We are excited to introduce Charitable Giving Badges to help you track your progress and giving impact in your quest to make the world a better place. Whether you’ve earned silver, gold, or platinum, earning any badge makes you a winner.

Leveling up your badge

Badges can be achieved at one of three metal levels: platinum, gold, and silver.  

  • Platinum donors are the top 10% of all givers in any badge category. Maximize your impact by achieving the platinum status in any badge.
  • Gold donors are committed to increasing their charitable impact over time.
  • Silver donors have made it clear. They’re charitably minded and working toward growing their giving.

 

Below, you’ll find descriptions for all of our badges. Compare how your giving style matches up to your fellow donors.

Charity Champion

Our donors are generous, thoughtful givers, supporting more than 40,000 distinct charities, working across a wide spectrum of cause areas and needs. Click the title to read more.

Charity Champion

While the average U.S. donor contributes to 4.5 different charities in a year,1 our donors support an average of 6.1 charities each year.

 

Donors who earned a Charity Champion badge and went platinum supported at least ten unique charities in 2019.

Limitless Giver

In 2019, 72% of our grants were gifted for unrestricted purposes. Choosing an ‘unrestricted’ grant purpose when recommending grants puts your favorite charities in the driver’s seat. Click the title to read more.

Limitless Giver

Research shows that only 20% of nonprofit funding in the U.S. is unrestricted. This can contribute to charities limiting their overhead to attract and retain funding, preventing investment in future growth and innovation.2

 

Donors who earned a Limitless Giver badge and went platinum recommended 100% of grants in 2019 as unrestricted.

Repeat Supporter

In 2019, 17% of our donors’ recommended grants were recurring. Setting up a recurring grant to your charity of choice is a powerful way to help it grow its organizational capacity. Click the title to read more.

Repeat Supporter

On average, 50% of donors give just once to a charity.3 Recurring grants reduce fundraising costs, increase investment in the organization’s sustainability and support future plans.

 

Donors who earned a Repeat Supporter badge and went platinum, set up three recurring donations or more in 2019.

Committed Collaborator

When you partner with the same nonprofit for more than a year or two, you open the door to building a long-term relationship with the charity. Click the title to read more.

Committed Collaborator

Creating a relationship based on accountability, transparency, and trust. You’re also giving the charity room to grow in capacity, expertise, and infrastructure.

 

Donors who earned a Committed Collaborator badge and went platinum, supported the same organization for 5 years or more.

Interstate Idealist

Our toughest social, environmental, and economic challenges aren’t always neatly bound by geographic borders. The organizations leading the charge to address these issues are found throughout the United States. Click the title to read more.

Interstate Idealist

You can use your account to easily support charities—regardless of where they’re physically located. Approximately 42% of our donors’ recommended grants were issued to charities located outside of donors’ home states.

 

Donors who earned an Interstate Idealist badge and went platinum, supported charities in five or more states in 2019.

Alternative Hero

Donating illiquid gifts and other complex assets to fund your account is a fantastic way to unlock charitable dollars in your portfolio and maximize your tax savings. Click the title to read more.

Alternative Hero

In 2019, we liquidated $168M in complex assets for our donors, unlocking those dollars for charities efficiently. We have years of experience in accepting, processing, and liquidating complex assets.

 

Donors who earned an Alternative Hero badge and went platinum, contributed three complex assets to their account in 2019.

Retirement Fund Maximizer

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) are direct distributions from an IRA to an eligible charity.4Click the title to read more.

Retirement Fund Maximizer

Although donor-advised fund accounts are ineligible to receive QCDs, they can often be contributed to our mission-driven charitable funds. Read more about our funds here.

 

Donors who earned a Retirement Fund Maximizer badge and went platinum, contributed a QCD to one of our mission-driven charitable funds.

Global Benefactor

In an increasingly interconnected world, many donors are seeking ways to make their giving go global. Click the title to read more.

Global Benefactor

Thanks to our partnerships with international grant-making experts, we are more equipped than ever to send grants to organizations working throughout the world quickly, safely, and affordably.

 

Donors who earned a Global Benefactor badge and went platinum, recommended two international grants in 2019.

1https://nonprofitssource.com/online-giving-statistics/
2https://www.fastcompany.com/40552662/5-ways-the-nonprofit-industry-is-failing-and-how-overcome-them?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Ideas&position=8&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04052018

3Sargeant, Adrian and Elaine Jay. Building Donor Loyalty. Jossey-Bass 2004, p. 2.
4Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) are direct distributions from an IRA to an eligible charity. IRA accountholders who are at least age 72 (previously 70 ½) can contribute some or all of their IRAs to charity in fulfillment of some of their required minimum distribution requirements (RMDs). Although donor-advised fund accounts at Vanguard Charitable are ineligible to receive QCDs, QCDs may in some cases be contributed to our mission-driven charitable funds: the Philanthropic Impact Fund and the Sustainable Disaster Relief Fund.

 

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