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Many famous philanthropists give engaging and thought-provoking TED talks for #GivingTuesday, but these talks can be beneficial any time of year. TED speakers are known for expressing their enthusiasm for giving and changing the world through their contributions. Here are some TED talks that may inspire you to give and better understand the concept of philanthropy.

Why Giving Away Our Wealth Has Been the Most Satisfying Thing We’ve Done 

Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates created the Gates Foundation and donated more than 90% of their overall wealth. In their TED talk, they detail the parts of their work that provide excitement and inspiration and discuss why giving away so much of their wealth has brought them a sense of satisfaction.

The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong

Dan Pallotta

Dan Pallotta poses the notion that everything we associate with traditional charities is wrong. In his famous TED talk, Pallotta offers the idea that charities should operate on as little money as possible. He asserts that if we invest more in nonprofit organizations, we can make more impactful changes in the world.

You Are the Future of Philanthropy

Katherine Fulton

Katherine Fulton gives an inspiring TED talk about shifting the focus from mega-philanthropists and concentrating on everyday people who can provide to make the world a better place. Fulton shares that small donations could indeed be the future of philanthropy.

The Why and How of Altruism 

Peter Singer

Peter Singer shares that when we see tragedies happen in front of us, we logically assume that we stop and help. However, when we are reminded that thousands of children die from disease and hunger every day, we should be moved to action. In this TED talk, Singer explains ways we can act charitably.

Want to Help Africa? Do Business Here 

Ngozi Okonjo

Ngozi Okonjo shares in her TED talk that we’ve all heard both criticism and praise for the traditional aid that wealthy individuals and corporations provide to Africa. However, Okonjo shares that by engaging Africa in the world economy instead of giving donations for hunger or community development, we have to make a more significant impact on alleviating some of the financial challenges the continent is facing.