As the pandemic continues to plague our nation, our donors use their donor-advised fund accounts to recommend grants to charities providing relief efforts. Below is a list of charities that our donors have frequently granted to in support of COVID-19. As such, the list is not exhaustive. We have expedited the granting process so your contribution can be put to use as quickly as possible. Below the table, you can find additional resources and a refresher on how to recommend a grant. 

Charity NameEINAreas of support*
United Way Worldwide13-1635294The United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. This organization fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
Feeding America36-3673599Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.
Doctors without Borders13-3433452Doctors Without Borders, USA, was founded in 1990 in New York City to raise funds, create awareness, recruit field staff, and advocate with the United Nations and U.S. government on humanitarian concerns. 
Direct Relief95-1831116Direct Relief is a humanitarian organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Direct Relief's assistance programs, which focus on emergency preparedness and disaster response and the prevention and treatment of disease, are tailored to the particular circumstances and needs of the world's most vulnerable and at-risk populations.
American Red Cross53-0196605

The American Red Cross brings shelter, food, and comfort to those affected by disasters and collects lifesaving donated blood to supply to those in need. We provide support to our men and women in military bases around the world, and to the families they leave behind and train communities in CPR, first aid and other skills that save lives.


Additional Resources

If you’re looking for additional resources, we suggest visiting the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Center for High Impact Philanthropy. 


Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors 
This resource offers suggestions and recommendations for donors. Here you can find principles for disaster response, philanthropic funding area, and much more.  
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy
This resource offers suggestions on how you can help COVID relief efforts, and provides information for crisis response, urgent giving, and long-term needs in a crisis. It also provides a list of nonprofits. 

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Recommend a grant

To support these charities or others, return to your account and select Grant in the navigation menu at the top of the page. Then select Recommend a grant in the dropdown.

If the organization is not in your saved charities’ list, type the charity name or EIN in the search bar under Find a charity. Click the magnifying glass to begin the search and then scroll down to see your search results. Charities will appear in a list below. Once found, save the charity by clicking on the star and then click select to begin the granting process. 
You will be asked to select a grant purpose in the first step of the process. Select Disaster Relief: Coronavirus, if you want to donate to a specific effort or affected area, indicate so in the space provided.
Vanguard Charitable encourages you to approach disaster relief the same way you approach all giving: strategically. To learn more about how you can support disaster relief efforts, check out these resources.

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