All you need to know
Our fees and minimums were thoughtfully established to support your charitable giving goals and the convenience you want.
Low cost, high impact
Our industry-low all-in fee is made up of an administrative fee and an investment fee. We keep this fee low so more dollars go to charity. The administrative fee covers general operating costs, such as legal, accounting, processing, and staff. The investment fee covers the cost of investment management, such as weighted expense ratios charged for investment options.
Administrative fee schedule
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Administrative fees are based on assets under management. Philanthropic accounts with balances of $1M or more for at least three consecutive months may be eligible for reduced pricing on those assets under management above $1M. Premier status eligibility is reviewed on a quarterly basis. Account balance and activity are part of the review.
Why do we charge an administration fee?
Giving to one charity might be simple, but giving to many charities, planning giving goals, and setting up long-term succession plans is a different kind of giving. Using a donor-advised fund saves you time and helps with the administrative tasks needed to support the charities you believe in.
The fee enables us to provide you with access to our knowledgeable staff, in-depth due diligence, advanced research tools, such as the GuideStar Nonprofit Directory, and supports an online 24/7 account portal for all account management activities. It also covers general operating costs, such as legal, accounting, processing and staff.
Premier account status is subject to Vanguard Charitable's approval and is based on account balance, activity, and patterns. Most accounts with balances of more than $1 million for at least three months are approved for Premier status. Account status is reviewed and approved on a quarterly basis.
See just how low our fees are. Try our cost calculator.
Try our cost calculator to gain a general idea of the fees associated with the assets you're considering for donation. Depending on the asset, we may need to assess additional fees to cover costs. When anticipated, the fees will be communicated before being applied. Want more details about our fees? Check out Policies & Guidelines.
Maintenance fee may be applied
Accounts having a balance below $15,000 may be subject to an annual maintenance fee of $250.
You are eligible for special rates
Our premier clients enjoy reduced pricing to further maximize their impact.
Our representatives are happy to guide you through.