Gates move may boost innovation in charity

Characterized by intense engagement, innovative operations and emphasis on results, the style of philanthropy that Gates embodies stems from the nation's tech boom and is most prevalent in states like California and Washington.

You could call it West Coast philanthropy.

By shifting his full-time work from Microsoft Corp. to his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates clearly, but not singularly, exemplifies the movement that others have called social entrepreneurship.

"The issue of wanting to be engaged is something that is characteristic of this new generation of philanthropists," said Gene Tempel, executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Technology entrepreneurs who have amassed fortunes are using their business skills to augment financial contributions in a manner distinctly different than their counterparts of the early 20th centuries, such as Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller

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