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What is Philanthropy?  is a feature-length documentary that portrays and discusses the concept of giving within the American context through a critical lens and a variety of perspectives. 

The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Indiana University Press, and it’s now in the collections of over 30 U.S. public libraries and 40 colleges and universities around the world. Producer Salvatore Alaimo is an Associate Professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University.

Join us for a free afternoon screening of What is Philanthropy? The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by WGVU’s Shelley Irwin.


    • Rick Baker, CEO of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
    • Michael Moody, author of several books on philanthropy and the  Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University
    • Stacy Stout, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Grand Rapids
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