8 Levels of charity in their hierarchical order

1. The greatest level, above which there is no greater, is to support a fellow Jew by endowing him with a gift or loan, or entering in to a partnership with him, or finding employment for him, in order to strengthen his hand until he need no longer be dependent upon others.


2. A lesser level of charity than this is to give to the Poor without knowing to whom one gives, and without the recipient knowing from who he received.


3. A lesser level of charity than this is when one knows to whom one gives, but the recipient does not know his benefactor.


4. A lesser level of charity than this is when one does not know to whom one gives, but the poor person does know his benefactor.


5. A lesser level than this is when one gives to the poor Person directly in to his hand, but gives before being asked.


6. A lesser level than this is when one gives to the poor person after being asked.


7. A lesser level than this is when one gives Inadequately, but gives gladly and with a smile.


8. A lesser level than this is when one gives unwillingly.

 

By Rabbi Moses Maimonides