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The most significant charitable donation Warren Buffett ever made is the $37 billion pledge to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation he made in 2006. This donation will take effect upon his death, as he has directed in his will. Individual contributions from Buffett totalling around $2 billion, on average, represent some of the largest single charity contributions in history. His estate consists of Berkshire Hathaway stock that he plans on contributing directly to the foundation and cash that he is leaving for his heirs to keep invested in index funds. Buffett's contribution has given him profound influence in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and he maintains active involvement in the organization. Buffett has a strong interest in philanthropy and in solving global health and educational problems. This interest led him to actively promote the foundation and encourage others to contribute, especially those with high-value estates.

Warren Buffett's heirs will receive significantly smaller amounts of cash from the estate, and some Berkshire Hathaway stock. Buffett encourages his children to follow his own values, including work ethic and being active in philanthropy. Buffett believes the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation effectively addresses problems of global inequity in access to health care and education, including significant contributions to help these resources reach the world's poorest women and children. Much of what the foundation does is directed toward these issues. The foundation provides grants to other organizations and does direct research work to develop solutions in addition to its financial contributions. To Buffett, this organization is a wise investment of his estate.

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