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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Happy Independence Day

Backyard beers and barbecues foster not only merriment but also our “mystic chords of memory.”

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The pro-life movement after Roe

In the wake of Dobbs, the pro-life movement has a tall task before it: keeping donors engaged while waging battles in each of the fifty states.

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

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

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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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Federal government and nonprofits: productive partners?

A new bill proposed to the House purports to make the federal government a “productive partner” with the nonprofit sector. So much for independence.

Fundraising as charity

As record inflation makes fundraising more difficult and more important, remember that your work is offering others an opportunity to be charitable.

Cryptocurrency makes an appearance at the Super Bowl, and crypto philanthropy is growing

As adoption grows and market capitalization increases in the cryptocurrency world, crypto giving increases dramatically, as well.

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Three tips for winning grants—before and after COVID

If you’re still reaching out to foundations—and you should be!—best practices are not much different. Here’s how you can stand out from the crowd.

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.

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.