in Pakistan.

Lasana Smith /@Lasana
Why she rocks: She's a popular television personality, and a freelance writer who has worked in NYC and LA, and has traveled all over the world.
Her favorite charity: She supports @keepachildalive. This nonprofit provides life-saving treatment, care and support services to children and families in Africa (and worldwide) whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

Ashley Mann-Mc Lean /@Therapist_Model
Why she rocks: She's a high-powered corporate sales trainer, motivational speaker, popular author, and life coach who also finds the time to do some modeling.
Her favorite charity: She supports @TheStrokeAssoc (The Stroke Association). This nonprofit is the only one across all of the United Kingdom singularly concerned with combating stroke in people of all ages. It looks for better methods of rehabilitation, and funds research into prevention, treatment.

De'lon /@VuittonPrincess
Why she rocks: She's a fashionista who divides her time between New York and Los Angeles. She's also an entrepreneur, freelance marketer, lifestyle guru & pop culture enthusiast.
Her favorite charity: She supports @charitywater. This is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. They made big news when actor Hugh Jackman donated $50k to them via Twitter:

Marie Forleo /@marieforleo
Why she rocks: She is the author of the bestselling book Make Every Man Want You. She works with companies like MTV and VH1, and partners with leading women’s magazines like Women’s Health. She has four top selling fitness DVDs and is a personal trainer.
Her favorite charity: She supports @Kiva. This nonprofit 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.

Carolyn Rubenstein /@clrsimple2
Why she rocks: In addition to practicing yoga and writing letters in her free time, she also produces inspirational blogs for The Huffington Post. Recently, she released her critically acclaimed book Perseverance, which about the lives of 20 young, inspiring cancer survivors.
Her favorite charity: @cccscholarships (Carolyn’s Compassionate Children). Carolyn is founder and president of this nonprofit. She started it at age 14! It began as a pen-pal program for kids with cancer and grew to become an entity providing scholarships and support to childhood cancer survivors.

Yasamin Beitollahi /@ybeitollahi
Why she rocks: She's a marketing strategist, aspiring author, tech-lover, and a sports and travel enthusiast. She's a serious chef and true lover of all things food.
Her favorite charities: She likes @AmericanCancer (American Cancer Society). It's a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization with more than 3400 offices. She also supports eco-giant @Greenpeace, and Lance Armstrong's @LIVESTRONG.

Rochelle Veturis /@RochelleVeturis
Why she rocks
: Creator of Role Model Media which she bills as "PR with a conscience." She's PR Director for design firm LPA Inc., a strong advocate for children, and an animal lover.
Her favorite charities: She likes @compassion (Compassion International). It's a Christian child ministry that has been helping impoverished children for more than 50 years. She also supports @specialfans, which creates inspiration and excitement for seriously ill children and their families at college sporting events in the U.S.

Hodan M. /@hodanm
Why she rocks: Because she loves music and politics, and is a social justice and universal human rights advocate. And because she's rockin' a nice big "LOVE" shirt in this picture!
Her favorite charities: She likes @pcorpsconnect (Peace Corps Connect). It informs and engages people impacted by Peace Corps. She also supports two other charities which happen to be two of my favorites as well: @savethechildren & @sharestrength.

Jennifer Egbert /@jenniferegbert
Why she rocks: Because she's puttin' in major work as real estate agent in the Greater Denver, Colorado area. In a down economy, she's doing well, and this can only get bigger as Colorado expands.
Her favorite charities: She likes @YMCARockies. She set up a Sioux Indian YMCA Scholarship in her dad's name after he died in January of this year. She also supports YogaHope ( which is run by @YogaHopeSue.


  1. Wow, I am so honored, thank you!! You are too kind! :)

    I didn't know we could name our own charities as our favorite. That was hard to answer - is my fave, but they do not tweet! I've seen first-hand the impact that they have on the lives of young girls!
    Here's a few other fabulous charities - @IAVA, @Kiva, @NationalCASA, @FarmtoSchool.

    Great thoughtful list! You are wonderful!

  2. Hey Jess! You know you rock! I love the work you do. I'll slook up and spread the word about it. Thanks for your lovely words.

  3. I cannot even put into words how honored I am that you've included me in this list of wonderful & beautiful women.
    Thank you so very much!

  4. No problem Bev. You deserve recognition. I love what you do! Keep up the great work!

  5. Happy Saturday! Thank you so much for the honor of being included in your selection of one of “16 amazing women on twitter and the charities we support.”

    When you indicated that you might post a blog about women on 2morrowknights’ awesome blog, I expected a list of names. Wow - I was so surprised to realize it was more than that! I feel very fortunate to have met you on Twitter and also to discover your blog – and I very much appreciate your thoughtful initiative and generous comments. What a pleasure to meet all of these other recommended women, too! They are all very special!

    We all know that seniors have so much to give back, if allowed. Their wisdom, life stories, and most of all their values, which at times I think this country, has lost. I will always work on behalf of seniors and advocate for those who need a voice.

