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Melinda French Gates reaffirms her commitment to the Giving Pledge, a movement of philanthropists who commit to give the majority of their wealth to charitable causes.

Reaffirming My Commitment to the Giving Pledge

Melinda French Gates
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This article was originally published by the Giving Pledge.

In 2010, I committed to giving away the majority of my resources in my lifetime. Today, I'm reaffirming that commitment

I recognize the absurdity of so much wealth being concentrated in the hands of one person, and I believe the only responsible thing to do with a fortune this size is give it away—as thoughtfully and impactfully as possible. 

But giving away money your family will never need is not an especially noble act. There's no question in my mind that the real standard for generosity is set by the people who give even when it means going without. 

That's why, as part of this pledge, I also commit my time, energy, and efforts to the work of fighting poverty and advancing equality—for women and girls and other marginalized groups—in the United States and around the world. 

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