Definition of philanthropist
: one who makes an active effort to promote human welfare : a person who practices philanthropy
Examples of philanthropist in a Sentence
John D. was indisputably a great philanthropist. He took care of his family first, of course; but he founded the University of Chicago in 1892, the Rockefeller Institute (now Rockefeller University) in 1901, and the Rockefeller Foundation in 1911, and made other substantial gifts along the way. —Robert M. Solow, New Republic, 23 Dec. 2002
You had to admire it and admire the man, who sat now like a benign locust, his slender insectile body swamped in a black leather chair, leaning over the desk, all smiles, a parasite disguised as a philanthropist. —Zadie Smith, White Teeth, 2000
Among his converts was Arthur Tappan, a New York textile merchant and philanthropist who sheltered and guided the development of the antislavery movement through its long early years by dint of sheer openhandedness. —Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam, (1998) 2005
… a hundred-and-one-year-old Jewish philanthropist in Hartsdale named Henry J. Gaisman donated two and a quarter million dollars to the Archdiocese to purchase the property and preserve the integrity of the landmark. —Brendan Gill, New Yorker, 10 June 1991
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And Reich delivered it in an unusual setting, speaking Tuesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, to an audience that included more than a few philanthropists and foundation executives.
As a humanitarian an philanthropist, the music icon reportedly chose to wear it on his right arm to remind people that children are suffering around the world.
Chief among them were noted local philanthropists: the late Conrad Prebys, who gave $11 million, Ernest Rady, who contributed $10 million, and Vi McKinney and her late husband, Dan, $5 million.
The national honor, awarded every two years to philanthropists who have had significant impact, puts the Lenfests in a national context –
In addition to the companies, several individuals, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, physicist Stephen Hawking and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, endorsed the proposal.
In an interview with Alana Semuels last week, the billionaire Reid Hoffman made his case for how philanthropists can make government more efficient.
Oh, yeah, and Naomi Campbell, the supermodel, actress, and businesswoman, and Annie Lennox, singer-songwriter, activist, and philanthropist will also be there.
My grandfather, Anthony Abraham, was a pillar of our community and devout philanthropist and active in our nation’s politics.
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PHILANTHROPIST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of philanthropist for English Language Learners
: a wealthy person who gives money and time to help make life better for other people
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: a person who gives generously to help other people
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