Our last section deals with documents that testify to the use of finance for charitable purposes in several different ways. This stands in contrast first to the business and administrative practices used in slavery and the exclusively for-profit activities of states and businessmen seen above. The first two samples illustrate cases of what today we would call philanthropy, by means of which wealthy individuals like Francesco di Marco Datini, or Anton Fugger, left all or an important part of their wealth to set up charitable foundations after their death (docs 89 and 90). The rest of the documents exemplify the practice of the monte di pietà, a Church-sanctioned financial institution meant to provide credit and support to the needy, who were not able to become involved in more substantial or complex financial deals. They show how the Catholic Church reacted to a practice – usury – which it condemned but was unable to control and whose spread it had failed to stem. The documents displayed show an interesting combination of typically administrative and economic scriptural design, with the methods employed in traditional banking practices, all of which appear in combination with religious imagery forcefully denoting the nature and purposes of the institutions that produced these records (docs 91–93, and also doc. 78 in section 3).