What is philanthropy?

For many people the word ‘philanthropy’ is synonymous with substantial one-off donations. For others it represents a longer commitment to giving both time and money.

The Root of the word ‘Philanthropy’ lies in the Late Latin philanthrõpia’ and from the Greek: love mankind, from philos loving + anthrõpos man and is defined as the practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions and a love of mankind in general.

The reality is that philanthropy can be interpreted in many ways and means different things to different people. But one thing common to all philanthropists is that they are committed to giving in order to make a genuine difference to others and contribute towards an improved society and greater opportunities for all.

Corporate philanthropy has been around in some form for centuries in Merseyside. Notable Merseyside –linked philanthropists of the past include social reformer William Rathbone VI and his daughter Eleanor Rathbone, Lord Leverhulme of the Lever Brothers soap factory (now part of Unilever), Irish-American banker William Brown, Sir John Moores, Sir William Pickles Hartley of Hartley’s Jam Company and sugar merchant Henry Tate. Merseyside prides itself on being a home to some of the world’s greatest philanthropists both past and present.

Their philanthropic activities have supported a region with hugely disparate levels of wealth and a tradition of philanthropic and charitable giving to the communities of Merseyside still exists today.

To discuss how you could set up your own bedspoke philanthropy offer through us, contact 

Karen Morris
Community Philanthropy Director
Call 0151 232 2414 or email Karen.Morris@cflm.email 


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