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Charity may refer to:


  • Charity (practice), the practice of being benevolent, giving and sharing
  • Charity (virtue), the religious concept of unlimited love and kindness
  • Dāna, the virtue of giving, generosity and benevolence in Indian traditions
  • Principle of charity in philosophy and rhetoric
  • Tzedakah, a Hebrew concept commonly used to signify charity
  • Zakat, the Islamic concept of mandatory alms-giving, often translated as "charity"
  • Sadaqah, the Islamic concept of voluntary alms-giving, often translated as "charity"
  • Alms, giving to others as an act of virtue
  • Bhiksha, food obtained by asking for alms, a Hindu tradition


  • Charitable organization, a type of non-profit organization formed for charitable purposes
    • 501(c)(3), a specific section of the United States Internal Revenue Code that allows qualifying charitable organizations exemption from federal income tax