The launch of the Calvert Social Investment Foundation was propitious from a charity-giving perspective. With the events of Sept. 11 and the various charities that were created in the aftermath of the attacks, investors are decidedly in a giving mood. "We are finding people are a little bit more reflective now," Freundlich said.

In light of the terrorist attacks, Fidelity Investment's charitable trust has reduced its donation minimum of $250 to $100 when donors select any of the Sept. 11-created charities, such as the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund, or The New York Police and Fire Fighters Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund. The reduction lasts through the end of the year.

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