philanthropy

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Philanthropy \Phi*lan"thro*py\, noun [L. philanthropia, Gr. filanqrwpi'a: cf. F. philanthropie.] Love to mankind; benevolence toward the whole human family; universal good will; desire and readiness to do good to all men; -- opposed to {misanthropy}. --Jer. Taylor.

2. An active effort to promote human welfare; humanitarian activity. in this sense, it is an action, not merely a state of mind. [PJC]

3. An organization whose purpose is to engage in philanthropy(2), and is supported by funds from one or a small number of wealthy individuals; a type of charity, the source of whose funds is typically from a wealthy individual or a corporation, or a trust fund established by a wealthy individual. It is distinguished from other charitable organizations in that the source of funds of other charities may come from a large number of sources, or from public solicitation. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

philanthropy

noun

1: voluntary promotion of human welfare [syn: {philanthropy}, {philanthropic gift}]


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