10 Nonprofit Tech Folks You Should Follow on Twitter

Nonprofit Tech Folks to Follow on Twitter

The nonprofit tech space is incredible.

Not only is it constantly growing and evolving, but it’s also filled with some of the most interesting people around.  Nowhere is this more apparent than on Twitter.

Narrowing our list to only ten people wasn’t an easy feat and I’ll be the first to admit we’ve definitely left some excellent ones off the list.  But here are ten of our favorite nonprofit tech folks that we follow on Twitter.

Debra Askanase (@askdebra)

Engagement Strategist and Consultant at Community Organizer 2.0

Debra is a great example of someone who shares valuable content and engages with those that want to engage.  She often responds to questions and takes the time to push conversations forward.  Plus she didn’t taunt us here in St. Louis when her Red Sox won the World Series.

Follow Debra

Lucy Bernholz (@p2173)

Senior Fellow at the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society

I’ve mentioned Lucy before, but she’s worth mentioning again.  If you identify with your inner data nerd and like to think about data from a conceptual point of view, Lucy is a great one to follow.  She often shares info on how the nonprofit sector can use big data to do more good in the world.

Follow Lucy

Frank Barry (@franswaa)

Director of Professional Services at Blackbaud

Frank shares a wide variety of useful tips for nonprofits when it comes to marketing and connecting with supporters.  But he also shares a lot of statistics to help illustrate key topics nonprofits wrestle with (like fundraising, marketing and content production).  I’m sure you’ll find some good stuff here.

Follow Frank

Jereme Bivins (@jcbivins)

Digital Media Manager at The Rockefeller Foundation

If you’re interested in nonprofit digital marketing, Jereme is a great guy to follow.  His tweets cover a wide range of topics from breaking news and innovations to best practices when approaching marketing.  Also, while I’ve never met him personally, he’s a really nice guy on Twitter.

Follow Jereme

John Haydon (@johnhaydon)

Chief Heretic and Pyrotechnician at Inbound Zombie, Inc.

If you’re looking for social media advice for your nonprofit, look no further than John Haydon.  He (literally) wrote the book on Facebook marketing, and shares all kinds of helpful resources when it comes to leveraging social media for good.  He also takes the time to say thanks and engage in conversations with his followers.  Follow him now.  You’ll thank me later.

Follow John

Beth Kanter (@kanter)

Co-Author of The Networked Nonprofit

Beth is a giant in the nonprofit tech space, and for good reason.  She’s been doing this stuff for a while.  I love her measurement-driven approach to nonprofit digital marketing and the variety of content she shares.  While she’s not likely to engage with you one-on-one (she has 400,000+ followers after all) you’ll definitely find some useful info in her tweets.

Follow Beth

Nancy Schwartz (@NancySchwartz)

Publisher at Getting Attention Blog

Nancy is a great one to follow for advice when it comes to telling your nonprofit’s story effectively.  She routinely shares great tips via links to her blog as well as content from others.  She also takes the time to thank followers for sharing her content and engages in conversation via Twitter.

Follow Nancy

Caryn Stein (@caryn74)

Director of Content Strategy at Network for Good

Given her position at Network for Good, you can bet Caryn knows her stuff.  She often shares helpful tips on forming meaningful connections with supporters and data on what works and what doesn’t in nonprofit marketing.  She’s also incredibly friendly and definitely worth a follow.

Follow Caryn

Chris Tuttle (@christuttle)

Principal Consultant at Tuttle Communications

Chris shares a nice variety of links to articles, conversation starters and best practices directly in his tweets.  He also covers a wide range of topics from email and social marketing to how you can use your website to do more good in your community.  Check him out.

Follow Chris

Joe Waters (@joewaters)

Founder and Blogger at Selfishgiving.com

For tips on using technology to boost your fundraising, check out Joe Waters.  He shares all kinds of resources for fundraising as well as tips for how to best market your cause and compel followers to get involved.

Follow Joe

Community Suggestions

We’ve had some great suggestions of folks to add to the list already. Here are a few of them.

Suggestions from Beth Kanter:

Farra Trompeter (@farra)

Amy Sample Ward (@amyrsward)

Allyson Kapin (@WomenWhoTech)

Who’d We Miss?

As I mentioned above, the nonprofit tech space is full of incredible people.  Who do you love to follow?  And why do you look forward to their tweets?

Please share anyone you think we should check out in the comments below.

