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.


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.

Givers, Doers, & Thinkers—A podcast on philanthropy and civil society

Announcing Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Philanthropy Daily’s new podcast on the intersection of philanthropy and civil society.


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A tale of two nonprofits

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … and it was a strategic development plan that made all the difference.

Identity in a thin society

Our social fabric is tearing at the seams. We need cultural rites and civic institutions to offer individuals a meaningful membership in a community.


The new Giving USA report has more of the same—which is good news

The Giving USA 2020 summary was just released, and the findings are not surprising. That’s a good thing.

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Philosophy and fundraising: principles of human action inform our fundraising

Aristotle codified it but many have said: all human actions are done for the sake of some end. A valuable principle in life, this can help our fundraising, too.


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Three tips for winning grants—before and after COVID

If you’re reaching out to foundations in the midst of this pandemic, best practices are not much different. But it’s more important than ever that you stand out from the crowd. Here’s how you can do that.

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Pandemic precedent: when pandemic ends, what do we keep?

Emergency times call for emergency measures—but not precedent. However, emergency times may help us to see more clearly, including helping foundations improve their giving.


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Lent, COVID, and planned giving

It’s Lent and mortality is on everyone’s mind. Do you have planned giving information on your website?

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“The physical world still matters”

It’s the “digital age” but direct mail still works. We might even see a “golden age” of direct mail.