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 purposesb : an organization distributing or supported by funds set aside for humanitarian purposes
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
Recent Examples of philanthropy from the Web
In 2010, 150 individuals and families joined Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett and pledged to donate at least half of their wealth to philanthropy.
The company has a history of community involvement and philanthropy, donating $10,000 to flood relief for victims of the Louisiana flood of 2016 and establishing a student internship program with a local university, for example.
AS220 pulls its funding from a variety of sources: artists’ rents, philanthropy and foundation support, and for-profit businesses like an in-house restaurant, Crenca said.
Penn State is now trying to force the groups to emphasize the best of their missions — friendship, leadership, philanthropy — rather than the dangerous and ugly parts.
Ali Rieck has joined The Nature Conservancy as philanthropy writer.
George W. Marston was Horton’s first clerk at the Horton House and later became San Diego’s most prominent citizen in both business and philanthropy.
Some of the Wilmot students who thought philanthropy was just about giving money are learning there other forms of generosity.
WSJ: What are some mistakes parents can make when teaching philanthropy to children?
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of philanthropy
Late Latin philanthropia, from Greek philanthrōpia, from philanthrōpos loving people, from phil- + anthrōpos human being
First Known Use: circa 1623
PHILANTHROPY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of philanthropy for English Language Learners
: the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people
PHILANTHROPY Defined for Kids
Definition of philanthropy for Students
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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