How to choose a donor-advised fund provider


Opening a DAF is an increasingly popular approach to charitable giving, and you’ll want to ensure that you’re choosing the right partner to ensure you have the support and resources you need.


When you’re considering opening a donor-advised fund, here are some things you should look for.


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When you’re contributing appreciated assets and recommending large or even complicated grants, you want to be able to depend on a provider you trust. Ensure any provider you partner with has shown they’re trustworthy.


  • With over twenty-five years of experience in donor-advised funds and over $18 billion granted to charity since its founding, Vanguard Charitable has the knowledge and expertise to help you achieve your philanthropic goals. We offer personalized resources and trusted support to ensure you’re maximizing your giving potential.

Fees are a part of strategic philanthropy, no matter what giving vehicle you use. But be careful not to open a charitable account only to watch too much of your contribution go toward account fees. When you pay less in fees, you allow more funds to go to charity.


  • With the lowest all-in fee in the industry, Vanguard Charitable is a solution that offers a leading donor-advised fund without the high costs that are becoming all too common in the philanthropic industry.

Not all investment lineups are created equal among DAF providers. Before you open an account, ensure you’ll have access to quality investment options that will support your long-term giving goals.


  • Vanguard Charitable’s investment options are Vanguard-aligned, low-cost, and high-quality. Our wide range of options can suit your preferences and risk tolerance to help your giving grow over time. By providing a menu of high-quality options, we simplify investing and keep costs down so you can focus on maximizing your charitable giving and its impact on the nonprofits you care about.

How to open and use a donor-advised fund


When you partner with Vanguard Charitable, opening and using a DAF is a straightforward process.


Opening a Vanguard Charitable DAF can take as little as 15 minutes online. After you make your initial contribution, you can continue to grow your DAF balance through charitable investments and by contributing stocks, cash, or other assets. Remember that all of your contributions are immediately tax-deductible.


As your account potentially grows via your preferred investment allocation, you can recommend grants to your favorite charities through our user-friendly portal, knowing that your giving is making a substantial impact.


If you have any questions or need more information, contact us – we're here to help you achieve your charitable goals.



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