King Bali had been forewarned that the alm seeking monk was Vishnu himself. But that did not stop Bali from giving what Lord had asked of him: three footsteps of land. In two steps, Lord Vamana measured the entire span of the universe and then asked Bali where he should place the third step.
“My head, Lord, is still there,” Bali said. So great was his charity that it became a verb in the vocabulary of Sanatana Dharma: Bali-daan, that is, sacrifice or charity like Bali.
At Sadhana, we call these patrons our custodians.