Whether you are looking to respond to current events or develop your long-term philanthropic plan, you’ll find something useful below

Note: We share the expertise of our network of trusted partners, as well as insights into our donors’ giving behavior, especially around topics that our donors frequently ask about. As a cause-neutral organization, we do not, however, endorse individual charities.  

COVID-19

While a full recovery may take years, our donor-advised funds are built to respond to both the pandemic’s immediate needs and its long-term challenges. Use the resources below to see how you can help.  

 

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Our guidance for responding to COVID-19Giving during a crisis can often feel rushed. But granting during these pivotal times can be done thoughtfully if you have an established charitable plan. 
Highly-rated COVID relief charitiesThese trusted organizations identified by Charity Navigator provided frontline support during the early period of the crisis and continue to address urgent needs as they arise. 
India's COVID-19 crisisIndia is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases that has major global implications. Find organizations that you can support to combat this outbreak courtesy of Charity Navigator.
Nonprofit Aid Visualizer™ (NAVi)Vanguard Charitable’s groundbreaking new tool, with an easy-to-use interface, helps you find charities at work in the areas most vulnerable to the pandemic—both near you and across the country. 

Social Justice

Social justice seeks to promote equal rights and opportunities among all members of society, especially historically disadvantaged groups. Recent protests and demonstrations across the country have reflected the nation’s renewed focus on civil rights, an ever-popular issue among our donors.

 

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Our donors’ top social justice charitiesOur donors have granted millions of dollars to organizations working to promote civil rights and social justice around the country and the world. Here are their most supported charities over the past year.
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ recommended organizationsThis group of established nonprofit organizations recommended by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors seeks to address racial inequality in the criminal justice system.
A toolkit for strengthening democracyThe Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) has constructed a framework for revitalizing the democratic process in the U.S.

Disaster Relief

When disaster strikes, Vanguard Charitable donors have a history of stepping in and providing relief. With the help of our partner Charity Navigator, we compile lists of highly-rated organizations and expedite grant processing so that our donors can spring into action.

 

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Winter Storms 2021Extreme winter weather caused widespread damage across much of the middle of the country, leaving communities in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and elsewhere in crisis. 
Hurricanes Eta and IotaAmid one of the most active hurricane seasons ever, Hurricanes Eta and Iota struck consecutive blows to Guatemala and Honduras while also causing damage to other areas of Central America and the Caribbean. 
Summer Disasters 2020In the span of a few weeks, wildfires raged across the western United States, a powerful derecho struck the heartland, and Hurricane Laura tore through Louisiana.
Beirut ExplosionOn August 4, 2020, a catastrophic explosion occurred in the port area of the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Over 200 people died, and more than 6,500 were injured. 
Disaster relief best practicesThis resource from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) offers tips for making your response to disasters as impactful as possible.

Additional Resources

Looking for additional resources? We suggest starting below. These organizations and resources are well regarded within the charitable world and have proven valuable for our donors.

 

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors 
This resource offers a menu of projects that demonstrate how Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors approaches important issues and helps foster innovation in philanthropy.
 
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP)
On CHIP’s site, you can find quick links, examples of how to apply the information offered, and an array of nonprofits making an impact on various issue areas.

 

Charity Navigator
This “Hot Topics” page closely follows current events and offers highly-rated charities working to address topics that have garnered considerable national interest.

GuideStar by Candid
Vanguard Charitable donors have full access via their online account to this comprehensive database featuring more than 15 search filters to evaluate the mission, finances, and commitment to transparency of millions of nonprofits. If you don’t have a Vanguard Charitable account, you can use the scaled-back version for free at the link above.  

 

Support a community foundation

Community foundations are often dialed in to what’s happening hyper-locally and can usually react quickly to emerging needs. Check out this community foundation locator to find one near you. 

Recommend a grant

To support a charity, log in to your account and select Grant in the navigation menu at the top of the page. Then select Recommend a grant in the dropdown.

 

If the organization is not in your saved charities’ list, type the charity name or EIN in the search bar under Find a charity. Click the magnifying glass to begin the search and then scroll down to see your search results. Charities will appear in a list below. Once found, save the charity by clicking on the star and then click select to begin the granting process. 

 

Consider making a global impact

 

Looking to give globally? We’ve partnered with Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America), an industry leader in international granting. Search through more than 1.8 million charities in CAF America’s global database, then use your Vanguard Charitable account to initiate the grant.1 (After you’ve selected to recommend a grant to CAF America, EIN 43-1634280, you can name the international charity you’d like to support in the Add Additional Comments feature.) 

1Fees may apply.

 

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