Ozphilanthropy.com’s top 13 – no make that 9 – Australian philanthropy tweeters


It is no secret to those close to me that I love twitter and have become a bit of an addict.

I try to justify my presence there by saying that I get all my best information from the site – and that all my philanthropy news and updates come from there. But when I sat down to make a list for this post of the 13 top philanthropy tweeters in Australia I was stumped.

Why 13 you may ask? Well – that is a whole other story on how I am trying to learn to improve the blog to make it more interesting and stimulating for you – and according to a blog improvement course I am following, a list with an odd number of elements can encourage additions – so please add. Apparently a list with a round number such as 10 or 20 sounds authoritative.

I have now, after serious research, had to revise down from my ingenious idea of 13 to 9 – with a request for you to supply number 10 by letting me know your suggestions for who else should be included.

If I had been making this list without geographic impediments I would have finished writing this hours days ago – but when I looked closely at where I source my Australian information from – it seems that I was only able to initially come up with 5 or 6 tweeps who tweet regularly (tweeps = twitter people). This is not to detract from the large number of charity tweeters who are out there, but I was focussing on what I have been utilising for blog content and ideas in my interest areas of arts and higher education.

So I had to resort to sneaky means – by looking at http://www.search.twitter.com to find key words and locations and various other google stalking methods to come up with a few more names which might be of interest to you, dear readers.

So here we have it:

@strategicgrants Jo Garner – Jo runs Strategic Grants, a consultancy company in fundraising and is always up on deadlines, grant writing strategy, conferences and philanthropy news. She is also very generous in relaying other people’s news and comments in the philanthropy area.

@thomstac Stacey Thomas is “passionate about community sector and the ways philanthropy can change the world”. An alumna of the Swinburne Philanthropy course, Stacey provides great information on Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Tax Office data in relation to the not for profit sector, such as what percentage of donors are motivated by their tax deduction, scholarships for not for profit practitioners, opinions on microfinance and Dick Smith’s Giving Pledge. Stacey will also be presenting at the Best Practice in Grants Management Conference in a couple of weeks.

@sarallenconsult Sarah Allen Consulting makes me smile because of her amazing enthusiasm and energy. She has Manic Mondays where people can ask her social media/marketing questions and an engaging baby boy who tweets his support for her work @captain_morgs.

@artfulJohn John Godfrey runs Artful Training which provides fundraising training for the third sector with courses such as Elegantly Making the Ask, and Essentials of Major Gift Fundraising. I first came across John through LinkedIn which has groups on philanthropy and fundraising which are great for discussion and debate and provides a good reference point for finding new colleagues and collaborators in the sector.

@ThirdSectorMag Third Sector Magazine is a quarterly hard copy publication published by Great Southern Press. As well as a free e-news and daily updates on their website and twitter is is useful for not for profit/philanthropy/fundraising jobs.

@PhilanthropyAusPhilanthropy Australia is the peak body for philanthropic organisations in Australia – if things are happening they will know about it and will tweet it, but are relatively new to social media – I couldn’t find a reference to their twitter feed on their website.

@ProBonoNews ProBono Australia brings together news, jobs and events. They publish an Australian Directory of Not for Profit organisations (you can be included for a fee) as well as a volunteer matching service.

@cat_fay Caitriona Fay is a Program Manager with the Ian Potter Foundation. Her tweets are personal rather than organisational – always enjoyable for their mix of personal observation as well as current philanthropy news from Australia and overseas.

@OurCommunityAU Our Community is another not for profit resource for community groups, individuals, business and government. They run GiveNow which acts as a conduit for small organisations to receive tax deductible donations, the Australian Institute of Community Practice and Governance which provides training in the sector, and Smarty Grants – an online grants management system for funders.

So – that is my top 9 Australian philanthropy tweeters. I use them to find links to information, up to the minute news, keep up with changes in personnel (through monitoring job opportunities) and to feel part of a vibrant and active philanthropic community.

Do you use twitter for information on philanthropy? Who do you follow/read and why?

I look forward to your suggestions for tweeter number 10. Hint @sharonnagoanna can be good reading.

PS: if you are completely new to the twitterverse you can find all of the abovementioned by going to http://www.twitter.com/ and then type in the username – ie: http://www.twitter.com/sharonnagoanna to see their history (known as a twitter feed).

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About ozphilanthropy

#Philanthropy. Posts by Sharon Nathani. Consultant, blogger, speaker & committee member/grantmaker @Impact100Melb and Melbourne Womens Fund. Board member at Outer Urban Projects. Learning more to share with you through Grad Dip in Philanthropy and Nonprofit studies at QUT and Masters in Social Investment & Philanthropy at Swinburne. Former Executive Officer Inner North Community Foundation.
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5 Responses to Ozphilanthropy.com’s top 13 – no make that 9 – Australian philanthropy tweeters

  1. Sarah Allen says:

    Hey what a great big surprise to see moi featured in such great company on your blog! So first of all, my thanks.

    It’s no secret I am pretty enthusiastic about this social place where non profits can meet and talk with other like minded peeps, and I learn so much in this space – daily – as well as giving others ideas on how to socialise their brands online.

    A few tweeters I like – and a disclaimer as I recently ran a workshop for them – is the School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia (@sseaust). They are au fait with philanthropy and grant writing because they need it to put Australia’s newest social entrepreneurs through their mostly-funded intensive 9 month program. They believe in their students and fellows, which is not hard, because these people are pretty astounding in the way they give back to their community.

    In particular from SSE Australia I love to tweet with their CEO Benny Callaghan @bennycallaghan who is the most approachable CEO I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, and @bethworrall, their Head of Development, who is not just uber clever and has a wicked sense of humour, but would be very handy at a music trivia night too.

    Oh and an example of one of their students is @GroundswellAUS who have The Groundswell project which helps people understand death and dying through creativity – a brilliant concept, I think.

    So to round up: @sseaust, @bennycallaghan & @bethworrall … and @GroundswellAUS!

    • Hey Sarah, thanks for your comment and for adding some tweeps to the list – I have added them to my Twitter peeps so I don’t miss out on their updates.
      happy philanthropy tweeting!

  2. Mrs. Jen B says:

    I love posts like this – posts which open doors to subjects I’m unfamiliar with. You’ve provided such a great wealth of information for your readers! Fantastic job. Now I’m off to learn some more! 🙂

  3. Mrs. Jen B says:

    ALSO! Forgot to mention – way to add in the Twitter lesson. The best way to reach readers and generate larger readership, so I’m told, is by HELPING.

    • Thanks Mrs Jen B for your lovely comments here. I told my readers I was trying to learn better ways to make the blog more interesting for them – and this choice of list certainly struck a chord (it also didn’t hurt to be able to tell the people listed that they had been included so they could also publicise it). I look forward to reading the misadventures of mrs blog spot.

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