Austin Detwiler

Austin Detwiler works for AmPhil, 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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Billionaire philanthropy and the corrupting influence of money

What motivates the “philanthropy” of billionaires?

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Forbes ranks the wealthiest Americans’ charitable giving

As it turns out, the wealthiest Americans are not doling out their fortunes in vast percentages.

Fundraising when times are bad: donor acquisition

You may feel the need to cut costs, but don’t be caught up into thinking that donor acquisition is the place to cut back.

Fundraising when times are bad: a new series

Stay tuned for a new series from American Philanthropic and Philanthropy Daily—”Fundraising When Times Are Bad”—to help you navigate today’s recession.

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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.