What is Benefactor?

Legal Definition
A benefactor is a person who gives some form of help to benefit a person, group or organization (the beneficiary), 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).
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Legal Definition
An individual who financially assists another individual, such as someone who contributes to charitable organizations, or a family member that provides cash to another family member for school, etc.