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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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.


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American generosity continues apace, even in 2020

Quarterly charitable sector performance reports tell an important story: Americans remain a generous people, even in trying times.

Seneca the Younger’s advice for philanthropists

A new book from Princeton University press offers ancient wisdom for modern philanthropists.


A free checklist to support your fundraising

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Helping patients show gratitude

There are concerns about the ethics of “grateful patient fundraising.” These may not be entirely unfounded, but we should understand the practice accurately first.


Human-scale philanthropy: 3 tips for grantmakers

Foundations are best poised to succeed when they take reasonable measures to advance their mission.

Despair is a sin—and it’s no fun

Bill Kauffman, in a recent episode of Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, paints a sad portrait of an overly mobile and centralized world while describing the healthier communal life of small town America.


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A new kind of elite

Patrick Deneen and Jeremy Beer discuss the fatal flaws of liberalism and what comes next. Populism paves the way, but it can’t last without elite support.

Dissonance and messiness are crucial for philanthropy

In Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Alicia Manning explains that philanthropists needs a “high tolerance for dissonance.” Human life is messy, not uniform, and humane philanthropy embraces that.