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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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.


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Altruistic infants: giving as proper for persons

Saint Augustine thought infants were ineluctably selfish. But a new study suggests that they may be more likely to behave altruistically. Why?

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Improve your online fundraising: a new benchmark report

NextAfter invites you to participate in a new online fundraising benchmark survey. This survey will create a new online fundraising benchmark report to help you see how your online fundraising compares and where you can improve.


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Real charity from a generous South Carolina donor

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports on an “unlikely donor.” John Hollingsworth is an admirable donor, committed to generously serving his hometown.

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Just released: Youth Education & Audience Research report

The Foundation for Economic Education, in partnership with a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation, just released the results of a three-year research study on how to communicate to younger audiences ideas about liberty and limited government.


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Lessons from the Naked Philanthropist: how helping Australian wildfires can harm culture

Kaylen Ward, known as “The Naked Philanthropist,” raised $1 million for the Australian wildfires by sending nude photographs. Her philanthropy receives less criticism than that of many major donors. What does this tell us?

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Chronicle of Philanthropy recognizes charitable deduction is not to blame for decrease in giving

Breaking news: the fundamentals of fundraising are not shifting due to tax policy—and years-old trends in giving are not shifting over night, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.


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The war on philanthropy—and the war on careful thinking

Karl Zinsmeister’s recent Wall Street Journal article about the “war on philanthropy” has ruffled feathers—and stirred up some sloppy thinking.

Death by disassocation: a review of Them by Senator Ben Sasse

Loneliness is killing us. Ben Sasse’s latest book, “Them” addresses a growing health crisis today—loneliness—and the effect of loneliness on individual and communal health, as well as contemporary politics.