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benefactor (noun) donor; one who gives gifts of cash and kind to good causes.

A person who donates large amounts of money for good causes like running orphanages, old age homes, etc., is a benefactor. Those who give large amounts of money to support schools, colleges, etc., is a benefactor of the institutions. Carnegie, Ford, Rockefeller, and Fulbright who established foundations for the promotion of research in the sciences and the arts are examples of benefactors. People who liberally help the poor are also benefactors.

  • But for the generosity of the benefactors whose huge donations, endowments, and charitable trusts, have enabled the US to carry on researches on a number of subjects, it would not have been in the forefront of technological advancement.
  • 'You give back to the society at least a part of what you have received from it.' This seems to be the guiding principle of the benefactors who make huge funds available for a good cause, which are of great benefit to the poorer sections of the society.
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