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Bill Clinton speaks during an interview with the Globe's Doug Saunders on Thurs. Oct. 27, 2011 in New York.

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The Globe and Mail is taking an in-depth look at the state of charitable giving. As part of the series, we've interviewed prominent philanthropists about their causes and their perspective on charitable giving.

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Bill Clinton, former U.S. President and founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, discusses his role in helping make global philanthropy more effective

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Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of Free the Children, talk about the dramatic increase in youth volunteering and how the definition of philanthropy is changing.

Belinda Stronach, a former MP and CEO of Magna, talks about why she started the Belinda Stronach Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of girls, women and aboriginal youth and to stem the spread of malaria.

K'naan, a Somali-born, Canadian rapper who leveraged his celebrity status to shine a spotlight on crises in Haiti and the Horn of Africa, talks about donating more directly.

Cirque du Soleil founder and CEO Guy Laliberté talks about why he contributed $100-million over 25 years to start One Drop, an organization that helps fight poverty by providing access to clean water worldwide.

Jenn Heil, Olympic Gold medalist for freestyle mogul skiing, talks about her trip to Africa, where she met the first generation of girls from the community to receive an education. Heil donated $25,000 to Because I'm A Girl and challenged Canadians to raise $1-million for the initiative.

Actress Nina Dobrev talks about her experience in Africa and getting involved with events like WE Day.

Peter Buffet, son of Warren Buffet, talks his philanthropic pursuits through the Gates Foundation, the Susan Buffet foundation and the NoVo Foundation.

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Jennifer Buffet, wife of Peter Buffet and co-Chair of the NoVo Foundation, explains how the initiative helps women and girls in developing nations by providing $55-million in grants each year.

Canadian director Paul Haggis explains how a visit to Haiti changed his life, motivating him to give time and money to the world's poorest country.

Gordon Nixon, President and CEO of RBC, talks about how individual giving has increased dramatically over the years.

Donald Johnson, a philanthropist, banker and former politician, discusses how the Canadian government can facilitate fund-raising by changing how donated shares are taxed.

Olympic gold medalist Clara Hughes talks about giving back to sports programs so kids can experience the joy of movement.

Canada's Governor General the Right Honourable David Johnson talks his personal and professional relationship to philanthropy through his work and life.

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Sir Ronald Cohen, social finance pioneer and co-founder of Apax Partners, talks about how social investing began and how he got involved in developing new tools for philanthropy.

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