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A Philanthropreneur is an entrepreneurial philanthropist. The term is claimed to be coined by Internet entrepreneur Mark Desvaux in 2004,[1] however The Wall Street Journal used the term in a 1999 article[2] and a publication entitled The Philanthropreneur Newsletter existed as far back as 1997.[3]


Philanthropreneurs are people who bring an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy: they are interested in effecting positive changes in the world and alleviating suffering, but are doing so for profit. Their contributions are investments rather than donations.

As outlined in a New York Times article ("What's Wrong With Profit?", 13 November 2006) by Stephanie Strom, as part of a supplement on Giving, stated that philanthropreneurs are "driven to do good and have their profit, too".[4]

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