We offer unparalleled service, industry-low fees, and trusted Vanguard investments. These are just a few of the Vanguard Charitable advantages that set us apart. We believe that giving through a donor-advised fund (DAF) is the most tax-advantageous, strategic, and powerful way to give back. However, the unique aspects of a Vanguard Charitable DAF can make your giving go further. We pull together the tools we develop, resources we curate, and partnerships we cultivate to ensure you have—at your fingertips—all you need to reach your charitable goals.


A DAF is a charitable giving account designed to invest, grow, and give assets to charities for meaningful and lasting impact. While giving to charity can be its own reward, giving with Vanguard Charitable means working with an industry leader. Together, we can change the world through long-term, strategic charitable giving that minimizes your costs and maximizes your charitable impact.

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  • Thought Leadership
  • Charitable planning workbooks
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  • Cash Gifts
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Investment Strategy
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Granting Strategy
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Giving made easy with Vanguard Charitable

Vanguard Charitable's donor-advised fund can simplify your giving and support your charitable goals. Experience the value in giving with Vanguard Charitable.


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Resources to help you along your charitable journey:

NAVi: A charity search tool

NAVi™ for Hunger and Homelessness aims to provide you with the information needed to understand where and how you can make a difference. Make informed giving decisions that will have the greatest impact.

Giving Matters Guide

Map your charitable plan with this guide. Philanthropists like you dream big and understand that charitable giving is more than responding to individual solicitations with one-time gifts. It is strategic, built for long-term impact, and aligned to a purposeful mission.

Charitable Personalities Quiz

We know that making thoughtful giving decisions can be challenging. But we firmly believe that the best place to start is by understanding your charitable giving personality. Powered by extensive research on charitable perspectives and machine learning, our quiz will help you jump-start your generosity journey by starting with a bit of self-reflection and discovery.

Tax Savings Calculator

Our easy-to-use Tax Savings Calculator will help you understand how your filing status, income tax rate, and estimated contributions affect your potential tax savings. Use our tool to help you assess how a charitable contribution may impact your tax liability.

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What are Premier services?

Premier services were created for account holders who seek to create long-term impact with their accounts of $1 million or more. Our Premier Services team provides our Premier donors with philanthropic guidance, unmatched personal service, enhanced contribution consultation, comprehensive due diligence, and exclusive opportunities and industry insights. This experienced team of experts and relationship managers delivers solutions to help ensure your giving goes further.


A designated Philanthropic Advisor works with you on identifying and executing on giving priorities, and setting a philanthropic vision that aligns with your short- and long-term goals. Learn more about Premier services.

Exclusive Premier account benefits

Your team is easily reached through a direct phone line and email address. Rest assured that this hand-selected, highly trained team is knowledgeable of the individual circumstances our high-net-worth donors face. Through this team, we offer personalized support that's unique to our Premier donors.

  • Lower fees

    Tiered fees based on account balance. The higher the balance, the lower the fees.

  • Low expense ratios

    Access to Vanguard's Institutional Plus share class pricing provides low expense ratios.

  • Enhanced contribution consultation

    A team to help with donating complex assets. Customized plans are available.

  • Multifaceted granting services

    International granting, grant agreements with reports, recoverable grants, and electronic grants transfer.

  • Partners in planning

    Thoughtful succession planning with access to our in-house experts, partners, and a dedicated team.

Together, we can make your giving go further

We take our mission to increase philanthropy seriously. It’s our goal to support all you want to accomplish and get more dollars to charity. Vanguard Charitable sponsors thousands of DAF accounts and has granted billions to charities across the globe. As one of the largest grantmakers in the US, our mission is to increase philanthropy and maximize its impact over time. We customize giving approaches that fit your needs to help you create a lasting charitable legacy.


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