Whether you’re a Twitter newbie or a power user, you’ll appreciate the insights and tips from the following 25 grant development experts.
I put these folks on my must-follow list because they tweet great info to help you at all stages of grant proposal development -- from building relationships with funders to writing great proposals.
To easily start following these experts,click here to access this list directly on Twitter.
Jay Frost – @GordonJayFrost The leader in discovering and exploring major fundraising opportunities for nonprofits around the world for over 25 years!
Pamela Grow – @PamelaGrow No BS nonprofit fundraising | #smNPchat Founder | Author: 5 Days to Foundation Grants & Simple Development Systems | Soon to launch ConsultantsBlueprint.com!
Foundation Center – @fdncenter The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Tweets brought to you in style by @jcbivins.
grantgoddess – @grantgoddess Grant writing and program evaluation professional, wife, mother, avid reader, and San Francisco Giants fan!
GrantSpace – @GrantSpace GrantSpace is the @fdncenter's social sector learning community. Tweets about funding, #nonprofit organizations, and #philanthropy. http://grantspace.org/
Jo Miller, JM Grants – @JM_Grants Grant Consultants for government, foundation and non-profit success! Get Grants, Do Good!
Grant Writer – @Grant_Writer Writer/Photographer/Artist/Born Canuck & Raised S Cal./Dad of 21yo/A Lover of Walks/Curious Learner/Thankful/Loves humor
Betsy Baker – @GrantAuthority Nonprofit advice giver. Wife. Mom to a Boy Shorty and Golden Girl. Voracious reader. Guilty shopper. Jesus follower. Jeremiah 29:11.
Mark Whitacre – @GoldstoneGrants I have been working in the grant industry for 20 years. For the last 9 years I have been a grant writer—helping to secure more than $14 million.
GrantProse, Inc. – @GrantProseInc Follow us and sign up for our FREE newsletter to get grant alerts, resources, and info about our next training workshops: www.grantproseinc.com
Community Grants – @communitygrants Community Grants Associates is dedicated to working closely with a select clientele in all aspects of grant writing/fundraising in both the U.S. and Canada.
Grant News – @grantnews News and information about non-profit organizations, fundraising and grants.
Grantsmanship Center – @Grantsmanship The leading provider of grant proposal writing training since 1972.
Grant Source – @GrantSource1 Mother, wife, lover of mankind, and nonprofit guru. My work is helping you do work you love, make a difference, and quit your day job.
Heather Stombaugh – @heatherJWS Principal consultant of JustWrite Solutions, experts in grants, communications, and technical assistance for innovative nonprofits.
Johna Rodgers – @JohnaRodgersGPC I'm a problem solver by habit, a grant professional by trade, and a real believer that the reward is in the journey, not the sack of money.
Grant Helpers – @TheGrantHelpers We're a group of experienced grant writers dedicated to helping organizations get the funding they need to make a difference!
Debbie DiVirgilio – @Grantconsultant
Cheryl L. Kester – @KesterGroup Grants professionals, winning millions for clients while helping them become stronger along the way.
GPA – @GPANational Grant Professionals Association is a professional membership association for anyone involved in the grants profession.
US Government Grants – @USGG Grant writer, trainer, consultant, public speaker, problem solver...
The Grant Plant – @thegrantplant For over twelve years I've enabled nonprofits to do good by providing professional best practices fundraising, grant writing, and board development expertise.
grantgopher – @grantgopher Your underground connection to available grants for nonprofits!
Dr. Bev Browning – @grantdoctor eCivis, Inc. GPS Vice Pres./entrepreneur/$350M in grant awards/ Instructor:ed2go.com/Dummies author/workshops/keynotes/coach, and MORE!
PhilanTopic – @pndblog Opinion and commentary on the changing world of philanthropy. Brought to you by Philanthropy News Digest and the Foundation Center.
Interested in learning more about how to use Twitter?
If you are not already active on Twitter, I recommend you try it out! Because each entry (Tweet) is limited to 140 characters or less, Twitter lets you see what the people who are most interesting to you are thinking about today.
As explained by Twitter, “reading Tweets and discovering new information whenever you check in on your Twitter timeline is where you’ll find the most value on Twitter. Some people find it useful to contribute their own Tweets, but the real magic of Twitter lies in absorbing real-time information that matters to you.”
- On her blog, Jo Miller, GPC, posted a great essay called "Twitter is Super Useful for Grant Pros!" If you still aren't convinced that Twitter is worth your time in this busy, noisy world, you may be after you read her post!
- If you want to use Twitter to promote content that's important to you, read Christine Gallagher's "I Joined Twitter; Now What?" and Mazarine Treyz's "Are You Curious About Twitter?" As Christine writes, "Twitter is a micro-blogging platform and it’s a little different from any other online or social media tool. When people first begin using it, it can seem overwhelming and confusing. How can you really type anything of substance in 140 characters or less?... The first thing I usually advise is that you take some time getting familiar with how it all works. Put up a picture of yourself, find some others to follow, and “tweet” some updates. It may seem a little like you are talking to yourself to do this especially if you are not being followed by anyone else. But it helps to see activity when someone comes upon your page and is making a decision whether to follow you or not."