20 Twitter Hashtags for Social Entrepreneurs, Nonprofits and Activists

Written by on October 28, 2009 in CSR, Featured, PR+Social Media - 48 Comments


One of the best (and worst) features on Twitter is the hashtag. It allows you to find interesting topics, intellectual tweeters and real-time information. It also subjects you to multiple spammings everyday (#RIPKanye anyone?). And with the recent (okay, a couple months ago) integration of the search tool on your Twitter homepage, hashtags are easier to use than ever.

So in order to dig through the clutter and get to the worthwhile tweets, I have compiled a list of 20 hashtags you change-makers will be sure to enjoy. Follow ‘em, use ‘em, search and share ‘em.

#SocEnt: The ultimate tag for social entrepreneurship. Original founder unknown.

#SocEntChat: A Twitter conversation presented by Tom Dawkins (@AshokaTweets) and Nathaniel Whittemore (@SocialEntrprnr) that takes place on the first Wednesday of each month (also supported by me, @writerpollock).

#Nonprofit: Can’t get any more self explanatory than this! Use this tag to show those NGO good works.

#4Change: A Twitter chat and hashtag, #4Change profiles online technology, like social media, used for good.

#NPTech: Use this tag to promote and follow nonprofit technology.

: Spread the good word every Tuesday with this Twitter tag.

: A Twitter chat that focuses on microfinance.

#v4change: Video for Change, simple as that.

#m4change: Just as video can be an important part to spreading awareness of a cause, so can mobile technology. This tag stands for Mobile for Change and is complemented by social entrepreneurs like The Extraordinaries.

#CSR: Use this tag for corporate social responsibility tweets.

#Environment: Use this tag for eco-friendly tweets, along with #green and #sustainable.

: Clean alternative energy! Also, use #wind, #EV (electric vehicle) and #energy, when applicable.

#SocialGood: Created by Mashable and the Summer of Social Good, this tag works for any socially conscious tweets.

#Microfinance: Like #MiFiMon, but this isn’t a chat, so use it on a daily basis.

#Philanthropy: Want to find out, or spread awareness of, someone who’s doing good? #Philanthropy it is.

#Charity: Similar to philanthropy, but charity focuses more on organizational work.

#Fundraising: Need ideas and help growing donors and funding? Check out this hashtag (and this story on using Twitter to raise funds).

: Use this tag to call awareness to, and monitor, stories of those in need.

#ClimateChange: Concerned over the upcoming United Nations climate meeting in Copenhagen? Show your support for climate action by using and following this tag (#GlobalWarming works too).

#Health: Into helping medicinal causes? Make sure to put the #health tag on your list.

Did I miss an important hashtag that you use? Comment it below for all to see!

Tristan Pollock

Co-founder of SocialEarth and Storefront. AngelPad alum. Ex-BestBuy.com.

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  • http://samjulien.tumblr.com Sam Julien

    Not sure whether this counts, but #humantrafficking is a tag many use frequently.

  • ishpop

    We have been trying to promote the use of #tech4mf standing for technology for microfinance. :)

  • http://www.socialearth.org Erikeliason

    Love it! Thanks for adding.

  • http://www.socialearth.org Erikeliason

    Yeah, I've seen Grameen Foundation (@mifos) use this hashtag fairly often. Thanks ishpop!

  • jfinlayson

    Add #prize4sc prize for social change – great for all those competitions and biz plan awards for social ventures.
    And Beth Kanter's blog post on hashtags for nonprofits.

  • http://twitter.com/timolue Timo Luege

    I'd like to add:

    #aidwork (obvious) and
    #hum (for humanitarian relief issues)

  • http://www.socialearth.org Erikeliason

    Thanks jfinlayson! #prize4sc will be great to follow for innovative social enterprises. Here is Beth's Link: http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2009/08/what


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    I wonder how you might have missed #socent10, for the annual conference on social enterprise. Check it out!

  • http://www.socialearth.org Erikeliason

    Thanks Timo!

  • tomjd

    Good list, thanks for compiling! #SocEnt came out of a conversation with @AshokaTweets, @SocialEdge and others to come up with a top-level tag for social entrepreneurship we could all use. “Social entrepreneurship” is clearly too long to be compatible with Twitter, hence #SocEnt.

    I would add #4Change to the list – short for “social media 4 change” this is a monthly chat (2nd Thursday of each month, 5-7pm US EST) but is also used to share relevant news and links between each chat.

  • http://projectaustralia.org.au/ Donnie Maclurcan

    #BOP – Bottom of the Pyramid
    #Aid – International Aid

  • http://osocio.org/ Marc

    We often use #socialadvertising (which is something completely different than social media advertising)

  • http://www.socialearth.org Erikeliason


  • http://www.socialearth.org Erikeliason

    Thanks Tom for the background info. We'll update the article!

  • http://www.socialearth.org Erikeliason

    Thanks Donnie! #BOP has some great tweets

  • http://www.socialearth.org Erikeliason

    Hi Marc, very cool twist to advertising. Are you apart of osocio.org?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=810715493 facebook-810715493

    would like it if you used #climate instead of #climatechange and #green or #eco instead of #envirnoment Tweets with hashtags that are too long are harder to RT because they require a lot of editing. Keep your hashtags short! This is important in social media especially for campaigns

  • http://www.socialearth.org Erikeliason

    Great point! I think both versions of the tweets (ie #climatechange or #climate) depending on the user's familiarity with twitter and the context. We'll include your hashtags when we update the article.


  • http://osocio.org/ Marc

    Yep, I am. Promoting the term Social Advertising is part of our strategy :-) #socialadvertising

  • http://www.socialearth.org Erikeliason

    Perfect! We'll include the hashtag in version 2.0 of the post.

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  • http://www.churchworldservice.org/ Angela Rupchock-Schafer

    #hunger Use this tag to call awareness to, and monitor, hunger issues both domestically and internationally!!

  • fjnoguera

    #BOP for base of the pyramid is also quite active. Thanks for the great post!

  • http://www.twitter.com/jonhutson Jonathan Hutson

    I tweet news about #humanrights, #socialmedia (some say #SoMe) and sometimes #globalhealth and #hcsm (health care social media), as well as my views on #nonprofit communications best practices. — Jonathan Hutson (@jonhutson)

  • http://www.1sky.org/cop Alex Bea

    And #cop15 and #copenhagen are being used for the UN Climate Conference going on right now.

  • http://www.twitter.com/writerpollock Tristan

    Thanks for all the great additions!

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  • http://twitter.com/ccesetti Christophe CESETTI

    in french you could follow #ESS for “Economie Sociale et Solidaire”

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  • http://twitter.com/ShreyGoyal Shrey Goyal

    Great list! But what about #SocInn, #Socap, #sofinance, #impactinvesting?

  • http://www.socialnicole.com/ Nicole Harrison

    #NPtalk is a weekly Twitter chat that has been around for about 1 1/2 years now – it focuses on helping nonprofits advance their missions using technology and social media. I am the moderator – you can follow the Twitter account @NPtalk:twitter and also check out our website as the community has grown to include a community blog, Facebook page, LinkedIn Group and more http://nptalk.co

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    Awesome additions, not sure whether this counts, but #human trafficking is a tag many use frequently.

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    The Best tutorial on HASHTAGS I have seen over the internet! Seriously. You have a pleasant voice and you set up a tutorial path with real-time examples so that I could actually follow along as gave examples. Thank you so much–I get hashtags!!

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