Jeremy Beer

Greetings. My name is Jeremy Beer. On this site you will find links to and excerpts from my books, articles, and reviews, as well as other stuff related to my writing. This photo of me in my library is intended to make me look thoughtful, but I think it just makes me look sad. Which, I hasten to add, I am not.

As one of my colleagues says, I have an extraordinarily odd Amazon author page. I’ve written on philanthropy and fundraising (my “real” work), baseball, religion, history, and, for lack of a better term, culture. I seem to have developed a particular fondness, if not aptitude, for biography. I don’t think it all coheres except perhaps in my own mind. Fortunately, I don’t really worry about it.


Oscar Charleston

The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Forgotten Player

The Forgotten Foundations of Fundraising

Practical Advice and Contrarian Wisdom for Nonprofit Leaders

The Philanthropic Revolution

An Alternative History of American Charity

American Conservatism 

An Encyclopedia


Beer’s evenhanded narrative makes a convincing case for Charleston as the greatest baseball player who never played in the majors. This is a solid hit for baseball historians and fans alike.”

Publishers Weekly


In this marvelous history of American charitable giving, Jeremy Beer helps us see what we have lost in the triumph of outcomes-focused and “scientific” philanthropy. 

― R. R. Reno, Editor, First Things


Jeremy Beer has written a synthetic masterpiece that triples as a history, interrogation, and indictment of modern professional philanthropy.

― Walter A. McDougall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian