Distribution Update

What is Philanthropy? continues to expand its reach thanks to the promotional efforts of Indiana University Press and Producer Salvatore Alaimo.  Each week we’re seeing new individual and institutional sales.  The documentary is now being used by 23 universities from around the world and is also in the collections of 11 public libraries.  It is now in 17 of the 50 United States and in 5 countries.  We thank everyone for their support including the latest institutions to purchase the film:

Bay Path University – Longmeadow, Massachusetts
University of Iowa – Iowa City, Iowa
Georgia Southern University – Statesboro, Georgia
Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, Ohio
Queensland University of Tech Gardens Point – Brisbane, Australia
Eagle Valley Library District – Eagle, Colorado
Oregon City Public Library – Oregon City, OR

Credit: www.mannersmentor.com
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Producer interviewed on The Michael Chatman Giving Show

The documentary’s producer Salvatore Alaimo was interviewed by Michael Chatman for his podcast on June 15, on Unity Online Radio. Chatman is known as one of the nation’s leading voices in philanthropy who has spoken to tens of thousands of philanthropists, has over 300,000 followers on Twitter and has written several books on the subject.


Michael Chatman

“His interview style is smooth, pleasant and he asks great questions,” said producer Alaimo. “I became an instant fan after listening to the show the week before our interview and I plan on tuning in each week.”  To listen to Alaimo’s interview with Michael Chatman, click here.

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Free 39-page Educator’s Guide available for higher education

College and university instructors that use What is Philanthropy? for their classes can access a free, 39-page Educator’s Guide through the Indiana University ScholarWorks web site. The optional guide contains discussion questions, activities for students and accompanying images of the subjects in each segment. The guide is broken up by the 20 segments that can be accessed from the scene selection menu as well as the additional special features contained in the DVD and Blu-ray disc. It is designed to enable instructors to effectively use the documentary with their students and have the film complement their course curriculum. Thanks to copy editor Susan Matheson and graphic designer Linh Huynh for their hard work in developing the guide.

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What is Philanthropy? targeting higher education market

The documentary is targeted, in addition to individuals and public libraries, to higher education institutions.  Here are just some of the universities that have purchased the film for their library with more being added every week:

Image result for Memorial University of Newfoundland   Memorial University – St. John’s, New Foundland, Canada

Image result for grand valley state university   Grand Valley State University – Grand Rapids, MI

Image result for iupui   Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis-Indianapolis, IN

Image result for university of washington seattle logo  University of Washington – Seattle, WA

Image result for University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee   University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – Milwaukee, WI

Image result for University of St. Andrews - Fife, ScotlandUniversity of St. Andrews – Fife, Scotland

Image result for portland state university logo   Portland State University – Portland, OR

Image result for indiana university bloomington logo   Indiana University – Bloomington, IN

Image result for Arizona State University   Arizona State University – Tempe, AZ

Image result for DePaul UniversityDePaul University – Chicago, IL



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Documentary hits new milestones

  • What is Philanthropy? has now been viewed by over 1,000 people from across the country at publicly held screenings. The largest attendance was 115 at The Loudermilk Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, and the smallest was 3 at the Branch District Library in Coldwater, Michigan.My motto has always been, and continues to be, “have DVD, will travel.”
  • The documentary’s web site now has been viewed over 31,000 times and has had over 15,000 visitors since its inception in 2012. According to WordPress, “A view is counted when a visitor loads or reloads a page. A visitor is counted when we see a user or browser for the first time in a given period (day, week, month).” The United States still leads all countries in views and visitors followed by Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Tunisia, France, Germany, Philippines, Russia and Malaysia.
  • The documentary’s trailer on YouTube has now more than 13, 000 views.
  • It has been reviewed by two academic journals:

Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership     

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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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