A sponsor provides support for someone or something, typically by supplying cash. Because your company is a sponsor for a homeless organization, they provide funding for the annual 5K run to raise money for the shelter.

The word sponsor stems from the Latin word spondre, meaning "give assurance, promise solemnly." A sponsor might support an important issue such as cancer research or education, or a sponsor might take responsibility for someone. You might be your brother's sponsor so he can join your exclusive chess group. Sponsor has a verb form to describe the action of supporting or leading something. You can sponsor a nonprofit arts organization by donating and participating on the board.

Definitions of sponsor
  1. noun
    an advocate who presents a person (as for an award or a degree or an introduction etc.)
    synonyms: presenter
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    type of:
    advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent
    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
  2. noun
    someone who supports or champions something
    synonyms: patron, supporter
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    angel, backer
    invests in a theatrical production
    someone having a relation analogous to that of a male sponsor to his godchild
    a person who sponsors someone (the godchild) at baptism
    guarantor, surety, warranter, warrantor
    one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another
    patroness, patronne
    a woman who is a patron or the wife of a patron
    pillar of strength, tower of strength
    a person who can be relied on to give a great deal of support and comfort
    any man who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism
    any woman who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism
    type of:
    benefactor, helper
    a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
  3. verb
    assume sponsorship of
    synonyms: patronise, patronize
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    sponsor together with another sponsor
    type of:
    support materially or financially
  4. verb
    assume responsibility for or leadership of
    “The senator announced that he would sponsor the health care plan”
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    type of:
    back up, support
    give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
  5. verb
    do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
    synonyms: buy at, frequent, patronise, patronize, shop, shop at
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    refuse to sponsor; refuse to do business with
    type of:
    back up, support
    give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
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