Exotic and fancyExtensive development of charity is the distinguishing feature of modern developed countries, designed to "balance" the rigidity of market relations, the universal race for profits. In the West it has the scale of the "charity industry" - the whole sphere of culture, education, "social sphere" there are only or almost only on donations from citizens and corporations. Laws encourage philanthropy, significantly reducing taxes. In Russia, with its "wild market" is an exotic type of activity, existing on the periphery of public consciousness.As shown by the VTsIOM poll, about 50% of Russians do not participate in charitable activities. (Among the most wealthy part of society, 41% of respondents never participated in any charity events, among the poorest - 59%.)Most of the "benefactors" were confined to those that gave alms to the poor (36% of respondents), passed old clothes and toys to orphanages, nursing homes, hospitals. These "small charity" is much more frequent in women, it is more typical of people from 35 to 55 years.Money to the accounts of a charitable organisation at least once in their life has contributed only 4% of Russians, the same number of transferred money directly to the accounts of people needing emergency treatment, surgery), 4% participated in charity concerts and exhibitions, and, finally, 3% were volunteers - free worked in hospitals, orphanages, on the restoration of monuments of culture. Thus, only 3 to 5% of Russians were actually a charity - in the sense in which it is understood in the modern world.100-ruble "charity".