Austin Detwiler

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.


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John Arnold’s government fix for charitable woes

Though he notes some reasonable concerns about the poor use of certain giving vehicles, John Arnold’s expectation that government regulation can fix things is off base.

T. Boone Pickens dies at 91, and the response is encouraging

As the public and the media respond to the passing of T. Boone Pickens, it is interesting to reflect on his broad and generous giving, and how this conduces to a healthy civil society.


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Breaking news: we are not attracted to effective altruists

A study conducted at the Crockett Lab at Yale University suggests that in our search for spouses and friends, we rather distrust utilitarians.

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Four questions for recruiting top talent

Employing the right people is absolutely essential for running a successful nonprofit organization. Here are four questions to ask yourself to improve hiring at your organization.


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Billionaire philanthropist, David Koch, dies at 79

David Koch’s conservative and libertarian giving drew much praise and much criticism during his life. It is embarrassing, however, to see celebrations of his passing on the day of his death.

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Philanthropist Lisa Greer has insights for fundraisers

A recent interview at Philanthropy.com with philanthropist Lisa Greer raises some important issues for fundraisers. Greer has some good advice—and has some ideas in need of further questioning.


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Feeding the beast and addressing the “evidence gap”

Four major foundations are joining arms for a $40M project, “Reimagining the Civic Commons”. There is good news and bad news.

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Nonprofit boards: a thorn in the flesh

How to increase board engagement is a constant concern for nonprofit fundraisers. Here are some thoughts on engaging your board – and increasing their giving.


Will the new standard deduction affect charitable giving? Not really.

After their lobbying losses on the new tax law, the nonprofit world rang alarm bells and a media frenzy ensued. Were their fears reasonable?

Is it “scalable” or “replicable”?

‘Scaling up’ is not always a good thing for an organization, and limits are not always bad.