COVID-19: Vanguard Charitable donors take action

Released December 16, 2020: Read Vanguard Charitable’s COVID-19 giving report examining the ongoing philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data from Feb.1 – Nov. 30

Total grant dollars given for COVID-19 relief


Unique organizations supported


Year-over-year grants increase


Vanguard Charitable: Change starts here

Together, we can change the world through long-term, strategic charitable giving that minimizes your costs and maximizes charitable dollars. While giving to charity can be its own reward, giving through a donor-advised fund makes giving go further.

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We at Vanguard Charitable approach every day with empathy, kindness, and reflection. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our workplace, and a more just and giving world outside.

What is a donor-advised fund?

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving account designed exclusively to invest, grow, and give assets to charities for meaningful and lasting impact. Here's how it works: You donate assets into a DAF and recommend how those assets should be invested. Your contribution is tax-deductible and the assets in the DAF grow tax-free. When you're ready, recommend a grant to a charity you care about, and we take care of the rest. Some people call it a giving vehicle. Others call it a philanthropic fund. We call it the most convenient, tax-efficient way to give back.

Benefits of a donor-advised fund

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Contributions to your donor-advised fund are tax-deductible. Donate appreciated assets to maximize the tax benefit.

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Ready to make a contribution? Then it's time to open an account. We provide a step-by-step online guide.



You recommend grants and then craft a legacy plan to ensure your charities are funded beyond your lifetime.

Our philosophy is simple: Low-cost, high quality investments

We've built our investment philosophy on the principles that have made Vanguard the leader in at-cost investment. Our goals are simple: Keep all-in fees low without sacrificing performance. More growth means more charitable impact over time.

Portfolio Solutions

Portfolio Solutions

Too busy to choose investment options? Pre-allocated investments, rebalanced daily by seasoned professionals, may be the right option for you.

Portfolio Builders

Portfolio Builders

Interested in building your own charitable portfolio? Then these customized funds, driven by your giving timeline and philanthropic goals, could be a solid choice.

Values-driven Investments

Values-driven Investments

Want to align your personal values with your charitable investments? Choosing from three socially responsible investment options may be what you're looking for. 

News and more

UPDATE: CARES Act provisions extended into 2021

New Report: Vanguard Charitable Donors Have Granted $1.3 Billion in COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Amid uncertainty, keep the focus on what you do know


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