A “philanthropreneur” (philanthropist + entrepreneur) is someone who, through business, invests in charitable causes. The Philanthropreneur Newsletter was trademarked with a first use in commerce of October 15, 1997.
The term “philanthropreneur” became popular in the 2000s, especially to describe the philanthropic activities of tech company entrepreneurs.
Blend of philanthropist + entrepreneur
philanthropreneur (plural philanthropreneurs)
1. An entrepreneurial philanthropist; one who invests money in charitable causes.
A Philanthropreneur is an entrepreneurial philanthropist. The term is claimed to be coined by Internet entrepreneur Mark Desvaux in 2004, however The Wall Street Journal used the term in a 1999 article and a publication entitled The Philanthropreneur Newsletter existed as far back as 1997.
Philanthropreneurs are people who bring a creative or entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy: They are interested in effecting positive changes in the world and alleviating suffering, but they are doing so in new and creative ways. Philanthropreneurs often “driven to do good and have their profit, too” as Stephanie Strom writes in a New York Times article ("What’s Wrong With Profit?”, 13 November 2006). Philanthropreneurs tend to view their contributions are investments rather than donations.
10 November 1997, The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, CA), “Newsletter will report nonprofit enterprises,” Business Monday, pg. 17, cols. 2-3:
An entrepreneurial movement is under way in the nonprofit and government sectors. To aid this trend, The Philanthropreneur Newsletter will be launched in January by Oakfield Enterprises in Honolulu.
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Friday 1 January 1999
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Philanthropreneur Month (highlighting non-profit organizations that make money to support their missions through enterprise)
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There’s nothing geeks like more than a big problem to solve, and in recent years, a new generation of so-called “philanthropreneurs” has emerged. Their goal: Apply the lessons of Silicon Valley-style capitalism to intractable social and environmental problems. From Bill Gates to Richard Branson, these new do-gooders are spending tens of billions to transform the developing world.
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n. An entrepreneur who uses business principles and practices to raise money for charity or operate a charitable organization.
An entrepreneur who charitably donates some or all of the rewards from his successful business revenues towards assisting causes and founding philanthropic ventures.
Bill Gates is a very generous individual who shares the wealth earned from his history as an entrepreneur now as a philanthropreneur, giving back to the needy.
by funkessentials October 28, 2013
The Telegraph (UK)
Philanthropreneurship: How to give lots to charity without being stinking rich
Greed is no longer good. These days, the smart money is on companies that also help others. Molly Gunn meets the ‘philanthropreneurs’
By Molly Gunn 6:00AM GMT 07 Nov 2015
Still, can I really be the only person who feels that having a standing order to a favourite charity, donating to disaster appeals and buying The Big Issue isn’t really enough? But now there’s another way. Coined by Time magazine, the tongue-twister term ‘philanthropreneurs’ refers to businesspeople who give back via their skills or the cash they earn.
It could mean donating a portion of their company’s profits, contributing to a community, or starting a charity or campaign.
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