Vanguard Charitable is proud to partner with Goodnation to present Hunger & Homelessness Smartfunds. Smartfunds are high-impact giving opportunities that empower donors to effect lasting change across these complex cause areas with just one single gift.  

How do Smartfunds work?

With a single gift to a Smartfund, you’ll be able to feed and house people directly, improve the quality and reach of services for families, and work to scale more effective solutions. Through a portfolio approach, each gift will turn into a diversified set of strategic grants that directly help those in need while also addressing the underlying issues perpetuating hunger and homelessness in the U.S.

Why use a Smartfund?

When you give in response to hunger and homelessness, you want to see as many people helped as possible. That’s why the majority of every dollar donated into a Smartfund goes out to direct service providers—such as food pantries, shelters, and school programs—whose work will alleviate suffering and provide for those in need today.

However, we know that you also want to contribute solutions to the broader problems that drive hunger and homelessness. To do so, we dedicate a meaningful portion of each Smartfund gift to groups that are working to build collaboration, replicate successes across communities, and enshrine these solutions in public policy, getting to the root of why so many Americans live with food insecurity and without shelter.

Every dollar given to a Smartfund will generate both significant immediate impact and results that grow over time. 

Direct Service


Leveraging community solutions


Systems-level Change


Impact reporting

When you give to a Hunger & Homelessness Smartfund through your Vanguard Charitable donor-advised fund account, you’ll receive regular impact reports detailing the services provided and goals met as a result of your Smartfund grant.

About Goodnation

Goodnation's community of donors addresses urgent needs, finds solutions, and creates lasting impact through expert philanthropy advising and unique digital tools. So far, Goodnation has empowered donors to give $20 million (and counting!) to help feed the hungry, educate students, protect the vulnerable, and so much more through vetted nonprofit organizations. Learn more at 


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