A philanthropist is a person who puts the welfare of other people first by generously contributing financial support to various charities, causes, etc. Philanthropists are generally very wealthy and give away parts of their own fortune in order to assist others. One such person was John D. Rockefeller, the first American billionaire. He gave away hundreds of millions of dollars to charities, and legend has it that he always carried a pocketful of dimes, giving them to children that he met. My mother once received a dime from Rockefeller, not far from his home in Ormond Beach, Florida.