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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One marker highlights Paul Mellon’s life and philanthropy. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 Volunteer for a committee that has high visibility, maybe one in corporate philanthropy that plans one big event per year the C-level executives attend. Jennifer Folsom, NBC News, "Strapped for time? The working mom's guide to networking," 2 July 2019 Ken was recognized by many organizations for his business success and philanthropy. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/30," 30 June 2019 Martin in a statement said she is honored to lead the organization and continue its legacy of advancing life sciences by bringing together industry, academia and philanthropy. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Ex-Lilly executive tapped to lead BioCrossroads," 26 June 2019 The guild’s philanthropy awards and new slate of officers were presented June 13 at the Oakmont Country Club. Ruth Sowby Rands, latimes.com, "On the Town: Cabrini Literary Guild honors local organizations, installs officers," 24 June 2019 There’s one main thing that crowdfunding shares with traditional philanthropy: having a strategy behind the solicitation. Quentin Fottrell, Town & Country, "GoFundMe Has Revolutionized How We Give, But Is That a Good Thing?," 19 June 2019 Una Osili, an associate dean at the Lilly philanthropy school, said giving to religious institutions has been lagging behind other sectors for several years. Washington Post, "Charitable giving by individual Americans drops in 2018," 18 June 2019 Nextiva passionately supports the community through Nextiva Cares, the company’s corporate philanthropy program. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "MEDIUM COMPANY RANKINGS:," 13 June 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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