A Greek term which directly translated means "love of mankind." Philanthropy is an idea, event, or action that is done to better humanity and usually involves some sacrifice as opposed to being done for a profit motive. Acts of philanthropy include donating money to a charity, volunteering at a local shelter, or raising money to donate to cancer research.

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  • You couldn't exactly call Captain Russell rich, but he made a fine living from his merchant ships; and as he donated 20% of his income, the Orphans' Home benefited from his philanthropy.

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  • Philanthropy at my church is supported each year through a volunteer/gift fair in which church members can donate their time and money to a good cause.

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  • The playboy business owner was known for his mild demeanor, his expensive tastes in woman and cars, and his notable devotion to global philanthropy.

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