philanthropy

noun
phi·​lan·​thro·​py | \ fə-ˈlan(t)-thrə-pē How to pronounce philanthropy (audio) \
plural philanthropies

Definition of philanthropy

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

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How Should You Use philanthropy?

With its anthro- root, philanthropy means literally "love of mankind". Thus, philanthropy is giving money for a purpose or cause benefiting people who you don't personally know. (Animals are usually included as well.) Individuals have often set up their own permanent philanthropic organizations in the form of foundations. The greatest American philanthropists have included Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller, but tens of millions of us could be considered philanthropists on a much smaller scale.

Examples of philanthropy in a Sentence

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 Cooper, born in New York City in 1791, was himself an inventor and a hands-on industrialist, whose fortune got its start in the glue business, greatly expanded in the iron industry, eventually included more than half the telegraph lines in the United States, and was significantly invested in philanthropy and the cause of public education. — John Updike, New York Review of Books, 10 Aug. 2006 In conditions of anarchy, a crude and violent order, based upon brute force and psychopathic ruthlessness, soon establishes itself, which regards philanthropy not as a friend but as an enemy and a threat. — Theodore Dalrymple, National Review, 26 Sept. 2005 The family's philanthropy made it possible to build the public library. among the industrialist's philanthropies was a college scholarship fund for deserving students from the inner city
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Recent Examples on the Web The band earned the title for their philanthropy and impact on music history. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Grammys 2020: How to watch, who's performing and what's happening during the music awards," 17 Jan. 2020 Dimon told Fox Business that the bank plans to increase its philanthropy in San Francisco. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "JPMorgan healthcare conference returning to SF in 2021 despite complaints," 16 Jan. 2020 Big spending has also made his philanthropy a dominant force on climate change, gun control and other issues. Tarini Parti And Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "The Bloomberg Effect: Huge Spending Transforms 2020 Campaign Dynamics," 16 Jan. 2020 Many billionaires and millionaires contribute to society (many times anonymously) with their philanthropy. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Way to soar, Falcons; Don’t vilify the billionaires; What about the victim of the pardoned immigrant? (12/30/19)," 30 Dec. 2019 Imus' unsparing on-air persona was tempered by his off-air philanthropy, raising more than $40 million for groups including the CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Arkansas Online, "Former radio host Don Imus dies at 79," 28 Dec. 2019 Imus’ unsparing on-air persona was tempered by his off-air philanthropy, raising more than $40 million for groups including the CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Washington Post, "DJ Don Imus, made and betrayed by his mouth, dead at 79," 28 Dec. 2019 Imus’ unsparing on-air persona was tempered by his off-air philanthropy, raising more than $40 million for groups including the CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. BostonGlobe.com, "COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Disc jockey Don Imus, whose career was made and then undone by his acid tongue during a decades-long rise to radio stardom and an abrupt public plunge after a nationally broadcast racial slur, has died . He was 79.," 28 Dec. 2019 Imus’ unsparing on-air persona was tempered by his off-air philanthropy, raising more than $40 million for groups including the CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. David Bauder, Twin Cities, "DJ Don Imus, made and betrayed by his mouth, dead at 79," 27 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'philanthropy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of philanthropy

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for philanthropy

Late Latin philanthropia, from Greek philanthrōpia, from philanthrōpos loving people, from phil- + anthrōpos human being

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The first known use of philanthropy was circa 1623

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“Philanthropy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/philanthropy. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for philanthropy

philanthropy

noun
How to pronounce philanthropy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of philanthropy

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

philanthropy

noun
phi·​lan·​thro·​py | \ fə-ˈlan-thrə-pē How to pronounce philanthropy (audio) \
plural philanthropies

Kids Definition of philanthropy

1 : desire and active effort to help other people
2 : something done or given to help needy people
3 : an organization giving or supported by charitable gifts

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