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Charity Vocabulary


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Charity Vocabulary

This is a list of charity vocabulary for English language learners.

Meaning and etymology

The practice of charity means the voluntary giving of help to those in need, as a humanitarian act. The word "charity" entered the English language through the Old French word "charité" which was derived from the Latin "caritas". Originally in Latin the word caritas meant preciousness, dearness, high price.

Here is a list of vocabulary items related to charity:

Vocabulary items Meaning Example
associations An association (also sometimes called a voluntary group, union, voluntary organization, unincorporated association, common-interest association) is a group of individuals who enter into an agreement as volunteers to form a body (or organization) to accomplish a purpose. "The association meets four times a year."
altruism Altruism or selflessness is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others. The adjective is altruistic. "It was an entirely altruistic act"
care To care means to feel concern or interest; attach importance to something. The noun is care. "These are children in public care."
cooperation It is a joint operation or action. The process of working together to the same end. The verb is to cooperate. "a society founded on mutual cooperation and shared prosperity"
contributions To contribute means to give something such as money or time so as to help a person, a cause or an organization. The noun is contribution. "We like to think that we are making a positive contribution to society"
dig deep This is an idiom. One its meanings is to make a lot of effort with all one's resources. "We ask from our contributors to dig deep in order to help the orphanage continue its work"
donation To donate is to give something for charitable purposes, to help a cause. The noun is a donation. "The association is funded by public donation."
generosity The adjective generous refers to a person who is willing to give and share unsparingly, showing a readiness to give. The noun is generosity. "Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness. " Dalai Lama
help As a noun help means an action given to provide assistance. Synonyms of help include aid and support. "The homeless center relies entirely on voluntary help."
homeless This refers to someone without a home, and therefore typically living on the streets. "He found himself homeless after his marriage broke up."
organization An organized body of people with a particular purpose. "UNICEF is an international organization"
orphan This refers to a child whose parents are dead. An orphanage is a residential institution for the care and education of orphans. "He was left an orphan at the age of three."
philanthropy The desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes. "It's a family noted for its philanthropy."
raise money To raise money means to work to earn money or encourage donations for the benefit of someone, something, or doing something. Fund raising is an expression that means to raise funds or money. "Some people were in the street raising money for charity"
rescue To rescue means to save someone from a dangerous or distressing situation. "a financial rescue package for the company."
social work This refers to work carried out by trained personnel with the aim of alleviating the conditions of those in need of help or welfare. "She is doing social work."
street children Street children is a term for children experiencing homelessness who live on the streets of a city. "Street children face a bleak future"
sponsor A sponsor is a person or organization that provides funds for a project or activity carried out by another.
Sponsorship refers to the position of being a sponsor.
"He's been sponsored by a well-known company."
support To provide for or maintain by supplying with money or necessities. Synonyms of support include aid and help. "The association received strong support from farmers"

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