Types of nonprofits
Every grant we send requires a different review and approval process. The review is based on the type of organization receiving the grant. Below is a sampling of the nonprofits that receive grants from us.
A traditional, publicly supported charity, such as education, cultural or health organization.
Place of worship
An organization that operates for religious purposes and may not be required to file a 990 form.
A governmental entity such as public schools, libraries, towns, or other divisions of government.
Private operating foundation
An organization that uses the funding of a small number of donors to conduct charitable activities.
An organization that supports or provides services for another public charity.
Intention & Purpose
When you recommend a grant, you can also choose a specific purpose for the charitable dollars. Perhaps you want to support a specific project or uphold a charity's overall mission. Below are some of the most selected granting purposes.
Support a charity's ongoing need
Support for a specific project
Support for general operating costs
We work with you to support the charitable projects most important to you, while satisfying IRS requirements for granting. The simplest way to recommend a grant is also the most convenient for nonprofit organizations: Designate charitable dollars for general operating expenses.
Additional granting purposes
Why would my grant recommendation be denied?
Grant recommendations are sometimes denied. Most often it's about the legalities surrounding granting itself, such as impermissible benefits. For example, if a grant allows someone to receive special goods or services, such as tickets to an event, or a grant fulfills a donor's pledge, we cannot approve that grant recommendation. Additionally, if Vanguard Charitable becomes aware that an organization is under investigation by regulatory authorities for activities that may call into question its ability to carry out its charitable purpose, Vanguard Charitable may deny the grant.