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50 Nonprofits Every U.S. Politician Should Follow on Twitter

September 9, 2012

The 50 nonprofits listed below are tackling some of the most important economic, social and political issues of our time. They are active in our communities, in our schools, and have valuable knowledge and experience that our nation’s elected officials could learn from and be inspired by, and yet very few U.S. politicians follow any nonprofits on Twitter. They mostly only follow other politicians. These sorts of echo chambers are common inside the Twitterverse – it’s the same with most celebrities and musicians who also tend to only follow each other, but in the case of nonprofits and politicians who are working on many of the same issues, not following the nonprofits listed below is a lost opportunity. Even if you don’t agree with the mission of a particular nonprofit, following them doesn’t need to signal an endorsement. Rather, it can simply demonstrate a tiny step towards better understanding the other side’s point view.

1. Alliance for American Manufacturers :: @KeepItMadeInUSA

2. American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) ::  @AARP

3. American Cancer Society :: @AmericanCancer

4. American Civil Liberties Union :: @ACLU

5. American Farmland Trust :: @Farmland

6. American Heart Association :: @American_Heart

7. American Red Cross :: @RedCross

8. American Rivers :: @AmericanRivers

9. American Solar Energy Society :: @ASES_Solar

10. Americans for the Arts :: @Americans4Arts

11. American Wind Energy Association :: @AWEA

12. Amnesty International USA :: @Amnesty

13. Ashoka :: @Ashoka

14. Autism Speaks :: @AustismSpeaks

15. Campaign to End Obesity :: @ToEndObesity

16. Change the Equation :: @ChangeEquation

17. Children’s Defense Fund :: @ChildDefender

18. Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans :: @CIAV

19. Coalition to Stop Gun Violence :: @CSGV

20. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) :: @NationalCASA

21. Crisis Group :: @CrisisGroup

22. :: @DoSomething

23. Education Week :: @EducationWeek

24. Electronic Frontier Foundation :: @EFF

25. Feeding America :: @FeedingAmerica

26. Goodwill Industries :: @GoodwillIntl

27. Habitat for Humanity :: @Habitat_org

28. Human Rights Campaign :: @HRC

29. Humane Society of the United States :: @HumaneSociety

30. Junior Achievement :: @JA_USA

31. Maplight :: @MapLight

32. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People :: @NAACP

33. National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy :: @TheNC

34. National Coalition for the Homelessness :: @NTL_Homeless

35. National Council of La Raza :: @NCLR

36. National Museum of American History :: @AMHistoryMuseum

37. National Parks Conservation Association :: @NPCA

38. National Wildlife Federation :: @NWF

39. Natural Resources Defense Council :: NRDC

40. Ocean Conservancy :: @OurOcean

41. Operation Homefront :: @OP_Homefront

42. Oxfam America :: @OxfamAmerica

43. Pew Research Center :: @PewResearch

44. Ploushares Fund :: @Plough_Shares

45. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network :: @RAINN01

46. Special Olympics :: @SpecialOlympics

47. Trevor Project :: @TrevorProject

48. Union of Concerned Scientists :: @UCSUSA


50. World Wildlife Fund :: @WWF

Finally, with more than 1.5 million registered nonprofits in the United States alone, of course I missed a few (and some whose very mention is politically divisive were left off the list intentionally). If there is a nonprofit that you would like to add, please do so in a comment below (political rants not necessary, thank you). And if you are an influencial blogger in your local community, state, or country, may I suggest you create a similar list of nonprofits to follow relevant to your corner of the world. Politicians have a lot to gain by being more connected with nonprofits on Twitter. We just need to point it out to them. 🙂

Related Links:
Social and Mobile Media Webinars for Nonprofits and Government
Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits

35 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2012 7:14 am

    I’m curious why you listed these individually, but didn’t create a Twitter list that would enable a politician to follow all of these agencies via a list.

    Would it make sense to set this up as a Twitter List that folks could follow?

    Andy Wolber

    • nonprofitorgs permalink
      September 9, 2012 7:23 am

      Because I have maxed out the number of lists I can create:

      And I would much prefer that politicians follow the nonprofits themselves over a list of mine. Thanks though. Good idea… dare to dream that politicians create their own Twitter list of “Nonprofits.” 🙂

  2. September 9, 2012 9:02 am

    Reblogged this on The Political Social Worker and commented:
    It is so important that elected officials are connected to and support nonprofits. We need to remember that not only are nonprofits job creators they also provide vital services to our communities.

  3. Sarah permalink
    September 9, 2012 9:35 am

    All great non-profits. Any politician claiming to advance education would benefit from following City Year (@CityYear or any of the cities City Year serves in) and Teach for America (@TeachForAmerica). AmeriCorps (@americorps) and Peace Corps (@peacecorps) provide excellent ways for politicians to see how American citizens are participating in service efforts as part of a national community that reaches out to communities locally and globally.

    • nonprofitorgs permalink
      September 9, 2012 11:03 am

      Thoughtful comment. Thanks. 🙂

  4. September 9, 2012 10:51 am

    I don’t see any NGO from the media development sector, have I misread the list? Thanks for your feedback in advance.

    • nonprofitorgs permalink
      September 9, 2012 11:03 am

      No… but will 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States, I couldn’t fit in all categories. If there is a nonprofit you would like to add, please do… with their Twitter handle. Thanks!

      • September 9, 2012 8:35 pm

        I do not think it is about the number of non-profits but the diversity of sectors you want US politicians to cover. Media and its role around the world it is one of “most important economic, social and political issues of our time: @internews @CIMA_Media, just to name two organisations.
        A much more comprehensive list once you get the media component in 😉 Thanks for your work.

