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.

Public Charity

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.

Supporting Organization

An organization that supports or provides services for another public charity.

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 legally binding pledge or other obligation, we cannot approve that grant recommendation. Additionally, if Vanguard Charitable becomes aware that a nonprofit organization has been charged by regulatory authorities for criminal activities that call into question its ability to carry out its charitable purpose, Vanguard Charitable may deny the grant.


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