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Film Screening: What is Philanthropy?

Foundation Center Atlanta

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Join us for a screening of the documentary film, What is Philanthropy?, followed by a panel discussion on the meaning of philanthropy and its importance to the Atlanta community.

What: Film Screening:: What is Philanthropy?

When: Tuesday, November 3, 6-8pm

Where: The Loudermilk Center

Moderator: John O'Kane, Professor of Practice, Nonprofit Studies Program, Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies



  • Salvatore Alaimo, PhD, associate professor, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration, Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
  • Joy Webb, founder, Circle of Joy Giving Circle
  • Martin Lehfeldt, author and past president, Southeastern Council of Foundations


About the film:
"What is Philanthropy?” is designed to help viewers understand the meaning of philanthropy and why giving is important. Philanthropy is portrayed in television, the movies and the media. Most of us have either participated in it or have benefitted from it. It is all around and touches our lives somehow every day. But, in reality, what do we really know about this concept of giving?


This film takes a holistic view of this important subject by presenting its historical context with contemporary issues and including various perspectives from a wide variety of stakeholders.



Salvatore Alaimo, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) a liberal arts university in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the producer of the feature film which portrays and discusses philanthropy and giving through the perspectives of a wide variety of people from across the country. "The purpose of the film is to enhance our understanding of the concept of philanthropy and its role in American culture and society,” said Alaimo. “It seeks to broaden our perspectives for giving, enhance our understanding for philanthropy's capabilities, shortcomings and provoke us to reflect on our giving.”


For more information on the documentary and to view the trailer, go to .


This program is presented in part by:

  • Andrew Young School of Public Policy - Georgia State University
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals– Greater Atlanta Chapter
  • The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
  • Council of Volunteer Administrators of Metropolitan Atlanta
  • Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta
  • Emory Center for Ethics
  • Foundation Center Atlanta
  • Georgia Center for Nonprofits
  • Georgia Humanities Council
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
  • Georgia State University Alumni Association
  • Hands on Atlanta
  • The Loudermilk Center
  • Southeastern Council of Foundations
  • United Way of Greater Atlanta


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The Loudermilk Center
40 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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