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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.

November 15, 2017

As donors consider year-end giving, Vanguard Charitable receives a number of requests to accept individual retirement account (IRA) distributions. While federal law stipulates that donor-advised funds cannot accept these distributions tax-free, Vanguard Charitable does provide an alternative for donors who are interested in supporting disaster relief through this mandatory withdrawal.

November 06, 2017

Similar to a diversified investment portfolio, many donors allocate their charitable dollars among a mix of giving tools. A diversified approach to giving can optimize tax benefits and create more strategic philanthropy, which is good news for the nonprofits that depend on their support.

October 02, 2017

With equity market returns at eye-popping levels over the last several years, many investors hold securities that have appreciated in value. That’s good news, but selling those securities can potentially mean higher taxes. Yet again, there’s a positive: If you have held your appreciated securities for more than one year, you can donate them to charity and not only claim a tax deduction for their full fair market value but also avoid capital gains tax.

September 28, 2017

A series of natural disasters has unfortunately occurred recently, causing widespread damage and displacing residents in the US, the Caribbean, and Mexico. 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.

September 28, 2017

With a string of recent disasters wreaking destruction and hardship in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Vanguard Charitable donors have responded by issuing more than 2,800 grants totaling over $15 million to disaster relief and recovery efforts. The average grant has been just under $5,400. These totals do not include grants sent to disasters relief organizations’ general operating budgets, which may very well also support current or future disaster relief efforts.

September 22, 2017

With the holidays approaching and year-end fundraising campaigns ramping up, the coming months are popular for recommending grants to nonprofit organizations. In fact, 30.8% of last year's total recommended grants came in the months of November and December alone. However, organizations need support year-round for their programs and initiatives. Below are tips to make the most of your philanthropic account and ensure your favorite causes are supported by recommending grants in a timely and effective manner.