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Giving Pledge

Some advice to grads about dollars and sense

Oh, sure, some want to change the world, repair its tears and heal its suffering. They talk about ministering in Asia. Advocating in the Middle East. Digging wells in Africa. Inoculating children in the Andes.

But many, in this season of Pomp and Circumstance, dream of becoming rich. For all the bad-mouthing of the 1 percent, the possibility of great wealth beckons sweetly at graduation. So along with altruism, I hear the chords of ambition, too. My children's friends, and probably my own kids, too, want to invent the next revolutionary app, launch the next Google, or develop a moribund neighborhood into the next South Beach.

Nothing wrong with that. We need dreamers and...