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philanthropy

noun phi·lan·thro·py \fə-ˈlan(t)-thrə-pē\

: the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people

plural phi·lan·thro·pies

Full Definition of PHILANTHROPY

1
:  goodwill to fellow members of the human race; especially :  active effort to promote human welfare
2
a :  an act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes
b :  an organization distributing or supported by funds set aside for humanitarian purposes

Examples of PHILANTHROPY

  1. The family's philanthropy made it possible to build the public library.
  2. <among the industrialist's philanthropies was a college scholarship fund for deserving students from the inner city>
  3. For many years, Microsoft has used corporate philanthropy to bring technology to people who can't get it otherwise, donating more than $3 billion in cash and software to try to bridge the digital divide. —Bill Gates, Time, 11 Aug. 2008

Origin of PHILANTHROPY

Late Latin philanthropia, from Greek philanthrōpia, from philanthrōpos loving people, from phil- + anthrōpos human being
First Known Use: circa 1623

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