The word philanthropy comes from the Greek word “φιλανθρωπία”, which means “love of humanity”, lexically composed of “philos” or “philos” which means “friend” or “lover” plus “anthropos” which is equivalent to “man”. » or «human being» therefore, according to its etymology, it can be said that the word philanthropy refers to that feeling of empathy that a human being possesses to help others in a selfless way. And a philanthropist, then, is that character who imparts love to his neighbor, that is, we speak of a charitable, compassionate, selfless, generous, altruistic person.

In a general way, philanthropy refers to the human race, love and everything that is related to humanity, characteristically in a constructive way expressed in selfless help towards others.

The word was coined by the Roman Emperor Flavius ​​Claudius Julianus who ruled from 361 until his death. One of the main occupations of this character as emperor was to restore paganism, just as the Catholic Church had done in each of its institutions and even in its doctrine, as in this case, so he proposed the term “philanthropy”. » to relieve the Christian of charity who formed one of the virtues of the new religion and who had never been part of paganism as a religion in Athens or Rome.

Philanthropy today manifests itself through volunteering or social action, that is, giving charity, often done through donations such as clothing, food, money, etc. in search of the solution of the problems that many people face due to the lack of this.