Recommend a grant

Through your online account, you can research charities and recommend grants. Grant recommendations cannot be made over the phone.

For resources on the relationship between Vanguard Charitable and grantee organizations, visit the nonprofit organizations page.

Philanthropists take special pride in the charities and causes they choose to support.

You can research charities through exclusive access to GuideStar’s National Nonprofit Directory—a charitable giving research tool featuring information on more than 2.6 million nonprofit organizations.  If a particular charity is not in the system, donors can provide the charity’s contact information.

The minimum grant recommendation is $500. Our $500 grant minimum was established to ensure our donors make a substantial philanthropic impact without creating administrative burden for recipient charities.2 Keep in mind, nonprofit organizations must process every check they receive. One check for $500, as opposed to five $100 checks, minimizes a charity's time, labor, and resources used to process and allows it to focus on its mission.


While you may want to support a specific purpose, if you're unsure, unrestricted giving by using 'unrestricted' or 'general operating expenses' purposes are often preferred by charities.  Research may require outreach to the organization, and the length of time to process the grant may increase.

Send the grant check now, later or on a recurring basis. The time to process a grant recommendation may vary based on the type of organization being supported. Most of our grants are reviewed and issued within two business days.

Grants may be anonymous, fully attributed to your account, or something in between. Choose how you want to be recognized, if at all, each time you recommend a grant. 

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1Philanthropic accounts must successfully recommend at least one minimum $500 grant every five years. International grants and grants subject to tailored grant agreements may require larger minimum recommendations.

2Account advisors may not claim a charitable tax deduction for a grant made from Vanguard Charitable, even if the charity provides a tax receipt.

3Timing may vary depending on grant purpose and type of organization.

4An intermediary is an organization based in the U.S. that supports international organizations and causes.

5Direct international grants are researched and approved on a case-by-case basis. Contact Vanguard Charitable before recommending an international grant.