The Amazing Amber Kriech

When Amber Kriech was featured in What is Philanthropy? she was a 16 year old high school student and considered by Producer Alaimo as a “super volunteer” because of her projects and efforts as a Girl Scout who earned the highest honor of the Gold Award, her work with Outreach, Inc. to address youth homelessness, and work with the East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center where she created a library for the children by building book shelves, buying some books and having other books donated. Here is a photo of Amber back then when she had the national honor of being on the Parade Magazine All-America Service Team.

Amber Kriech - Parade Service Team

Since then, Amber has continued to achieve great accomplishments. She earned her B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision in 2017 and is now working on her MA in Sociology. While working on her Master’s degree, Amber is also a:

  • Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Social Statistics
  • Research Assistant: Adolescent Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine
  • Pittman Fellow: Human Resources, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • Emerging Scholars in College Instruction Program
  • IUPUI Student Development Funding Committee
  • IUPUI 2018 Student Commencement Speaker Search Committee

Last January, she presented a research poster at the Association for Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS) National Conference in Las Vegas and was accepted again this year for another presentation.

These academic achievements have not slowed or reduced her volunteerism. She also continues to serve on the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Gold Award Committee, maintains the libraries around Indiana she has helped develop and and works to supply the Juvenile Detention facilities with reading materials. For her efforts, Amber received the IUPUI Plater Medallion for Civic Engagement/Community Service.

In 2017, Amber was the IUPUI student commencement speaker at Lucas Oil Stadium. You watch her speech here.

Congratulations to Amber for her outstanding achievements. The What is Philanthropy? team is proud of her because she represents what the film is all about.

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Producer featured in Alumni Spotlight

Producer Salvatore Alaimo was featured in the Alumni Spotlight on page 25 of the recent issue of Ramapo College Magazine. In the article he discusses the making of What is Philanthropy? and how his experience at Ramapo College impacted his academic and professional careers. Alaimo earned his B.S. in Business Administration at Ramapo in 1988.

Ramapo Alumni Spotlight

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Distribution Update

Producer Salvatore Alaimo would like to thank the following institutions for adding the documentary to their collection:

University of North Texas  – Denton, Texas

University-of-St-Thomas-logo – St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Orland Park Public Library – Orland Park, Illinois

  • Klamath County Library – Klamath Falls, Oregon


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Blog published in Alliance Magazine

Alliance Magazine cover

Alliance Magazine is a leading publication for philanthropy and social investment,  providing news and analysis of what’s happening in the sector right across the world. Read the blog in the latest issue from producer Salvatore Alaimo on the making of the documentary What is Philanthropy? here. 

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Screening at University of Pennsylvania

What is Philanthropy Flyer - Penn

The great folks at the University of Pennsylvania were kind enough to have a screening of the documentary on November 27. Producer Salvatore Alaimo participated via Skype and answered questions from the audience. Penn will continue to use the film in their academic programs.

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Documentary promoted at conference


IU Press’ Assistant Acquisitions Editor Kate Schramm (l) and  Producer Salvatore Alaimo (r)

Indiana University Press promoted What is Philanthropy? at the recent international conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)held here in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA).  They did a great job with taking out an ad in the conference program, exhibiting at the conference and setting up several Meet the Producer events over the course of November 16-18. A total of 20 DVDs were sold.  The free, accompanying Educators Guide that is available through Indiana University ScholarWorks was displayed, and Producer Salvatore Alaimo took pleasure in greeting everyone. “It was great to have some of the conference attendees come up to me and say they already owned the film and were using it in their institutions,” said Alaimo.

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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 29 universities from around the world and is also in the collections of 17 public libraries.  It is now in 25 of the 50 United States and in 5 countries.  We thank everyone for their support including the latest institutions to purchase the film:

North Park University – Chicago, Illinois
Framingham State University – Framingham, Massachusetts
Baruch College – New York, New York
University of North Carolina – Wilmington – Wilmington, North Carolina
George Mason University – Fairfax, Virginia
University of Southern Maine – Portland, Maine
San Francisco Public Library – San Francisco, California
Morse Institute Library – Natick, Massachusetts
Bozeman Public Library – Bozeman, Montana
Portsmouth Public Library – Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Howland Public Library – Beacon, New York
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County – Rochester, New York

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