A donation is a gift someone gives to a cause they believe in. If you have ever put a dollar into a collection plate or hat, you have made a donation.

No one has to give a donation; donations are voluntary. In addition to disease research, many schools, arts groups, museums, churches, and groups that help the poor rely on donations. Donations usually take the form of money, but giving anything away to a cause could be considered a donation — like giving books to a library or bringing deviled eggs to a school potluck.

Definitions of donation
  1. noun
    a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
    synonyms: contribution
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    a contribution of money or assistance
    money contributed to a religious organization
    political contribution, political donation
    a contribution made to a politician or a political campaign or a political party
    an offering of a tenth part of some personal income
    the offerings of the congregation at a religious service
    Peter's pence, hearth money
    an annual contribution made by Roman Catholics to support the papal see
    soft money
    political contributions made in such a way as to avoid the United States regulations for federal election campaigns (as by contributions to a political action committee)
    thank offering
    an offering made as an expression of thanks
    type of:
    something acquired without compensation
  2. noun
    act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity
    synonyms: contribution
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    a pledged contribution
    money or goods contributed to the poor
    type of:
    gift, giving
    the act of giving
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