.charity domains use a term with roots in Old English. Originally, it had distinctly religious implications. But over time, charity became more closely aligned with the French word charité, which means demonstrating love for your fellow people through generous giving. Today, arguably, that’s what dot charity brings to mind for most people.
More than just the act of giving, charity is also the name we give to organizations dedicated to giving resources to those in need. These groups have all types of missions, from protecting endangered species to preserving cultural and historical landmarks. These types of non-profits include:
- Environmental charities
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
- Health charities
- Education charities
- Cultural charities
- Animal charities
Non-profit organizations might also be interested in .charity domains. Although today non-profits and charities mean essentially the same thing, there are very specific rules that apply to when someone can call themselves a non-profit.
You generally have to submit to an audit by your government’s tax office, which will then officially designate your group a non-profit. This provides exemption from many of the taxes paid by for-profit organizations, letting a charity focus resources on the mission at hand.