Sunday, July 26, 2009


Definition of charity, meaning of charity:
(Noun, plural charities)

1. (uncountable) The providing of goods or money to those in need.
2. The goods or money given to those in need.
3. (countable) An organization whose purpose is to provide for those in need.
4. An attitude of kindness and understanding towards others.

Allegorical personification of Charity as a mother with three infants by Anthony van Dyck
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Words (Vocabulary) to describe charity:

  • unlimited loving-kindness
  • ultimate perfection of the human spirit
  • glorify and reflect the nature of God
  • self-sacrificial
  • not easily provoked

Charity is comprised two parts, love of God and love of man, which includes both love of one's neighbour and one's self.

Definition of Charity
A charity is an entity established for altruistic purposes that the law regards as charitable.

Charitable purposes are

  • the relief of poverty,
  • the relief of the needs of the aged,
  • the relief of sickness or distress,
  • the advancement of religion,
  • the advancement of education,
  • the provision of child care services on a non-profit basis and
  • other purposes beneficial to the community (or section of the community)

The characteristics of a charity are:

  • it is an entity that is also a trust fund or an institution
  • it exists for the public benefit or the relief of poverty
  • its purposes are charitable within the legal sense of that term
  • it is non-profit
  • its sole purpose is charitable

An organisation is not charitable if:

  • it is carried on for the purposes of profit or gain to particular persons including its owners or members
  • it is primarily for sporting, recreational or social purposes
  • it is primarily for political, lobbying or promotional purposes

Some examples of organisations whose purposes are NOT charitable include:

  • commercial or business enterprises operated for fund raising purposes
  • community service organisations that have a significant membership purpose, such as traditional service clubs, for example, Rotary and Lions clubs
  • organisations carried on for the common interests of the members, such as professional or trade groups
  • organisations established primarily for political, lobbying or promotional purposes

Charity by William-Adolphe Bouguereau