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.


ACE Act
ACE Act gets a sister in the House

Another effort to change tax policy on donor-advised funds has come to the House of Representatives.

2021
What you were reading at Philanthropy Daily in 2021

Looking back at 2021, here are the big themes we discussed. We are scrapping the “best of” for a more thorough list.


giving
A billionaire discovers the widow’s mite

Mackenzie Scott, while giving out billions of dollars at an impressive click, is starting to ask very smart questions about philanthropy.

pro-grantee revolution
Revisiting the pro-grantee revolution

The Center for Effective Philanthropy finds that grant reports don’t help. Is it time to put grantees first in order to put the mission first?


cryptocurrency
The balance of friction and data in getting donors

Give your donors many ways to support you—including cryptocurrency—and eliminate needless “friction” along the way.

strategic development plan, planning, best of times, worst of times
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.


Belongingness in an age of woke philanthropy

Elise Westhoff’s stance on woke philanthropy from the helm of The Philanthropy Roundtable carves out space for donors who want to oppose today’s “woke” fads.

Donor intent and religious education

Questions around abuse of donor intent make their way to high schools, in a new lawsuit about a $1.35 million pledge to a Catholic school in Florida.


Privacy, not efficiency, in Supreme Court’s latest donor disclosure case

SCOTUS protects donor privacy over “efficiency.” Some worry that this enables more “dark money” in politics.

Ceding focus, gathering attention

MacKenzie Scott is finding her way as a generous philanthropist, which is good to see. There are some wrinkles to iron out.