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Charitable giving has long been an area of importance for successful families. Interest in philanthropy has risen in recent years, fueled in part by two of the world’s richest men: Warren Buffett, who has pledged to donate 99 percent of his fortune, and Bill Gates, whose Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has become the largest private foundation in the world. Most recently, Buffett and Gates joined forces and asked a group of billionaires to commit to giving at least half of their wealth to charity.

You may not have billions. But if you are like many people, you are looking to use your wealth to benefit not just your family but also the world around you. And you want to be smart about it too, so that your wealth makes the greatest possible impact on the charitable causes you care most about.

The following resources will help you get started on making the difference in the world that you want.