Donor Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Donor, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Donor?

n. The entity or person who makes an outright donation or gift.

History and Meaning of Donor

The term "donor" comes from the Latin word "donare" which means "to give as a gift." A donor is a person or entity that gives or donates something, usually money, goods, or services, to another person or entity. In the legal context, a donor specifically refers to one who makes an outright gift or donation, without any expectation of receiving something in return.

Examples of Donor

  1. A philanthropic donor gives a large sum of money to a nonprofit organization to support a specific cause or charity.
  2. An organ donor donates their organs after death to help save the lives of others in need of an organ transplant.
  3. A political donor contributes money to a political campaign or organization to support particular political candidates or causes.
  4. A blood donor gives a portion of their blood to a blood bank or donation center to help patients in need of blood transfusions.
  5. A sperm donor donates sperm to a fertility clinic to help individuals or couples conceive a child.

Legal Terms Similar to Donor

  1. Grantor - a person who transfers property, usually real estate, to another person or entity.
  2. Testator - a person who makes a valid will, disposing of their property after death.
  3. Benefactor - a person who gives money or other help to a person or cause.
  4. Contributor - a person who contributes something, such as money, ideas, or effort.
  5. Patron - a person who supports a particular organization or cause, often financially.