AskDefine | Define benefactor

Dictionary Definition

benefactor n : a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help) [syn: helper]

User Contributed Dictionary



From the bene "good" and factor "maker" though unsure.


  1. Somebody who gives one a gift (normally refers to a person who gives to a charity).


Related terms


on who gives gifts or help

Extensive Definition

A benefactor is a person who gives some form of help to benefit a person, group or organization, often gifting a monetary contribution in the form of an endowment to help a cause. Benefactors are humanitarian leaders and charitable patrons providing assistance in many forms, such as an alumnus from a university giving back to a college or an individual providing assistance to others. The word benefactor comes from Latin bene (good) and factor (maker).

See also

benefactor in Serbian: Бенефактор
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