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donation

Noun

1 a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause [syn: contribution]
2 act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity [syn: contribution]

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From donation, from dōnātiō (a presenting), from dōnāre (to give), from dōnum (a gift). Used in English since the 15th century.

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Translations

donation

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French

Etymology

From donationem (accusative of donatio).

Noun

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Swedish

Noun

donation

Extensive Definition

A donation is a gift given, typically to a cause or/and for charitable purposes. A donation may take various forms, including cash, services, new or used goods as i.e. clothing, toys, food, vehicles, emergency or humanitarian aid items, and can also relate to medical care needs as i.e. blood or organs for transplant. Charitable gifts of goods or services are also called gifts in kind.

Legal aspects

Donations are gifts given without return consideration. This lack of return consideration means that, in common law, an agreement to make a donation is an "imperfect contract void for want of consideration." Only when the donation is actually made does it acquire legal status as a transfer or property. In civil law jurisdictions, on the contrary, donations are valid contracts, though they may require some extra formalities, such as being done in writing.
In politics, the law of some countries may prohibit or restrict the extent to which politicians may accept gifts or donations of large sums of money, especially from business or special interest groups (see campaign finance).
In countries where there are limits imposed on the freedom of disposition of the testator, there are usually similar limits on donations.
The person or institution giving a gift is called the donor, and the person or institution getting the gift is called the donee.

Donating in the name of others

It is possible to donate in the name of a third party, making a gift in honor or in memory of someone or something. Gifts in honor or memory of a third party are made for various reasons, such as holiday gifts, wedding gifts, in memory of somebody who has died, in memory of pets or in the name of groups or associations no longer existing. Memorial gifts are sometimes requested by the survivors (e.g. "in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to ABC Charity"), usually directing donations to a charitable organization for which the deceased was a donor or volunteer, or for a cause befitting the deceased's priorities in life or manner of death. Memorial donations are also sometimes given by people if they cannot go to the ceremonies.
donation in German: Spende
donation in Spanish: Donación
donation in Indonesian: Sumbangan
donation in Italian: Donazione
donation in Japanese: 寄付
donation in Serbian: Донација
donation in Swedish: Donation
donation in Korean: 증여
donation in Chinese: 捐贈

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