Christine Egger: "At Social Actions, the working definition of philanthropy is 'a gesture of compassion towards humanity.'" Philia (the root of philanthropy) and caritas (the root of charity) mean exactly that - love, as in brotherly/sisterly love. Charity starts at home, but no commandment tells us it must stop there. The "gesture" part tells us that compassion must be more than an inner state, it must become a social action, or social gesture, even a trend, perhaps, or movement. Social Actions may foment exactly that, as Christine suggest: "An (explicitly compassionate) Philanthropic Web."