Documentary makes PBS premiere

What is Philanthropy? will be shown on Public Broadcasting System affiliate WGVU, on Sunday, December 18, 2:30pm.


Listen to the interview with Shelley Irwin on The Morning Show which discussed this broadcast.

If you live in West Michigan, please tune in, tell your friends, or host a viewing party!

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WKTV Broadcast

What is Philanthropy? will be shown on WKTVWyoming, Kentwood, and Gaines Township, Michigan on Wednesday, December 28, 12:00pm.


If you live in this area, please tune in and tell your friends!

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Visit from Beautiful Foundation

Representatives of the Beautiful Foundation recently visited Grand Valley State University, including the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, for an exchange of knowledge and culture concerning philanthropy.  One of the focus areas of the foundation is philanthropy education.  They viewed What is Philanthropy?, and we had a great discussion about the film. These wonderful ladies were engaged, eager to learn and brought joy and happiness to our campus.  Their work in philanthropy education  is progressive and impressive. We hope to work with them in the future.Beautiful Foundation screeningBeautiful Foundation delegation after viewing documentary

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Upcoming screening at Rice University

What is Philanthropy? will be shown at the Anderson-Clarke Building, in the School of Continuing Studies, at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, on Monday, April 25, 1:00pm.

The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is sponsoring the screening and Producer Alaimo will be there to engage the audience in discussion.  He thanks Angela Seaworth, Ph.D., ACFRE, Director of the center for making this event possible and Nicolette Dacke for her great attention to detail and thoroughness in planning the itinerary.

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Documentary progress update

What is Philanthropy? Is in its final stage of production. The feature length film has been translated into French, Spanish and Mandarin for subtitles.

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Captions have been added for the hearing impaired. Editor Jason Woods is currently testing these files and adding the menus for chapter and scene selections. Once these tests are successful, the master file can be locked down and the production of finished product in the form of DVDs, Blue Ray discs and digital downloads will begin. Producer Alaimo is currently shopping for distribution companies. Stay tuned for when the film will be available for purchase.

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This seven year long project is finally coming to fruition!

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Producer donates short clips to Learning to Give

What is Philanthropy? producer Salvatore Alaimo donated 30 short clips of documentary footage to Learning to Give. Learning to Give (LTG) is an online philanthropy curriculum resource that “equips K-12 teachers to educate students as philanthropists with knowledge, skills, and behavior to be more compassionate and engaged citizens and lifelong givers of time, talent, and treasure.” The clips which range from 45 seconds to just over 13 minutes in length and average about 3 1/2 minutes long, will be added to LTG’s vast array of lesson plans, project ideas, learning modules and other resources teachers can access to use in their classes.  LEARNING TO GIVE logo

Producer Alaimo stated, “I have been familiar with Learning to Give since 2004 and I have been impressed with the quality of content available for K-12 teachers.  Betsy Peterson, their executive director, is committed to growing these available resources not just in terms of quantity but also in quality.  The 30 clips will be eventually uploaded to the LTG site on a dedicated YouTube channel.  About a third of them are pieced together from footage contained in the feature length documentary, a third of them from the 40 hours of footage that didn’t make the final finished product, and a third that is mixed.”

This project wouldn’t be possible without a dedicated grant from the Tassell-Wisner-Bottrall Foundation. “The foundation had supported the feature length film and when they heard about my idea to edit short clips for Learning to Give, they stepped up once again,” said Alaimo.  “I am forever grateful for their generosity and interest in philanthropy education.”

Producer Alaimo also thanks Aaron Bannasch and Jim Schaub who edited the clips.  The folks at LTG are working on lesson plans, project ideas, discussion questions and other content to go along with each clip.  Alaimo reiterated that he was glad that the extra footage could still be used in a productive way. Stay tuned for the announcement for when the clips will go live on the LTG site!

