Phi*lan"thro*py (?), n. [L. philanthropia, Gr. : 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.
<-- (2) active effort to promote human welfare; humanitarian activity. [i.e., an action, not merely a state of mind] -->
<-- 2. 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. -->
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