Jeremy Beer

Jeremy Beer

Jeremy Beer is Principal Partner at American Philanthropic, LLC, a consulting firm whose mission is to strengthen civil society by improving the effectiveness of charitable foundations and nonprofit organizations. He works closely with dozens of philanthropies and nonprofit clients in such areas as strategic planning, message creation, program analyses and audits, major-donor club creation and implementation, direct mail, grantwriting, and collateral material development. He is also the co-founder of AmP Publishers Group and has served as a literary agent for a select group of clients, including the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn family. Jeremy has published more than forty essays and articles on philanthropy, culture, and politics in various academic and popular journals, including Perspectives on Political Science, First Things, Touchstone, the American Conservative, Front Porch Republic, and the Utne Reader. He was the project director or editor in chief for four editions of a critically acclaimed essay-style college guide, Choosing the Right College, and the coeditor of American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia. He has lectured at Georgetown University, Calvin College, Augustana College, national meetings of the American Political Science Association, and elsewhere.

Philanthropy and the triviality of “small deeds”

Since the rise of professional philanthropy, major foundations and their progenitors sought to abandon old-fashioned attempts to alleviate immediate distress for a more focused scientific, expert-driven approach that would provide permanent solutions to vexing social problems. Over a century later, contempt for traditional charity – for “trivial” “small deeds” – is still conventional wisdom within the professional philanthropy industry.

Nudging them homeward

America’s rural areas, small towns, and mid-sized cities are losing their smartest, most talented young people. What can foundations do to help keep talent, ambition, and energy at home?