    Did you know that every 70 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and as many as 5.3 million people in the United States are living with the disease right now? As a society, it is critical that the early warning signs of this horrific disease are recognized so treatment can be secured at its earliest stages. Thanks to the National and local Alzheimer’s Associations, many free resources are available to assist families in understanding the disease process as well as providing guidance and support to caregivers.

    Again, please accept my sincere gratitude for this honor.

    Paula Camposano-Robinson, RN

  6. Hi Paula,

    Thanks for your lovely and kind words. I love the work that you do, and I appreciate the passion and energy you dedicate to your profession. Keep up the great work.

    The charity you support, The Alzheimer’s Association, was helpful when our family needed information. Several members of my family have had Alzheimer’s, and it was absolutely necessary for us to get as much information as possible.

    I guess it was great match: your charity rocks...and you do too! Thanks for all that you do Paula. You and the 15 other women above are absolutely great. It was a pleasure to profile every one of you.

    Again, thanks for your kind words.

  7. 2morrowknight, you have the best lists sir. I agree with Paula, when someone says "I'm putting together a lists of people on Twitter" it's normally just a list of names. But you include pictures, and you do research on the people. I love that.

    And I love that the people in your lists reflect the great racial and ethnic diversity in our world, and, right here in America. Keep up the great work.

  8. That's pretty cool. In all, 30 charities were referenced in your piece, which includes your favorites. I have some good nonprofit choices. Thank you.

    Oh, and you're right: these are all beautiful, gorgeous, lovely women.

  9. having resided on Marco Eye-land since l976 i am well aware of paula's dedication and excellent skills in protecting and preserving the health of the many patients she helped the doctors at our local NCH Urgent Care Center. She certainly helped me to enjoy my late husband (Artie-Baby)by successfully monitoring his conjestive heart failure. I am grateful to her for keeping him alive and happy for the many years she did so as we were in and out of her Urgent Care Center. she is an inspiration and i wish her the very best in caring for our seniors as i look after our infants and toddlers and pre-schoolers and make sure that they take advantage of the free eye and visiohn screenings that are avalable to them at our local care centers with the PediaVision which detects any problems of the neuro-visual and/or neuro-muscular syetems of "precious bundles of joy" who are being challenged with strbisus and/or amblyopia and lack of binocular vision which have been successfully treated by this retired certified Orthotist

    practicing prevention of amblyopia (the most treatable blindness in the world when detected during the early childhood development years (as i am presently doing) is ever so self rewarding. go to to learn more.

    rachael pietrini klein (orthoptist) retired
    founder of the Orthotic/strabismus endowment at duke university Center
    founder of the Marco "Eye-land" Eradicate Amblyopia Foundation which is at the moment my charity as well an any charity that makes a difference in children's future welfare and well beingl

  10. congratulations to Paula Camposana Robinson

    your efforts to improve the life style of Seniors and helping them to maintain a comfortable and enjoyable life during their golden years i much appreciated.

  11. Thank you so much for including me in such a fantastic group of women!I am truly honored to be mentioned and I hope to get to know each woman featured.What a great idea to mention a favorite charity and not only the person.You are awesome!!

  12. You're welcome. I believe you have an amazing bio. Plus, I love the fact that you surf. I surf too. There is nothing like it. Besides, your inclusion of Josh Charles is excellent. Anyone helping to rebuild New Orleans gets kudos in my book. Josh Charles' philanthropic spirit reminds me of what GLOBAL GREEN USA is doing. They are building eco-friendly housing in New Orleans - housing that will have lower utility bills for the low income residents who will live in them.

    Thanks so much for your kind words. I love your spirit. Keep up the great work.

    2K (2morrowKnight)

  13. I like this 2morrowknight. I really hope this starts a trend with Twitter users. You not only profiled them, but you asked them their favorite charity. That's hot!

    Love it! Keep it up!

  14. Let's hear it for some beautiful, visionary, and involved women.

    Very cool!

  15. 2morrowknight I am so impressed with the profiles of these fantastic women.

    As you know we are a charity with bases in the UK and eastern Africa, and so I have not heard of quite a few of these women/the charities that they support. I am going to follow them on your recommendation.

    By giving them our support I will not only hear about the great work that they do but learn more about using Twitter to engage with supporters.

    Many thanks, keep up the good work

    Sam (FARM-Africa)

  16. Hey 2morrowknight! I loved this post so very much because I think you hit a very relevant topic. In today's strained economic environment the organizations that may have been hit the hardest have been non profits. Exposure to these important and vital organizations is a great reminder to all of us to continue to support our charities (whether it be with money or our time!) on a local, national and global level. Bravo!

  17. Truly wonderful women. All 16 have a career, and its goog to see that they also give back. That was also cool.

  18. This is a fantastic article. I'm familiar with a few of the women but have found a few more to follow. Thank you for giving credit to well deserving individuals.