donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity).
donate a piano to the orphanage
bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver.
bestow unwanted advice
confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor).
confer an honorary degree
afford implies a giving or bestowing usually as a natural or legitimate consequence of the character of the giver.
the trees afford shade
a development that affords us some hope
Examples of bestow in a Sentence
The university bestowed on her an honorary degree. bestowed a new car on their son for graduation
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Middle English, from be- + stowe place — more at stow