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Combine philanthropy, investing in a social investment plan

Editor's note: This is the first in our two-part series about physician philanthropy. Next month, we'll examine opportunities for physicians to use their medical skills as volunteers. You may be accustomed to a segregated approach to philanthropy and investing. You spend a great deal of resources and time trying to maximize your investment returns, and then you set aside a portion of your earnings to donate to your favorite charitable cause. But that's "a black and white view of investing," says Gil Crawford,1 general manager of MicroVest Capital Management, LLC. "You make money with one hand and give it away with the other."