Austin Detwiler

Austin Detwiler works for American Philanthropic, a consulting firm whose mission is to strengthen civil society by improving the effectiveness of charitable foundations and nonprofit organizations. Previously he was the Assistant Director of the Matthew J. Ryan Center at Villanova University, as well as an adjunct professor in their Augustine and Culture Seminar Program. His expertise includes grant writing, strategic planning, and donor communications. He serves on the boards of Martin Saints Classical High School and the Charlotte Mason Educational Center, and is a founding director of the Philadelphia Catholic Scholars Program.

Austin has a master’s degree in theology from Villanova University and bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Theory from the Templeton Honors College. He lives with his family in Conshohocken, PA.

Reach Austin at austin@philanthropydaily.com.


Good news for donors who only get bad news

The new Center for Civil Society will help donors support their communities, without becoming overwhelmed by options or paralyzed by “impact.”

New bill to reform charitable introduced to Senate

The Institute to Accelerate Charitable Giving gets legs as Senators Grassley and King introduce the “Accelerating Charitable Efforts Act.”


Much ado about … student loan debt

Conversations about student loan debt need to look at more than just the staggering “total amount.” The Peterson Foundation offers a start with “10 key facts” about student loan debt.

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Cheesy fundraising doesn’t have to be cheesy

Motivating donors to give isn’t easy. You need to connect money to mission, but you also need to give donors a reason to act. That might require some cheese.


Efforts to reform charitable giving should be cautious

The Initiative to Accelerate Charitable giving is not without merit, but it does little to accelerate charitable giving.

Philanthropy, privilege, and charity

A Huffington Post author wrestles with his kids’ desire to give away the inheritance. Amid the silliness, there are real insights about charity and philanthropy.


Coming to a phone or laptop near you: season two of Givers, Doers, & Thinkers

Next week, Jeremy Beer sits down with a new line-up of givers, doers, and thinkers to discuss American civil society. We knows it’s hurting, but Jeremy learns where it’s doing well, and who’s doing something about it.

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Are you accepting crypto gifts?

Cryptocurrency may be enigmatic to most of us, but it’s also an untapped revenue stream. Now is the time to stop ignoring it.


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A nonprofit mounts an opposition to Facebook-owned WhatsApp

As tech companies continue to invade user privacy to collect profit, a nonprofit offers a secure, high-privacy alternative.

Philanthropy Daily in 2020

Here’s looking back at our best content from a busy year.