  5. September 10, 2012 4:29 am the work they have done over the years with polio is staggering.

  6. September 10, 2012 5:59 am

    You should also follow ONE, a bi-partisan organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease. Our Twitter account has more than 600,000 followers, including several key influencers on the Hill. We’re at

    • nonprofitorgs permalink
      September 10, 2012 6:02 am

      Good one. 🙂

  7. Rachel permalink
    September 10, 2012 6:06 am

    For international women’s rights and gender equity, I recommend following @Half.

  8. September 10, 2012 6:24 am



    ADAPT is a national grassroots disability rights organization fighting to end the institutional bias.

  9. September 10, 2012 6:47 am! We’re a nonprofit that connects people to the opportunities, resources, and community they need to take action and create a better world. We’re known for our job board which has over 8,000 jobs around the world for people who want a social-impact career. Additionally, we conduct surveys of the sector to explore how nonprofits are doing, who’s searching for jobs, and what we can better do to support the sector as a whole.

  10. September 10, 2012 7:12 am

    Also @endslaverynow and @polaris_project, tackling modern slavery and human trafficking both domestically and internationally. This issue affects over 20 million people worldwide.

    • September 10, 2012 8:16 am

      The two non-profits resonated with me because William Wilberforce, a committed Christian and member of the British Parliament, headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade. With a profound Biblical allegiance to the central distinguishing doctrines of Christianity, he understood the impact of these beliefs upon the political welfare of a nation. If you believe that radically God-centered Christians serving as leaders in government will profoundly impact our world, please pray in accordance with that belief, and partner with Capitol Commission in calling men and women to this place to faith and service.

  11. September 10, 2012 8:20 am

    Thanks for this article! Given the current political climate around healthcare, the advocacy arm of the Children’s Hospital Association’s twitter feed @speaknowforkids would be another great one to add to this list.

  12. September 10, 2012 10:29 am

    We’re glad you listed the great military support charity Operation Homefront — but wished you had included Operation Gratitude as well: @OpGratitude — please check out all that we are doing for deployed troops, military families, veterans, wounded warriors and first responders: Thank you!

  13. September 10, 2012 12:25 pm

    @opportunityintl provides small business loans, insurance, savings accounts, and training to those in poverty around the world. They focus on empowering women economically.

  14. September 10, 2012 4:25 pm

    Good-looking list. I think Best Friends Animal Society’s No Homeless Pets initiative is worth following.

  15. September 11, 2012 8:29 am

    The Foundation Center (@fdncenter) is a must follow! The Center tracks philanthropic giving trends, impact, collaborations, and more for the social sector. Plus, we offer tools and trainings for Congressional staffers on resources available in their home districts for individual and organizational grantseekers. I’m a bit biased, but I like to think we could make a list or two. 🙂

  16. September 11, 2012 8:45 am

    The Build Your Future campaign (@byfcampaign) is doing some great work raising awareness about the construction industry skills gap (with emphasis on commercial and industrial construction sectors). They post quite a bit about Career and Technical Education (CTE). Some other great ones are @ACTEcareertech, @RecruitMilitary and @USGBC.

  17. September 11, 2012 8:48 am

    Also, @Independence1st – Disability news, services provider and advocate for self sufficiency, independent living, full participation and access for all citizens, including those with disabilities.

  18. September 11, 2012 9:05 am

    @pathfinderint is another that is the leader in global reproductive and sexual health.

  19. David Cardno permalink
    September 11, 2012 9:26 am

    National Fatherhood Initiative, please

  20. September 11, 2012 10:03 am

    AFP Disaster Response Organization is a nonprofit organization respond to disasters and search and rescue situations.AFP’s core people that will be hired are pryor military personal.Check out our web site. Thank you.
    Matthew Pilarski Chief of Divisions

  21. September 11, 2012 10:24 am

    Think about adding in American Diabetes Association @AmDiabetesAssn With 26 million Americans now impact by diabetes, that number is only going up, along with obesity rates.

  22. PR George permalink
    September 12, 2012 10:24 am

    Not one labor organization, or any organization dedicated to worker rights or employment standards. I don’t understand the intention behind such a glaring omission.

    • nonprofitorgs permalink
      September 12, 2012 10:32 am

      Because their Twitter feeds are heavily partisan… that would immediately discredit this blog post. The whole point of the post is to avoid the political fray of partisan politics…. see last paragraph. The first nonprofit listed, however, is one committed to to America workers and American jobs.

  23. September 14, 2012 3:19 am

    I’d add Human Rights Watch – and not only because I work for @hrw. We investigate and expose human rights abuses in 90 countries (including the US) and make recommendations that give politicians a path to end human rights abuses.

  24. September 25, 2012 3:36 am

    I think any savvy political figure would be wise to follow Points of Light. As the largest volunteer network in the country, Points of Light and its 240 affiliates around the country are meeting critical social needs through the power of ordinary citizens, elevating innovative practices that engage volunteers, and driving change through service.

  25. September 25, 2012 4:57 pm

    Hope you can check out @Public_Citizen, we are the nation’s original watchdogs, standing up to corporate power and holding government accountable for over 40 years. We are a nonpartisan organization working on everything from campaign finance reform to energy and trade policy. We are fairly influential on a number of topics and appreciate your consideration for this and future lists! You can learn more about our work at

  26. November 29, 2012 12:03 am

    I would add


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