phil·​an·​throp·​ic | \ ˌfi-lən-ˈthrä-pik How to pronounce philanthropic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly philanthropical \ ˌfi-​lən-​ˈthrä-​pi-​kəl How to pronounce philanthropic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce philanthropic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of philanthropic in a Sentence

a philanthropic society that has been doing good for over a century
Recent Examples on the Web Is there enough appetite among the philanthropic community to mount a successful fund-raising campaign? James Sullivan,, "Amazon project would deliver two new theaters to the Seaport," 10 Feb. 2021 Now these businesses are rebuilding with the help of the philanthropic community, city leaders, community members and artists. Sheila Regan Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "After civil unrest, Twin Cities neighborhoods rebuild with philanthropy," 4 Nov. 2020 The announcement comes after Team Roc, the philanthropic arm of Jay Z's company, Roc Nation, and rapper Yo Gotti teamed up to hire lawyers for 227 Mississippi inmates over conditions in the prison. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Health care provider severs ties with Mississippi prisons after Jay Z and Yo Gotti lawsuit," 1 Aug. 2020 The couple also founded and lead philanthropic organizations in Dallas, including United to Learn and The Commit Partnership, which aim to end inequities in education. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, "Philanthropists Abby and Todd Williams to receive 92nd Linz Award for contributions to Dallas education," 17 Apr. 2021 The money will come from two philanthropic organizations connected to Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, who announced the plan. Corey Williams, Star Tribune, "$500M fund to help Detroit neighborhoods, pay tax debt," 25 Mar. 2021 Since February, 2019, the city has been sending five hundred dollars a month, funded by philanthropic organizations, to a hundred and twenty-five people, with no strings attached. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Biden’s Stimulus Plan Contains an Experiment in Universal Basic Income," 15 Mar. 2021 In Texas this February, emergency management officials and philanthropic organizations worked tirelessly to help residents. Denise Brodey, Forbes, "The Huge Cost Of Ignoring Disabled People’s Sophisticated Understanding Of Disaster Planning," 3 Mar. 2021 The Clayton County resident owes $7,000 in back rent and has had an eviction filed against her, but has struggled to get financial help from philanthropic organizations or from CARES Act funding. Leon Stafford, ajc, "COVID-19 exposes the Black community’s long history of housing instability," 27 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of philanthropic

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Philanthropic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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phil·​an·​throp·​ic | \ ˌfi-lən-ˈthrä-pik How to pronounce philanthropic (audio) \

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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