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.org :: @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

 

49. UNICEF :: @UNICEF

 

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