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.

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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.

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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

2020 has been a whirlwind for all of us. As this year winds down and we prepare for 2021, here’s a tool to help you structure your development efforts.

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.