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The Giving Matters blog is a way for our leadership team to share their perspectives on trends in philanthropy, charitable planning strategies, and more.

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Jessie Neff's picture

Values-driven work

October 23, 2018

I am so grateful to be part of a team with such committed individuals. Each and every day, my coworkers and I work diligently to increase charitable giving by helping our donors achieve their philanthropic goals. Whether they are engaging with our donors on the phone or are improving the donor experience by working on technology projects, the staff are all connected to and engaged by our mission: to increase philanthropy and maximize its impact over time.

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Jessica Halpern's picture

Disaster Relief

September 27, 2018

Last August, as the lazy days of summer were coming to an end and we had no idea what lay ahead for the residents of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Seemingly overnight, everything changed.

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Elaine Kenig's picture

Summer Reading List

July 23, 2018

To many, summer reading is synonymous with a mystery or thriller that is best enjoyed at a beach or by a lake. As you prepare for any getaways you may have planned, here is a suggested list of great titles specifically about philanthropy and family wealth planning which you may want to tackle between your lighter fares.

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Jane Greenfield's picture

Tax reform and its impact on philanthropy: a conversation with Dr. Una Osili

June 06, 2018

I recently sat down with Dr. Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, to discuss values-based philanthropy. Una was also gracious enough to spend a few extra minutes with us talking about other topics that are important to our donors.  Please enjoy the clip below in which Una shares her perspective about tax reform and its impact on philanthropy in the United States.

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Jane Greenfield's picture

Celebrating 20 years of giving and impact

December 07, 2017

Twenty years ago today, responding to direct requests from philanthropic individuals, Vanguard Charitable opened its doors. Under the guidance of then Chairman and CEO of Vanguard Group, Jack Brennan, we set out to accomplish one simple goal: Apply the Vanguard values of low cost, disciplined investing, along with a high level of customer service, to the rapidly growing donor-advised fund model.  That first year we served just 84 accounts and issued 11 grants to charity. Now, 20 years later, Vanguard Charitable hosts nearly 14,000 accounts and has granted more than $7 billion to charities across the globe.

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Rebecca Moffett's picture

#GivingTuesday kicks off the 2017 Giving Season—How will you have a greater impact this year?

November 28, 2017

Today, November 28, hundreds of millions of dollars will be raised through online and social media platforms in honor of #GivingTuesday—a global day of charity. For those unfamiliar, Giving Tuesday follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, and officially kicks off the charitable “Giving Season”—a time where our team at Vanguard Charitable is humbled by our donors’ philanthropic passion and generosity. It is also a time where the increased granting and charitable activity forces us to step back and ask ourselves: How we can help our donors have an even greater impact this year than the year prior?

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Kevin Cavanaugh's picture

Save to give: How millennials will shape philanthropy

November 21, 2017

Each generation approaches philanthropy differently. With millennials in particular receiving a lot of attention recently, as ascending generations often do, I thought I would use the final blog in this series to see what we can expect in the way of charitable giving from this group.

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Kevin Cavanaugh's picture

Save to give: Stretching your charitable dollars

November 02, 2017

In my last blog, the first in the three-part series, I discussed the advantages of using a donor-advised fund and the save to give mindset to maximize your ‘philanthropy retirement.’ I used real data from the past 20 years to demonstrate how a donor who opened an account with us in 1997 could have extended the duration of her giving from 10 to 20 years while increasing her total impact by 56%, providing her favorite charities with consistent, ongoing support. This time, I’d like to utilize the same investment performance data from the past 20 years to look at a new scenario.

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Kevin Cavanaugh's picture

Save to Give: Planning for your ‘philanthropy retirement’

October 19, 2017

Vanguard Charitable is celebrating its 20th year of operation. For me, as the chief financial officer, part of what this means is that we now have 20 years’ worth of market data to consider. We can look at how charitable investments made in our very first year would have performed in the intervening time and use real-life evidence to examine our 'save to give' mantra, our belief that long-term, strategic philanthropy is the most effective way to make a difference.

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Brad Caswell's picture

Why $500?

October 05, 2017

One thing that sets Vanguard Charitable apart from other donor-advised funds is our $500 grant minimum. Donors occasionally inquire about this policy, asking if they can give in smaller increments. We take this feedback to heart, as we aim to always be responsive to our donors’ needs–our goal, after all, is to provide the flexibility and control you need to facilitate your philanthropic strategies as effectively as possible. At the same time, the $500 minimum reflects a strategic decision on our part to remain committed to our overall mission: Increasing philanthropy and maximizing its impact over time.

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