fac-, facil-, fact-, feas-, -feat, -fect, -feit, -facient, -faction, -fic-, -fy, -ficate, -fication

(Latin: to make, to do, to build, to cause, to produce; forming, shaping)

beatify (verb), beautifies; beautified; beautifying
beautifier (s) (noun), beautifiers (pl)
beautify (verb), beautifies; beautified; beautifying
benefaction (s) (noun), benefactions (pl)
The act of kindness, of giving charitably, making a donation to a cause or movement: The benefaction that was received exceeded more than the organizers of the food bank had imagined; and so, they were very grateful that they would be able to provide for the needy during the winter.

benefactor (s) (noun), benefactors (pl)
An individual, individuals, or a corporate entity which gives, typically financial aid, to support organizations, projects, etc. that are intended to improve the lives of others: The benefactors for the new school were recognized by a brass plaque outside the entrance to the school which acknowledged their generous assistance.
beneficent (adjective), more beneficent, most beneficent
Descriptive of an act or activity that is kind, generous, intended to help others, etc.: The organization for the homeless received a significant and very liberal, but anonymous donation, the most beneficent gift which they have received this year.
Relating to doing good.
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Characterized by an act of charity or kindness.
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beneficial (adjective), more beneficial, most beneficial
Descriptive of that which brings about a positive result, is favorable, and good: Drinking lots of fresh water is a beneficial action which supports good health.
beneficiary (s) (noun), beneficiaries (pl)
The recipient of gifts or gestures of kindness and generosity: The high school was the beneficiary of a large donation of sports equipment from the local hockey organization.
The recipient of funds, property, or other objects from a will.
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benefit (s) (noun), benefits (pl)
1. An event that is organized typically to raise money or contributions for an undertaking: Catherine's Aunt Ruth is the chairperson for the annual benefit to raise funds to support the local community orchestra.
2.A payment or service given or which is made available to an individual to support his or her health, physical activities, etc.: The insurance company paid a benefit to James who had been injured while working on a construction project.
calefacient (adjective), more calefacient, most calefacient
Relating to something that produces the sensation of heat when it is applied to a person's body: Christine's husband put a calefacient mustard plaster on the bruise she had on her leg.
The study and science of heat.