philanthropy

[fi-lan-thruh-pee]
noun, plural philanthropies.
1.
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.
2.
the activity of donating to such persons or purposes in this way: to devote one's later years to philanthropy.
3.
a particular act, form, or instance of this activity: The art museum was their favorite philanthropy.
4.
an organization devoted to helping needy persons or to other socially useful purposes.

Origin:
1600–10; earlier philanthropia < Late Latin < Greek philanthrōpía love for mankind. See phil-, anthropo-, -y3

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philanthropy (fɪˈlænθrəpɪ)
 
n , pl -pies
1.  the practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions
2.  love of mankind in general
 
[C17: from Late Latin philanthrōpia, from Greek: love of mankind, from philos loving + anthrōpos man]
 
phi'lanthropist
 
n
 
philanthrope
 
n

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philanthropy
c.1600, from L.L. philanthropia, from Gk. philanthropia "humanity, benevolence," from philanthropos (adj.) "loving mankind," from phil- "loving" + anthropos "mankind" (see anthropo-). Originally in L.L. form; modern spelling attested from 1620s.
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Explore the role that philanthropy plays in our lives and the lives of those we
  touch.
Bell devoted his years to further invention and to philanthropy.
We believe philanthropy is a personal choice.
The younger Stetson's next project deals with how generosity and philanthropy
  should be taught in business schools.
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