1. [syn: philanthropy, philanthropic gift]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Philanthropy \Phi*lan"thro*py\, n. [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.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: voluntary promotion of human welfare [syn: philanthropy,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
43 Moby Thesaurus words for "philanthropy":
BOMFOG, Benthamism, Christian charity, Christian love, agape, aid,
almsgiving, altruism, assistance, beneficence, benevolence,
benevolent disposition, benevolentness, benignity, bigheartedness,
brotherly love, caritas, charitableness, charity, contribution,
do-goodism, donation, flower power, generosity, giving, goodwill,
grace, grant, greatheartedness, help, humanitarianism,
largeheartedness, largesse, liberality, love, love of mankind,
magnanimity, patronage, philanthropism, thoughtfulness,
utilitarianism, welfarism, well-disposedness