Keep in mind

To open an account, the minimum initial contribution is $25,000 and the minimum additional contribution is $5,000. Contributions initiated through, that are in good order and submitted before 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, can be processed the same business day. All other contributions must be received, in good order, by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, for same-day processing.

Minimum Contribution


Additional Contributions


Cut-off time for contributions initiated via (Eastern)

4:00 p.m.

Cut-off time for all other contributions (Eastern)

1:00 p.m.

Ways to contribute

After completing a one-time process to link your Vanguard Charitable and Vanguard accounts, you can initiate online contributions from a Vanguard Individual, Joint or Trust account by completing the following steps. Need to link your accounts? Get instructions in the FAQs


  1. Log on to Do you have a Vanguard Financial Advisor in Personal Advisor Services? If so, we strongly recommend consulting with them before making a contribution from a managed account.
  2. From the menu, choose Documents & statements icon, select Tax forms & information. Scroll down to Additional resources, then click the Vanguard Philanthropic Center
  3. Click Start Donation to continue with your contribution. Interested in cost basis? See here.

If you do not meet these requirements, see the Contributions from Vanguard - paper-based authorization section.

  1. Click Contribute.
  2. Select Assets held at Vanguard then choose one of the following:
    1. "I am not eligible for electronic authorization - Enter a Vanguard mutual fund"
    2. I am not eligible for electronic authorization - Enter a Security (Other than a Vanguard mutual fund)
  3. Manually enter your account details and 
  4. You must print and send a Letter of Authorization to Vanguard Charitable. If you have a current Standing Letter of Authorization in place, you will not need any additional paperwork. 
  • To learn more about additional authentication options for Vanguard assets, please click here.
  • Interested in cost basis? See here
  1. Click Contribute.
  2. Select Asset held outside of Vanguard.
  3. Enter a security gift.
  4. Complete required fields and submit.
  5. Contact your broker or firm holding the securities to determine if additional paperwork is needed and to provide transfer instructions.
  6. Your brokerage firm must initiate the transfer of shares.
  1. Click Contribute.
  2. Select Asset held outside of Vanguard.
  3. Select Enter a mutual fund gift.
  4. Complete required fields and submit.
  5. We recommend contacting the holding firm to determine if it is able to initiate an electronic transfer.
  6. If not, please return the Letter of Authorization (provided in the Funding instructions step).
  7. Enclose a copy of an account statement less than 90 days old from your current institution.
  1. Click Contribute.
  2. Select Stock certificate.
  3. Complete required fields and submit.
  4. Return the Letter of Authorization (provided in the Funding instructions step) and the properly endorsed original stock certificate. Both documents require a Medallion signature guarantee.

We welcome complex assets, such as private equity, non-publicly traded stock, LLC or LP interest, hedge fund interest, insurance policies, real estate, art, and more. Each asset is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Want more information on donating complex assets? Take a look at 5 steps to contribute complex assets or give us a call at 888-383-4483.

  1. Click Contribute.
  2. Select Check or Electronic bank transfer.
  3. Complete required fields and submit.
  4. Instruct your bank to send the electronic bank transfer transaction to Vanguard Charitable.
  1. Click Contribute.
  2. Select Wire.
  3. Complete required fields and submit.
  4. Provide your bank with wiring instructions.

Wiring instructions:


Wire to: FRB ABA 011001234
             BNY, 225 Liberty St., New York, NY 10286


For credit to: Account 0724947 - Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

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