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Our fees and minimums were thoughtfully established to support your charitable giving goals and the convenience you want.

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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

Administrative fee schedule

Administrative Fees

First $500K0.60%
Next $500K0.30%
Next $4M0.12%*
Next $10M0.10%
Next $15M0.08%
Next $70M0.05%
Additional assets over $100MContact us

*Administrative fees are based on each account's balance. 

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.


Account pricing status

Vanguard Charitable designates philanthropic accounts as eligible for either Standard or Premier pricing. Based on account balance and activity, pricing status dictates an account’s administrative fee schedule.


Standard account status applies to accounts with assets under $1 million or over $1 million (who have not been approved for Premier account status). These accounts will have a 0.60% administrative fee applied to those assists under $500K and a fee of 0.30% applied to those assets over $500K.


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

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  1. Vanguard Charitable does not itself charge investment fees. The expense ratios are assessed by the underlying funds of the Vanguard Charitable investment options. Total investment fees will vary per donor based on investment allocation

0.10% represents the simple average expense ratio for Vanguard Charitable investment options, excluding TIFF.

*On certain occasions, we may assess additional fees on individual philanthropic accounts to cover special costs. These may include legal and professional costs, taxes, or transaction costs. 


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Accounts having a balance below $15,000 may be subject to an annual maintenance fee of $250.


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