In Buddhist culture Dana (donation) is called one of the major shila where person can get a certain state of mind by practicing Dana.
Dana is one of the ancient lineage comes from Buddhas time. Many Great King offers various required necessities of Buddhist monk, which was called Dana.

An assurance unto all creatures with love and affection and abstention from every kind of injury, acts of kindness and favor done to a person in distress, whatever gifts are made without the giver's ever thinking of them as gifts made by him, constitute, O chief of Bharata's race, the highest and best of gifts (dāna).