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David Hartstein is one of the co-founders at Wired Impact and spends most of his time helping nonprofits tell their story in a way that'll inspire action. He used to teach elementary school and often walks around barefoot. You can catch up with David on Twitter at @davharts.

19 Comments on “10 Nonprofit Tech Folks You Should Follow on Twitter

  1. 1 Beth Kanter December 18, 2013

    Hi David,

    Thanks for including me on the list.

    One person I think you should add is Farra Trompeter from Big Duck. She is a well respected member of the community!


    1. 2 David Hartstein December 18, 2013

      You’re so welcome Beth. Farra has been added. Totally agree she is a wonderful voice in the nptech space.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  2. 3 Jereme December 18, 2013

    Great list and honored to be included. Thanks, David!

    1. 4 David Hartstein December 18, 2013

      Of course Jereme. Appreciate all the content you share and the engagement. Looking forward to many more conversations in the future.

  3. 5 Terrence Aybar December 18, 2013

    I know Jereme Bivins personally after having worked with him here at the Foundation Center and he absolutely deserves to be on this list. Real class act and a stand up guy.

    1. 6 David Hartstein December 18, 2013

      Thanks a lot for the comment Terrence!

    2. 7 Jereme Bivins December 18, 2013

      Thanks, Terrence! You are far too kind, sir!

  4. 8 Seth Giammanco December 18, 2013

    I’d like to recommend Ash Shepherd @NPTech_Ash

    1. 9 David Hartstein December 18, 2013

      I’ll have to check Ash out. Thanks for the suggestion Seth.

  5. 10 Jenna Sauber December 18, 2013

    Fabulous list, and I’m honored to have met and/or worked with nearly every person on this list, and to call some my friends.

    Agree with Beth’s suggestions to add to the list. Please also add Kari Saratovsky (@kds).

    1. 11 David Hartstein December 18, 2013

      Thanks a lot Jenna. I’m excited to check Kari out later today. Really appreciate your comment!

  6. 12 frank December 18, 2013

    Honored to be mentioned w/ these awesome peeps … but have point out a few more that deserve mentions … They are part of the nonprofit community through and through!


    Good stuff David. Appreciate you bringing attention to people doing great work and serving a great community of passionate do-gooders!

    1. 13 David Hartstein December 18, 2013

      Awesome list Frank! Great additions all around.

  7. 14 Debra Askanase December 20, 2013

    Imagine my utter surprise to find this! Thank you David for including me in a list of incredibly bright, provocative, generous tweeps of the nptech world.

    I’d echo Seth’s recommendation of @NPTech_Ash, who is 10x smarter than me and offers some great tweets. Same with everyone’s recs, honestly. I’d also echo Beth’s recs that @farra, @amyrsward @womenwhotech offer so much value.

    I don’t know everyone on Frank’s suggested list, but I trust Frank to always point me in the right direction.

    Two that haven’t been mentioned are @maddiegrant and @LNorvig. They are very generous nptech tweeters, both in content and conversation.

    Again, thanks for including me; I’m very honored.

    1. 15 David Hartstein December 20, 2013

      Thanks so much for your comment Debra! Really appreciate you adding your suggestions to the list.

      And you are so welcome. We’re big fans of the stuff you routinely share in the nptech space. I hope all is well.

  8. 16 Steve Heye December 20, 2013

    My challenge to everyone with a list like this, is where is the tech? I see a list of social media, digital content, marketing, fundraising? A few of those people dabble in tech like Jereme and Amy Sample Ward. But where is the tech strategy, project management, business process, infrastructure, etc? So I came up with my own list focused primarily on Nonprofit IT Directors. http://steveheye.blogspot.com/2013/12/bringing-tech-back-to-nptech-10.html

    1. 17 David Hartstein December 20, 2013

      Thanks for your comment Steve. I’m looking forward to checking out your post in more depth.

      I agree with you that each of these folks talk about social, content, fundraising, etc. And while that may not cover the entire spectrum of “technology,” they all routinely share ideas on how current technologies can help nonprofits do the good stuff they’re doing even better.

      Love the point you make that there’s more to technology than the aspects that get the most buzz (such as social and email). But it seems to me there’s enough room under the “technology” umbrella for all kinds of folks.

  9. 18 Caroline Avakian January 7, 2014

    I’d like to add JD Lasica – Founder of Socialbrite.org
    Great list!

    1. 19 David Hartstein January 7, 2014

      Thanks a lot for the suggestion Caroline!

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