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Highlights from recent screenings including record audience in Atlanta

Here are some of the highlights from recent screenings of What is Philanthropy? Other screenings were held at:

  • Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on October 27, 2015 – 42 in attendance
  • Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, Douglas, Michigan on November 10, 2015 – 6 in attendance
  • Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 17, 2015 – 42 in attendance
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 8, 2016 – 25 in attendance

February 29, 2016

This screening in Rochester, Michigan drew 32 in attendance that included students, faculty and members of the community.  Special thanks go to Claudia Petrescu, PhD,  Dean of Graduate Education, or getting the process started to schedule the screening and for her wonderful introduction.  Also, Joan Floyd, an MPA student at Oakland University, was detailed oriented and a great communicator as she coordinated the event.  Producer Alaimo was impressed with the questions from the students.

Oakland University screening banner

Banner in student center at Oakland University

Claudia's introduction at Oakland University

Dr. Claudia Petrescu introduces Producer Alaimo

QandA with Oakland University

Producer Alaimo engages audience in post-screening discussion

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December 1, 2015

The screening at Ferris State University was extra special because Steven Nicolet, their Assistant Director of Annual Giving, did a first class job of coordinating and hosting.  The hospitality at Ferris was great and 32 people attended the screening including students, faculty, staff and members of the community.  The discussion afterwards was engaged, and I was interviewed for their school newspaper, The Torch, by Nick Vander Wulp. Nick did his homework to be up on the related issues and asked relevant and intense questions. I believe he has a promising career in journalism if he wants one. Kudos to Steven, Nick and the wonderful people at Ferris!

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Steven Nicolet – Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Ferris State University

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November 12, 2015 – sponsored by the Albion Community Foundation


Producer Alaimo (2nd from left) with Elizabeth Schultheiss (3rd from left) of the Albion Community Foundation

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November 3, 2015 – RECORD AUDIENCE!!

The screening at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta Georgia drew the largest live audience to watch What is Philanthropy? to date with 115 people in attendance. This broke the previous record of 102 who attended the Delancey Street Foundation for the screening sponsored by the University of SanFrancisco.  The Atlanta event was sponsored by the Loudermilk Center, United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Foundation Center.  John O’Kane was the emcee and a panel discussion included Joy Webb of the Joy of Giving giving circle and Martin Lehfeldt, former Executive Director of the Council of Southeastern Foundations. O’Kane is currently Professor of Practice in the Nonprofit Studies Program, Department of Public Management and Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University (GSU) and principal of John O’Kane Consulting.  Great appreciation goes to John for a fine emcee job and coordinating the student volunteers (thank you students!) from GSU.  Many thanks also go to Stephen Sherman and Utoia Wooten from the Foundation Center, Janice Robinson from the United Way and Nadia Rahali for making this special event possible.

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(l-r) Joy Webb, Janice Robinson, Lee Ann Harvey

Patrons with poster

Audience members next to poster

Sal with student volunteers

Producer Alaimo with GSU student volunteers

Joy and Janice

Joy Webb (l) and Janice Robinson (r)

Martin John Janice Sal Joy and Stephen

(l-r) Martin, John, Janice, Salvatore, Joy, Stephen

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(l-r) Joy, John, Stephen, Salvatore, Janice, Martin

Q and A session I

Audience member in Q&A

Sal talking to Denise and colleague

Producer Alaimo in post-screening discussion

Sal with Denise Berry

(l-r) Denise Berry, Producer Alaimo

Sal with COVA members

Producer Alaimo with members of Council of Volunteer Administrators for Metro Atlanta

John O'Kane and Joy Webb

(l-r) John, Joy

Sal making closing comments

Producer Alaimo engages discussion

Joy speaking with Martin Sal and John looking on

Joy engages discussion

Sal and Joy on panel

Producer Alaimo and Joy

John O'Kane introducing panelists

John O’Kane introducing panelists

Nadia Janice Sal and Joy

(l-r) Nadia, Janice, Salvatore, Joy

Stephen Sherman

Stephen Sherman

Martin Lehfeldt and John O'Kane

(l-r) Martin Lehfeldt & John O’Kane

Patron next to poster II

Audience member next to poster

Patron next to poster I

Audience member next to poster



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