Talking About the Challenges for Foundations in Adopting Social Media

Was interviewed yesterday by Brad Rourke of Mannakee Circle Group in Rockville, Md. for his Public Life Today podcast. We had an interesting discussion about the reluctance of some foundations to wade into the world of social media. You can listen on Brad’s blog. In Brad’s words, Mannakee Circle “helps organizations engage better with the public.”



  1. #1 by Dorthy on December 1, 2012 - 3:29 am

    Excellent article. I am dealing with some of these
    issues as well..

  2. #2 by Trinidad on October 25, 2012 - 5:45 pm

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment
    didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyhow, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

  3. #3 by Adam Gilman on December 22, 2009 - 1:26 am

    There shouldn’t be any challenges for Foundations to use the Social networks and web sites across the internet. Philanthropy is a people business and connecting with donors should come as natural for Foundations as swimming is to fish. I am a Philanthropist working with the Non Profit world helping Charities, Churches, and Organizations with their missions and purposes, and without the Internet and Social sites such as Twitter, Facebook it would be very difficult to connect with people who need the services I provide, and those who want to make a difference in their communities. The internet makes this connection so much easier. With todays economy , and donations at an all time low we have to utilize every means we can.

    • #4 by Larry Blumenthal on December 22, 2009 - 12:59 pm

      Agreed, Adam. Foundations are not always the fastest adopters, but it is good to see some solid progress lately as we get over initial wariness and start devoting some resources to social media. The power of networks is going to be critical to strengthening and improving the way philanthropy is accomplished in the future. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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