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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 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).[4]

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