Make charitable contributions

Start the process by opening a charitable account. Go to open account and gather the information needed prior to start.

Vanguard Charitable can accept donations of cash (check, wire, EBT), stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, and illiquid assets. We can accept assets held at banks, Vanguard, or another firm. Interested in contributing something else? Contact us to find out how we can help.

We see contributions spike toward the end of the year, but you may not want to wait that long. When you're ready, log onto your account and follow the easy step-by-step instructions.

Manage your charitable giving

The unique structure of a donor-advised fund account at Vanguard Charitable allows you to manage your charitable giving in a cost-effective, flexible, and convenient way. Use the information on this page as a guide to help understand the full giving experience with us.

  1. Choose an asset to donate
  2. Review instructions and sign required documents
  3. Submit materials to Vanguard Charitable

Benefits of tax-effective philanthropy


Supporting charity through a donor-advised fund is an attractive form of tax-effective philanthropy. The immediate tax deduction may allow you to reduce capital gains on donations of appreciated securities, real estate, financial windfalls, as well as plan for major life events.


Read more about how to include philanthropy in your tax strategy:


Charitable tax strategies

Giving tax-effectively

Getting started

Donating complex assets for charitable giving


We specialize in accepting complex or illiquid assets for charitable donation. Many nonprofits are not equipped to accept these types of donations because of high liquidation costs and heavy staff involvement. We can help. Certain assets may require prequalification, higher contribution amounts, additional fees and extended processing times. Give us a call to discuss your asset. 

Planned giving options


Many planned giving options allow you to donate assets, such as a qualified retirement plan/401k, individual retirement account (IRA), life insurance policy, trust, and will. Learn more about deferred or planned giving opportunities.


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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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