What is Philanthropy? made its Grand Rapids, Michigan premiere screenings on June 11, 12 and 14 garnering 42, 40 and 30 attendees respectively. The screenings on the 11th and the 12 were invitation only and recognized crew, donors and other people who helped make the film possible. Shelley Irwin of WGVU emceed both nights. The screening on the 14th was open to the public. Producer Salvatore Alaimo engaged the audience in a question and answer session after each screening.