- Philanthropy is defined as the act of doing charitable work, or an activity designed to improve human welfare.
- An example of philanthropy is giving money to charity and volunteering.
- An example of philanthropy is donating canned goods to a food bank to help needy families in your community or donating toys to the Toys for Tots toy drive to provide Christmas presents to needy children.
- An example of philanthropy is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation giving $1,158,280,084 to various causes in 2002, supporting efforts to enhance global health and improve the quality of education for children around the world.
- An example of philanthropy is Warren Buffett contributing $31 billion of his own personal fortune to The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- a desire to help mankind, esp. as shown by gifts to charitable or humanitarian institutions; benevolence
- pl. philanthropies a philanthropic act, gift, institution, etc.
Origin: LL philanthropia from Glassical Greek philanthrōpia from philein, to love plush anthrōpos, man: see anthropo-
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noun pl. phi·lan·thro·pies
- The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations.
- Love of humankind in general.
- Something, such as an activity or institution, intended to promote human welfare.
Origin: Late Latin philanthrōpia, from Greek, from philanthrōpos, humane, benevolent : phil-, philo-, philo- + anthrōpos, man, mankind.
- phi·lanˈthro·pist noun