donation-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: the money

Commentary: contribution - a voluntary gift(as of money service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause

They asked for a $6 donation instead of charging admission.
George always makes a large donation to the beer fund.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: the act of giving

Commentary: DONATION[+event] act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity

His donation was in September.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2