take up donations

A donation is money that you give to a charity, a church, a school, or to someone who needs help. To "take up" donations means to collect money from other people to give to these organizations or people.

The phrase "take up" is only used with this meaning (collect) in a few situations. One is with donations. Another is when a teacher collects students' assignments:

Mr. Elliott always takes up the homework at the very beginning of class.

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