phil·an·throp·ic | \ ˌfi-lən-ˈthrä-pik \
variants: or less commonly philanthropical \ˌfi-lən-ˈthrä-pi-kəl \

Definition of philanthropic 

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by philanthropy : humanitarian

2 : dispensing or receiving aid from funds set aside for humanitarian purposes

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philanthropically \ˌfi-lən-ˈthrä-pi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of philanthropic in a Sentence

a philanthropic society that has been doing good for over a century

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James said the Mid-America Regional Council, which coordinates early childhood programs and philanthropic foundations, would employ a sliding scale to distribute the money to schools and other eligible service providers. Bill Turque And Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "James launches campaign for sales tax hike to fund pre-K," 3 July 2018 Government and philanthropic support for male contraceptives is important, but not enough. Régine Sitruk-ware, STAT, "Getting contraceptives for men to the market will take pharma’s help," 11 May 2018 As part of the master agreement signed by Lakewood, the Cleveland Clinic and Lakewood Hospital Association, a provision called for the creation of a philanthropic foundation dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the Lakewood community. John Benson,, "Lakewood seeking volunteers for Healthy Lakewood Foundation," 30 Apr. 2018 Axelrod also uses his fortune to provide for the families of his dead colleagues (without granting even one interview about this to the press), to form philanthropic foundations, to dole out thick donations to the NYPD and FDNY. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, ""Billions" reckons with the inflated egos and muddled ethics of Wall Street.," 24 Apr. 2018 Both Penn State and Michigan State are public, research universities with strong philanthropic support., "Zuckerberg Testifies Before Senate Panel," 10 Apr. 2018 The collaboration between Aetna’s philanthropic foundation and U.S. News dates back about a year after Aetna began discussing the idea with the publication, known for its rankings of universities and hospitals. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Aetna Ranking Aims To Be Model For Improving Health In Local Communities," 26 Mar. 2018 In 2009, Saif pledged to LSE a £1.5 million donation from his family’s philanthropic foundation for research funding. Ian Bremmer, Time, "5 Politicos With Questionable Academic Credentials," 5 Mar. 2018 The event where Obama spoke was co-hosted by Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and held at the home of Liz Simons and Mark Heising, who head the philanthropic Heising-Simons Foundation. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Obama still backing Pelosi while other Democrats move on," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of philanthropic

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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phil·an·throp·ic | \ ˌfi-lən-ˈthrä-pik \

Kids Definition of philanthropic

: for or relating to the act of giving money and time to help needy people : charitable I do philanthropic work.

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