- altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.
- the activity of donating to such persons or purposes in this way: to devote one's later years to philanthropy.
- a particular act, form, or instance of this activity: The art museum was their favorite philanthropy.
- an organization devoted to helping needy persons or to other socially useful purposes.
Origin of philanthropy
Related Words for philanthropygenerosity, charity, benefaction, assistance, beneficence, dole, fund, donation, relief, alms, contribution, altruism, endowment, gifting
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Contemporary Examples of philanthropy
This huge transfer, the researchers believe, will usher in what they call “a golden age of philanthropy.”Trustafarians Want to Tell You How to Live
October 31, 2014
Having worked in philanthropy myself, I can say that these figures are astounding.The $1-Billion-a-Year Right-Wing Conspiracy You Haven’t Heard Of
September 25, 2014
Although he has been involved in philanthropy and civic affairs, McCormick has never run for office before.
Ronaldo also does more than the perfunctory share of philanthropy that we expect from our athletic superstars.Why It’s Still OK to Hate Sexy Bastard Cristiano Ronaldo After He Saved Team USA
June 26, 2014
But it only looks like philanthropy: what Tesla really wants is for other car companies to be more like them.Tesla’s Radical Patent Move is a Plot to Take Over the Road
June 15, 2014
Historical Examples of philanthropy
O that philosophy or philanthropy could but find it out and work it!
But now, when the stress came, all this philanthropy fell away.In the Valley
There was something in these morsels of philanthropy which reassured the sisters.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
But to call this ethics 'philanthropy' is the strangest of mistakes.Freeland
At any rate, I prefer to take it as philanthropy rather than fun.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
- the practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions
- love of mankind in general
Word Origin for philanthropy
c.1600, from Late Latin philanthropia, from Greek philanthropia "kindliness, humanity, benevolence, love to mankind" (from gods, men, or things), from philanthropos (adj.) "loving mankind, useful to man," from phil- "loving" (see philo-) + anthropos "mankind" (see anthropo-). Originally in English in the Late Latin form; modern spelling attested from 1620s.