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

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