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Making your #GivingTuesday a little easier

November 27, 2018

By Rebecca Moffett

On this #GivingTuesday - a global day of giving that, for many, kicks off the traditional year-end charitable giving season - Vanguard Charitable is excited to announce that we have made it easier to contribute assets from your Vanguard accounts to your Vanguard Charitable philanthropic account. Through the newly created Vanguard Philanthropic Center on vanguard.com, you can contribute Vanguard mutual funds and securities held at Vanguard directly from your Vanguard accounts without any additional paperwork. Click here to see how the process works and find more information in our Frequently Asked Questions.

This is the latest of recent changes we have made to better support your philanthropy. In October, we launched seven new investment options, including three values-driven options for donors who wish to align their charitable investments with their personal values. These and all of our low-cost, high-quality investment options allow you to maximize your philanthropic impact as your charitable dollars grow tax-free over time.

We are also developing enhancements to our public website and donor portal to make it easier than ever to execute your charitable plan. And, to ensure your dollars are going to organizations which support the causes you are passionate about, we provide our donors access to GuideStar's National Nonprofit Directory- a charitable giving tool featuring information on almost two million nonprofit organizations. Click here to learn more about focusing your charitable impact from GuideStar President and CEO Jacob Harold.

Whether you are a first-year Vanguard Charitable donor or you established your donor-advised fund years ago, we encourage you to keep in mind the 5 Best Practices for Philanthropists as you plan your year-end giving:

  1. Create your mission statement and determine how you will define success.
  2. Understand how philanthropy fits into your overall financial plan.
  3. Decide whom you want to include in your philanthropy, both during your lifetime and beyond.
  4. Determine which giving tools best fit your short- and long-term charitable goals.
  5. Evaluate and monitor nonprofit organizations you may wish to support.

We know Vanguard Charitable donors are compassionate and generous- you demonstrate this on a daily basis and the numbers speak for themselves. This is why we strive every day to make it easier for you to make an impact- streamlining the contributions process, expanding investment options, and providing tools for researching grants and creating your strategic charitable plan. So, as you think about your own year-end charitable giving, know that we are committed to helping you achieve your philanthropic goals.

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