I wonder, am I somehow dating myself by using the phrase “mad props”?
Well, there’s no time to ponder this question because it’s a busy Thursday here at NCG. But even though it’s super busy, I wanted to take a bit of time to highlight a particular NCG member whose staff are coming out in full force on Twitter.
Speaking of Twitter, you can always follow NCG at twitter.com/NorCalGrant.
Now, if you’ve seen our other Twitter Thursday blog posts, then you know that I’m usually highlighting philanthropic professionals and grantmaking organizations who we’re following on Twitter.
This week, however, I wanted to praise the efforts of NCG member The James Irvine Foundation for encouraging and supporting more of their staff members to join Twitter.
Last week I noticed that the three Irvine tweeters I follow were all tweeting about a social media workshop. Turns out it was an internal workshop for Irvine staff interested in experimenting with social media.
I wasn’t the only one who noticed. As I mentioned yesterday, Philanthropy 2173 blogger Lucy Bernholz also took notice and ended up interviewing Irvine CEO Jim Canales about how the foundation is experimenting with social media to enhance their grantmaking.
According to Jim, Irvine staff are jumping into the Twitter fray to explore how social media “might serve to advance our Foundation’s programmatic goals.”
More specifically, we are interested in exploring ways to use social media to: (1) share what we are learning more rapidly and broadly; (2) listen more actively to our partners and key stakeholders, building greater two-way exchange instead of one-way transmission of information; (3) build alliances and broader networks of support to advance our program goals; and (4) demonstrate Irvine’s continued commitment to transparency and openness.
Now, I won’t spend this post pointing out all the Irvine staff on Twitter, because there’s a lot of them. But you can sleuth them out just by heading over to Irvine’s Twitter profile under the list of who the organization is following.
It’s really great to see so many staff at one foundation experimenting with social media. Keep up the good work, Irvine! Hope to see you out and about on Twitter.
NCG’s New Arts List On Twitter
NCG has a new Twitter List. This one is specifically following arts funders, arts organizations and arts advocates.
Check out http://twitter.com/#!/NorCalGrant/arts to follow these arts-related tweets.