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+ phil- . -anthropy
The word comes, via
Late Latin and philanthropia Middle French , from philanthropie . The prefix phil- comes from Ancient Greek Ancient Greek ( φίλος phílos, “ friend ”), from the verb ( φίλω phílō, “ I like, I love ”). -anthropy comes from the noun ( ἄνθρωπος ánthrōpos, “ man; human ”).
philanthropy ( , countable and uncountable plural ) philanthropies
( uncountable ) Benevolent altruism with the intention of increasing the well-being of mankind.
Charitable giving, charity.
As public funding is reduced, we depend increasingly on private philanthropy.
: 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, Lord Stranleigh Abroad 
“I have tried, as I hinted, to enlist the co-operation of other capitalists, but experience has taught me that any appeal is futile that does not impinge directly upon cupidity. If there is the least hint of philanthropy in the project, every man of money fights shy of it.” A
His tombstone lists his various philanthropies. A charitable foundation
the Rockefeller philanthropies
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benevolent altruism with the intention of increasing the well-being of mankind