What is Philanthropy? will be shown on WKTV – Wyoming, Kentwood, and Gaines Township, Michigan on Wednesday, December 28, 12:00pm.
If you live in this area, please tune in and tell your friends!
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.
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.
What is Philanthropy? Is in its final stage of production. The feature length film has been translated into French, Spanish and Mandarin for subtitles.
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.
This seven year long project is finally coming to fruition!
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.
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!
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.
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!
November 12, 2015 – sponsored by the Albion Community Foundation
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.