Contribute a wide variety of assets to maximize your charitable impact


Contributing assets held at Vanguard directly to a Vanguard Charitable donor-advised fund (DAF) philanthropic account is easy. Once your accounts are linked, you can make contributions directly through


What are the benefits to Vanguard clients?

  • Manage contributions from your Vanguard account.
  • Faster contribution transactions with fewer steps.
  • Extended contribution timelines for year-end giving.
  • Fully automated cost-basis calculations for those with non-managed accounts. Clients with managed PAS accounts can utilize their Vanguard advisor to assist with cost-basis calculations before gifting shares.


Vanguard and Vanguard Charitable partner to make giving assets from your Vanguard account seamless.


I already linked my Vanguard and Vanguard Charitable accounts, but I need a refresher. Jump to: How to make a contribution.

Link your accounts. This is a one-time process.

Number 1

Log in to

  • Log in to
  • Navigate to the Make a contribution page.
  • Select Asset held at Vanguard.
  • Click on I am eligible for electronic authorization.
Number 2

Generate your access key

  • Click the link to generate your access key.
  • After you copy the access key, click Take me to
Number 3

Log in to

  • Log in to
  • Click Documents & statements icon then Tax forms & information. 
  • Scroll down to Additional resources, then click the Vanguard Philanthropic Center
  • Select Start Donation and enter your Vanguard Charitable user ID and access key to finish linking.

Vanguard Charitable account information will not be visible to Vanguard representatives when accounts are linked. A Vanguard representative who has authorization from you to process a transaction on your behalf will be able to view your Vanguard Charitable account balance and investment allocation through the Vanguard Philanthropic Center as they assist you with entering the transaction. Vanguard Charitable will not have access to any Vanguard account information beyond what is needed to complete the transaction unless authorized by you, the donor. For more information, visit our FAQs.


Once your accounts are linked, log in to to start contributing.

Log in to, choose My Accounts, select Tax Center, then scroll down and click The Vanguard Philanthropic Center to initiate contributions from eligible Vanguard accounts to your Vanguard Charitable philanthropic account(s). Selecting your investment allocation for the contribution and cost basis will be done directly on


Please note that if you contribute from a joint or trust account, there will be a one-time step to electronically have all account owners consent.


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