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Charity is the short form for charitable trust or a charitable foundation. These are set up for specific causes, such as curing diseases; providing goods or services for people or areas that lack them; nature conservation; and many others. In some countries (including the UK, Canada, and Australia) a charitable organization needs, by law, to register with the government. This is to reduce the possibilities of fraud and increase the opportunities for charities to receive tax breaks.

Charity can also refer to the act of giving money, goods or time to such a charitable trust or other worthy cause.

Charity is also a term in Christian theology (one of the three virtues), meaning loving kindness towards others; it is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it is said to both glorify and reflect the nature of God. In its most extreme form charity can be self-sacrificial. Charity is one conventional English translation of the Greek term agape.

Charity is also used as a forename.

Topics related to charity (list of charities):
Philanthropy | Alms | Tzedakah | Altruism | Gift | Donation
Non-government organisation | Registered charity | Charitable trust | Foundation | Non-profit organization | Not-for-profit corporation
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