Philanthropy definition

fĭ-lănthrə-pē
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Love of humankind in general.
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A desire to help mankind, esp. as shown by gifts to charitable or humanitarian institutions; benevolence.
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Something, such as an activity or institution, intended to promote human welfare.
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A philanthropic act, gift, institution, etc.
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The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations.
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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.

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A charitable foundation.

The Rockefeller philanthropies.

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(uncountable) Benevolent altruism with the intention of increasing the well-being of mankind, especially by charitable giving.

As public funding is reduced, we depend increasingly on private philanthropy.

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His tombstone lists his various philanthropies.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
philanthropy
Plural:
philanthropies

Origin of philanthropy

  • Late Latin philanthrōpia from Greek from philanthrōpos humane, benevolent phil-, philo- philo- anthrōpos man, mankind

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The word comes from Late Latin philanthropia, from Ancient Greek. The prefix phil- comes from Ancient Greek φίλος (philos, “friend"), from the verb φίλω (philo, “I like, I love"). -anthropy comes from the noun ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos, “man; human").

    From Wiktionary

  • From phil- +"Ž -anthropy.

    From Wiktionary