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Fidelity charity arm awards $2.1b

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Fidelity Investments said clients of its charitable gift fund requested distributions of $2.1 billion last year, a record level for the fund and a 29 percent increase from 2012.

The donor-advised fund, which operates as an independent public charity, made grants to more than 80,000 charities in 50 states, Fidelity said. The top sectors receiving funds were human services, religion and education.

Donors contributed $3.6 billion to Fidelity Charitable in 2013, roughly level with the prior year. A larger portion of those gifts came in the form of appreciated stocks and mutual fund, Fidelity said.

“Gains in the stock market and new tax rules introduced last year prompted donors and their advisors to closely consider how to best fund philanthropy,” said Sarah Libbey, president of Fidelity Charitable, in a press release.

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