benefactor

Every school, museum, and struggling artist is in search for a generous benefactor, or someone to provide the financial means to keep everything running smoothly.

The Latin roots of benefactor are bene, which means "well," and facere, which means "to do" — literally, "to do well." A benefactor does well by supporting (usually financially) a person or a good cause. In the old days, a struggling artist or actor might have been supported by a wealthy benefactor. Now, many struggling artists and actors have to rely on waiting tables and other odd jobs instead.

Definitions of benefactor
  1. noun
    a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
    synonyms: helper
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    benefactress
    a woman benefactor
    bondsman, bondswoman
    someone who signs a bond as surety for someone else
    bestower, conferrer, donor, giver, presenter
    person who makes a gift of property
    donor
    (medicine) someone who gives blood or tissue or an organ to be used in another person (the host)
    fairy godmother
    a generous benefactor
    good Samaritan
    a person who voluntarily offers help or sympathy in times of trouble
    do-gooder, humanitarian, improver
    someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms
    liberator
    someone who releases people from captivity or bondage
    accommodator, obliger
    someone who performs a service or does a favor
    offerer, offeror
    someone who presents something to another for acceptance or rejection
    patron, sponsor, supporter
    someone who supports or champions something
    provider
    someone who provides the means for subsistence
    deliverer, rescuer, savior, saviour
    a person who rescues you from harm or danger
    sparer
    someone who refrains from injuring or destroying
    uncle
    a source of help and advice and encouragement
    christ, messiah
    any expected deliverer
    abnegator
    one who gives up or relinquishes or renounces something
    almsgiver
    a person who gives alms
    angel, backer
    invests in a theatrical production
    blood donor
    someone who gives blood to be used for transfusions
    emancipator, manumitter
    someone who frees others from bondage
    godfather
    someone having a relation analogous to that of a male sponsor to his godchild
    godparent
    a person who sponsors someone (the godchild) at baptism
    guarantor, surety, warranter, warrantor
    one who promises to pay back a borrower's debt if in the event of a default on a loan
    Indian giver
    an offensive term for someone who asks you to return a present he has given you
    organ donor
    someone from whom an organ is taken for transplantation
    patroness, patronne
    a woman who is a patron or the wife of a patron
    altruist, philanthropist
    someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being
    settlor, trustor
    (law) a person who creates a trust by giving real or personal property in trust to a trustee for the benefit of a beneficiary; a person who gives such property is said to settle it on the trustee
    contributor, subscriber
    someone who contributes (or promises to contribute) a sum of money
    subsidiser, subsidizer
    someone who assists or supports by giving a subsidy
    tipper
    a person who leaves a tip
    pillar of strength, tower of strength
    a person who can be relied on to give a great deal of support and comfort
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    good person
    a person who is good to other people
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