English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is there a word (or a combination of two) that signifies an organization which accepts donation (cash or kind) for social upliftment? Words like Acceptor, NGO, etc look too generic for this.

EDIT:

We are developing an app/site for donations. The organizations we'll be dealing with are mostly charitable organizations like the ones working for blind people, education and food for poor children, etc. A person donating will have to choose an organization tied up with us. I need a word for this input field, like

Choose a ________ to which you want to donate.

In future, we may also add actions like,

Register your ______, etc.

share|improve this question
2  
A charity or charitable organization if you like. – Egox Mar 4 at 4:12
    
Agree with @choster. Too little context to write an answer. Need an example sentence at least. – BiscuitBoy Mar 4 at 4:35
    
Hi, tabrez. "Is there any word/phrase?" type of question doesn't work well here. The following is the strict rule of this community. Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests. Please edit your question accordingly. – Rathony Mar 4 at 4:55
    
If there is a request for clarification, please edit the question itself instead of posting it as a comment. Then, you can ping them to let them know you edited your post. – Rathony Mar 4 at 5:04
    
@choster, hope the update in question helps – Tabrez Ahmed Mar 4 at 5:06
up vote 13 down vote accepted

The word that is recognized by many and largely popular is charity

an organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need.

[Oxford Dictionaries Online ]

Usage:

Choose a charity to which you want to donate.

Register your charity/charitable trust

share|improve this answer
4  
But note that charity has a specific legal definitions in different parts of the world, and you may have formulations like charitable organization, charitable foundation, and so on. – choster Mar 4 at 18:15
    
@choster, thanks .... will keep that in mind .... – Tabrez Ahmed Mar 8 at 10:14

If you want to emphasize the social benefit of the organization, then charity is the right word. (You used "charitable organizations" yourself in writing this question.)

If you prefer to emphasize the organization's role in the transaction as the gift acceptor, then beneficiary would be the term to use (but only for the first sentence: "Choose the beneficiary of your donation").

share|improve this answer

non-profit / nonprofit [organization]

This is more general term than charity. Examples:

I spent the next six years working for small non-profits.

-

At the gathering, Obama praised a New Hampshire nonprofit that helps poor people buy fuel-efficient, reliable cars.

share|improve this answer
3  
Nonprofit (or the more in-vogue not-for-profit) is "more general" than charity, but it is isn't a perfect superset, since there is such a thing as a for-profit charitable entity (so far, these are much more rare than not-for-profit charities, but they are increasing in number). Also, OP mentioned "social upliftment" and seems to be concentrating mainly if not wholly on charitable organizations. – John Y Mar 4 at 15:21

Consider,

eleemosynary [institution/organization]

el•ee•mos•y•nar•y (ˌɛl əˈmɒs əˌnɛr i, -ˈmɒz-, ˌɛl i ə-)

adj.

  1. involving charity or charitable donations.

  2. supported by or dependent upon charity: eleemosynary institutions.

[1610–20; < Medieval Latin eleēmosynārius= Late Latin eleēmosyn(a) charity (< Greek eleēmosýnē, derivative (with -synē n. suffix) of eleḗmōn merciful, derivative of eleeîn to show mercy]

Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary

not-for-profit [organization]

Not for profit is a type of organization that does not earn profits for its owners. All of the money earned by or donated to a not for profit organization is used in pursuing the organization's objectives. Typically not for profit organizations are charities or other types of public service organizations. Generally, not for profit organizations can apply for a tax exempt status so that the organization is not subject to most forms of taxation. Donations made to a tax exempt not for profit organization may also be tax-deductible for the donor.

Investopedia

share|improve this answer
14  
I wouldn't use that word because not many people will understand it – NVZ Mar 4 at 5:09
    
@NVZ - Sometimes that's the intent. – Hot Licks Mar 4 at 13:05

Unlike most of the other answers here, I would avoid charity on its own. That is a specific legal status (at least in the jurisdictions I know about). You may well want to allow "Friends of Histon Road Recreation Ground" to solicit donations on your web-site, but they are not a charity, and it would be misleading to describe them as such.

Non-profit [organization] is the right answer if you are aiming at North America.

Charity or community group is probably the best phrase for the UK.

share|improve this answer
    
I don't know. While OP hasn't exactly closed the door on entities that aren't charities, the text of the question does seem to at least emphasize "social upliftment" and "charitable organizations". Both charities and nonprofits have "specific legal status". – John Y Mar 4 at 15:27
1  
I chose my example rather carefully. It's a real organization, you can join them, they help with the care of a local children's playground, and I think they fit "social upliftment". However they are not a charity, and probably aren't even a legal person (I think they are an unincorporated association). – Martin Bonner Mar 4 at 16:09
1  
I know you chose your example carefully. But that's more care than is likely needed. The legal definition of charity is different everywhere, as is the legal definition of nonprofit organization. It may well be just as "misleading" to call your example a nonprofit. Also note that the Localgiving page for your example group has a box labeled "Charity information" with the name and phone number for that group. – John Y Mar 4 at 17:30

Not a single word, but you could use the term voluntarily funded organization. As @Martin Bonner's answer has already mentioned; an organization may not have charitable status.

Voluntarily funded organization could be used as a 'catch-all' term to encompass both charities and other similar groups.

share|improve this answer

At least in the United States, charity is rather a large umbrella.

The IRS defines a number of different classifications, including public charities, private foundations, groups, fraternal societies, foreign-addressed organizations, supporting organizations, religious organizations, and government entities. (The list does go on.)

But the blanket term exempt organization is used to describe those who are eligible for tax-exempt donations.

Given that there is such a wide variety of qualifying organizations, please consider the following constructions:

Choose a recipient for your donation.

Register your exempt organization.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.