› SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY something of value such as money or goods that is given to help a person or organization such as a charity, or the act of giving this money, etc.: It is possible to make a donation with conditions attached, for example requiring the funds to be used for a specific purpose. The CEO defended the conglomerate's donations to political candidates. The museum has received a $5 million donation from the Bradley Foundation. Some charitable donations are tax-deductible.