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Roughly one-quarter of all charitable donations are made during the last five weeks of the year – in 2014 that amounted to $358 billion. But what's the smartest way to be charitable during the holiday season? In conjunction with #GivingTuesday, our team of experts have advice on researching charitable groups as well as tips to maximize the tax-efficiency of your gift. We will discuss ways to involve your family in charitable giving, pitfalls to avoid when making donations and all of the various gift-giving options, such as cash, stock and charitable trusts. We’ll also get an update on efforts to raise money for refugees and migrants around the globe.

Confirmed participants include @Fidelity, @GivingTuesday, @mthatcher of @CharityNav, @SPEAIUB, @Indiegogo’s @Generosity community, @ImpactSP2, @GrameenAmerica, @Givesurance, @PayPal, @BBB_Give, @Givesurance’s @JenRasiah, @Fidelity’s @FidelityChrtbl, @BobOttenhoff of @funds4disaster, @karamfoundation, @TurboTax, @LaurenYoung, @RockPhilanth, @nptrust, @theIRC, @IAimpactassets, @CARE and more.

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New York court dismisses whistleblower's libel suit against UBS

ZURICH A New York appeals court has dismissed a U.S. whistleblower's $20 million libel suit against Swiss bank UBS, his former employer, concluding that statements the Zurich-based bank made about him were at least "substantially true".