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America's Wealthy Step Up to the Plate

This month, 12 more billionaire families committed to donate at least half of their wealth to charity by taking the Giving Pledge. Here are introductions to some of the new signatories and their pet philanthropic projects.

New Age of Philanthropy: How Billionaires Are Giving Back

Today's philanthropists are increasingly uncomfortable with the "write-a-check-and-forget-about-it" model. From Bill Gates to Philip Berber, they are taking a more active role in the way their money is given and the ways in which it is spent.

Bill Gates: Time to Rethink Compensation for U.S. Teachers

Bill Gates delivered a speech Friday criticizing school pay structures, urging the 50 state superintendents of education to end teacher pay increases based on seniority and education level, and restructure the nation's public education budgets based on excellence.

Buffett Donates $1.6 Billion, Most Since 2008

Warren Buffett's annual gift to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation rose 28%, to $1.6 billion from $1.25 billion last year, as Berkshire Hathaway shares jumped 35% over the last year.