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In late June, both Warren Buffett and MacKenzie Scott made news for their multibillion-dollar donations to charity. Like some other altruistic billionaires, Scott has signed the Giving Pledge--created by Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates more than a decade ago, the Giving Pledge encourages the super-rich to distribute a significant chunk of their wealth to charitable causes.

Many equate philanthropy with stratospheric wealth--a do-good activity for the Buffetts and Scotts of the world. Others define the term more loosely: To them, a philanthropist is simply someone who donates time, money, or talent to help create a better world.

I prefer the second definition. Under those terms, we can all be philanthropists. We just need to find our good and act on it.

Given that Morningstar.com is a financial and investing site, we of course provide insights around the money aspect of giving back. My colleague Christine Benz has discussed how to check up on a charity to make sure your dollars are being effectively spent. She’s also shared charitable strategies to pursue--such as donating appreciated stock, contributing to a donor-advised fund, or making a qualified charitable distribution from an IRA--that in addition to helping others may also yield tax benefits to you and lower your portfolio’s portfolio risk. You can find these philanthropic money ideas and others in our 2021 guide to charitable giving.

For many, though, acting on your good may not involve money at all. Instead it may mean giving your time to a food bank or a community garden. Or your sharing your special talents with a tutoring program or a senior center. Or reminding the children in your life that they can make the world a better place--and then encouraging their charitable acts, whatever they may be.

--Susan Dziubinski

Editor's Picks

10 Undervalued Wide-Moat Stocks
These are the cheapest names in the Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index--plus stocks the index has recently added and dropped.

Your Financial To-Do List for July
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Special Report: Advisor Cultural Competency
How to build diversity in your advisory business.

What Retirees Get Right About Their Retirement Income
Instinctively, they understand how to stretch their portfolios.

Closing the Gap: Building Black Dollars
Learn about wealth gaps, pay gaps, social justice investing, and more.

Q2 2021 Market Performance in 7 Charts
Bond markets recover and stocks post broad gains.

Portfolio Planning and Personal Finance With Christine Benz

A Midyear Portfolio Checkup in 7 Easy Steps
Reviewing your year's performance so far, and positioning yourself for the future.

Get a Tax-Smart Plan for In-Retirement Withdrawals
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Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds

Manager Question of the Month: How Much Attention Do Managers Pay to Rival Trades?
Stock managers especially watch large investors, activists, and insiders.

The Power of the Muni-Bond Market for Impact Investing
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9 Funds Whose Expense Ratios Have Risen in Recent Years
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How to Choose a Great Dividend Income ETF
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Halfway Through 2021, ETFs Are on Pace for Another Record Year
ETFs look poised to shatter last year's flows records.

Stocks

Why Shell No Longer Has a Moat
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These funds rode momentum stocks higher, but some didn’t pivot with the value rally.

3 Great Stocks to Own
These brand-name companies are businesses to buy and hold for the long haul.

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Stock Analyst Updates

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We continue to believe that antitrust and other regulatory risks are manageable and that Facebook’s share price already reflects these risks.

Raising Tesla's FVE on Improved Profitability Outlook
The increased fair value estimate comes from our outlook for higher long-term profitability in the automotive segment.

Rekenthaler Report

Investing During an Era of Speculation
Should we be concerned about the financial markets' excesses?

Advisor Insights

Adding Project-Based Planning to Your Advisory Business
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Wash Sale Challenge: What Is Substantially Identical?
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The Long View Podcast

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The author and The Wall Street Journal columnist discusses the current trading frenzy, the scorn for expertise, the road to a fiduciary standard, and more.

Commentary

Mandatory Contributions Should Be a Retirement Priority
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Most Requested Stock Quotes

Apple
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