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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In supporting a nonprofit social enterprise for those in need, the Morattis pioneered a mode of giving that is rare in Europe, where serious philanthropy remains the exception instead of the rule. Mario Calvo-platero, Town & Country, "This Renzo Mongiardino–Designed Home in Milan Has a Beautiful Secret," 16 May 2019 In 2016, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury proved that there's no better power pairing than lipstick and philanthropy. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Charlotte Tilbury Is Launching a Second Hot Lips Collection," 8 May 2019 Because the decisions that the rich make in 2019 will shape the real estate, philanthropy and startup worlds for years to come. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Wealth managers and charities are looking forward to an IPO-rich 2019," 21 Dec. 2018 Govan says that concurrent building projects don’t deplete the philanthropy community. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "At LACMA, new urgency to finish raising $650 million for the new museum building," 3 July 2018 The family has become a regular figure in philanthropy, helping fund art exhibits including the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Purdue Pharma Family Had Heavy Hand in Opioid Marketing, Complaint Says," 15 Jan. 2019 In the wake of Allen’s death Monday, much has been made of his philanthropy and wealth on a grand scale. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "How Paul Allen quietly saved an Orcas Island preschool," 19 Oct. 2018 Emilia Clarke, however, has just announced her first foray into philanthropy. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Emilia Clarke Opens Up About Suffering From Brain Injuries, and Then Announces Her New Charity, SameYou," 21 Mar. 2019 The report comes from the Sunday Times, which reported that a source close to the royals explained that Harry and Meghan wanted full independence and the chance to create a global philanthropy brand. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Asked for Independence and the Queen Said No," 17 Mar. 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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philanthropy

noun

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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