The Meaning of Philanthropy


φιλία (philia) means “love”

άνθρωποι (anthropoi) means “people”

The love of people.  If your generosity begins with a love of others then the work you support should be people-centered.

Integrated Philanthropy promotes people-centered work, making sure that their voice and influence is Integrated in the entire process, from vision to evaluation.

Integrated Philanthropy initiative

The Integrated Philanthropy Initiative is a partnership of philanthropic and charitable organizations committed to strengthening the effectiveness of philanthropy by integrating the voice/influence of the beneficiary as agents and owners of their own better futures. We believe that philanthropy is far more effective with systematic inclusion, participation and influence of those we hope to serve. Program designs should discover and build upon the "beneficiary's" vision of a better future, mobilize local resources, require their contribution (equity), capture frequent and influential feedback, and leverage frontline ideas for innovation. Nonprofit efforts that are people-centered in this way are less vulnerable to philanthropic foibles and more likely to yield sustainable positive impact.

The Discovery Tool featured on this site is a prototype and will evolve during 2018. We encourage nonprofit leaders to use this tool, together your staff, to gain insights and ideas to strengthen people-centered practices. Contact us to use the Discovery process and receive a summary report as well as discussion guides to facilitate internal conversations and learning. These tools are offered free of charge to nonprofits.