Sometimes you see people collecting money into a "jar" with a hole for coins in it. This may or may not be intended for charity (e.g. it could also be used by someone playing a guitarr on the street).

My question is: what is the everyday name of such a jar and what is the action of collecting money into it called? If you have more than one word propositions, please share.

  • 1
    Normal English would be "collecting in", not "collecting into". The psychology behind this being presumably the focus on the money in the jar rather than the act of putting it there. – David Sep 5 '19 at 12:56

what is the everyday name of such a jar?

Such a jar is called money box, penny bank, or piggy bank

what is the action of collecting into it called?

Action of collecting money for oneself is called savings or nest egg. Action of collecting money for others is called fundraising. Action of collecting money from others for your performance is called donation or tip and such a jar is called donation or tip box.

nest egg: a fund of money accumulated as a reserve. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nest%20egg

| improve this answer | |
  • 1
    Doesn't that have more to do with people saving money themselves? The case I'm interested in is where other people donate money. – Lukas Kalinski Aug 29 '18 at 9:43
  • @LukasKalinski updated my answer – Ubi hatt Aug 29 '18 at 9:49
  • 2
    Google Translate is telling me such a jar is called a collection box. – Mr Lister Aug 29 '18 at 10:23
  • 1
    The action (if doing it for yourself) is called ’saving’. (verb) savings and nest egg (both nouns) are what you have as a result of your saving. – Jim Aug 29 '18 at 18:01
  • 1
    Also, a donation or tip (nouns) is what they give you. The verb donate is what the people are doing when they give you a donation. They are tipping when they give you a tip. What you are doing is accepting tips or donations or collecting them. – Jim Aug 29 '18 at 18:05

In British English this would be called a 'Collecting Tin' As per Collins Dictionary:

a tin for donations of money for charity or another particular purpose

He found a coin in his pocket and slipped it into her collecting tin, helping himself to a scarlet poppy.

You will note that it covers collections being made for non-charitable purposes as well as charitable.

Additionally, the terminology can still be used even if the collecting tin is plastic, as a google image search for 'collecting tin' demonstrates.

However, someone 'busking', playing their guitar or other instrument on the street for money would be unlikely to use a tin. Traditionally they would use an upturned hat, but many musicians will leave their instrument case open for donations or have a small box or plastic bucket so that people can drop money in as they pass rather than having to push it through a slot. Such a box or bucket might still be metaphorically referred to as a 'hat', as in the phrase 'put out the hat'.

| improve this answer | |
  • 1
    Since it was pointing out a typo that I then corrected I flagged as no longer needed after I had thanked you. Was just trying to keep things tidy, no offence! :) – Spagirl Aug 31 '18 at 19:41

In the Midwestern U.S., we might refer to the "jar" as a "kitty" if it is being collected for a common purpose in a communal pot. In our home, the "kitty" is the bucket of money used to take a Florida trip every few years.


| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

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