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August 20, 2018 communities have been struggling in California and in Kerala, as a series of natural disasters have occurred in both places. Throughout 2018, over 1 million acres of land have been devastated by wildfires and recently, in Kerala, nearly 400 people have died and more than one million have been displaced due to flooding. Relief efforts are underway to help address immediate needs for victims, such as food and shelter, as well as establish infrastructure for long-term relief efforts.

June 19, 2018

Though many donors give in response to direct fundraising appeals at year-end, Vanguard Charitable donors show their commitment to charities year-round. In fact, 37% of all grant dollars issued in calendar year 2017 were recurring grants sent to organizations multiple times throughout the year. Of those recurrent grant dollars, 87% were issued two-to-three times over the course of the year...

June 13, 2018

On June 3, two major eruptions from the Volcán del Fuego in Guatemala occurred which have devastated local communities and are responsible for the deaths of at least 100 people, a figure that is expected to rise. Relief efforts are underway and will continue for the foreseeable future. Your donations can help address immediate needs for food and shelter for displaced victims, medical aid for the injured, and more, as well as long-term needs for resources for rebuilding.

March 27, 2018

To ensure we are enabling you to create the most impact with your charitable dollars, we are pleased to announce changes to several of our investment options. As of April 2, 2018, underlying funds in several of Vanguard Charitable’s investment options will undergo a share class conversion resulting in lower fees and potentially greater assets available for charitable giving. 

February 23, 2018

Vanguard Charitable is committed to offering a low-cost, high-value donor advised fund, and holds firm to our belief that low fees allow you to maximize your charitable giving. To ensure we are enabling you to create the most impact with your charitable dollars, we are pleased to announce a reduction in our administrative fee structure. Beginning March 1, 2018, assets between $500,000 and $999,999 will be assessed a 0.35% administrative fee, a 0.05% reduction.

February 23, 2018

Vanguard Charitable saw remarkable growth throughout 2017, but it was the increase in grantmaking that made the most significant impact. Donors granted nearly $873 million in calendar year 2017, a record a single year and a 28% increase over the previous year. The number of individual grants, meanwhile, increased 25% over the previous year, up to nearly 100,000. In total, Vanguard Charitable donors have granted more than $7.2 billion since our inception.

December 27, 2017

On December 22, President Trump signed into law a major overhaul of the American tax code. While donor-advised funds are not themselves subject to any new rules or reporting requirements, many Vanguard Charitable donors are likely to find that their charitable giving is affected by the law.

December 22, 2017

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed a uniform tax bill on December 20, in what is considered the first major overhaul of the American tax code since 1986. President Trump signed the legislation into law on December 22.

November 28, 2017

Tax reform has taken center stage in Washington, with competing bills in the Senate and House of Representatives. With the potential for further revisions in the near future, there is still much that is unknown when it comes to the new tax plan, including whether it will pass yet this year, next, or not at all. Understandably, donors may be wondering how this tax picture could affect their charitable giving.

November 21, 2017

Vanguard Charitable strives to continually improve our program and provide a simple, cost-effective donor-advised fund for you, our donors. We’ve heard your feedback and as a result, beginning this month, we have started rolling out improvements with the exclusive purpose of helping you meet your philanthropic goals.