Philanthropist

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Philanthropist

A wealthy individual who gives money to charity or other programs designed to help others. The term is most applicable when the individual starts his/her own organization to promote pet programs. For example, Bill Gates established the Gates Foundation to perform a variety of philanthropic activities such as agricultural development and the establishment of libraries.
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As one NGO worker commented, "Our organization is linked to the world (philantrophists), to local communities, and to government departments" (interview, Kota Kinabalu, 2 February 2013).
Kiano was careful to pacify men and the state while she built MYWO into the (rumored) largest women's development organization on the continent of Africa by expanding national membership and securing substantial amounts of material, technical, and financial assistance from foreign donors, the state, and local philantrophists. She was careful not to bruise male egos by making demands for women's rights and gender equality; therefore, she walked a tightrope and did not publicly disturb the gendered cultures of politics.
The two institutions were created by local philantrophists Bruno Bagnoud and Albina du Boisrouvray in memory of their only son, a young helicopter pilot, aeronautical engineer, and car racer, who died in an accident in 1986.