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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. 

September 19, 2017

Vanguard Charitable has launched the GuideStar National Nonprofit Directory, a comprehensive and easy-to-use charitable giving research tool featuring information on more than 2.6 million nonprofit organizations. Vanguard Charitable is the first donor-advised fund to offer this service to its donors, boosting their ability to make informed and thoughtful charitable giving decisions. The in-depth information included in the Nonprofit Directory, which would typically cost $1,000 annually per user, is available to Vanguard Charitable donors free of charge.

July 21, 2017

If you are over the age of 70 ½, the government requires you to take annual distributions (withdrawals) from your retirement account—a provision known as the required minimum distribution (RMD). Up to a certain amount, these distributions may be made tax-free as long as they are directed to a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, an option known as the qualified charitable distribution (QCD). However, current law does not allow donor-advised funds, including Vanguard Charitable, to accept QCDs.

July 07, 2017

Fees for several of the Vanguard funds in Vanguard Charitable’s investment options have been reduced, leading to an aggregate savings for Vanguard Charitable donors of $480,000*. In other words, our donors will collectively have nearly a half million more dollars to grant annually.

June 30, 2017

Vanguard Charitable was recently featured in a podcast and post on popular personal finance blog Dough Roller. Rob Berger, founder of the blog, interviewed Rebecca Moffett, Vanguard Charitable’s chief strategic planning officer, and Ann Gill, chief philanthropic officer, about donor-advised funds, how to make an impact with charitable giving, how to evaluate charities, the importance of granting year-round, and more.

April 07, 2017

Vanguard Charitable, a leading national donor-advised fund, recently announced its rank as the 8th largest grantmaker in the United States. Grantmakers, such as donor-advised funds and foundations, are organizations that receive charitable contributions from individuals and corporations, and then redistribute the funds to support various causes.

March 20, 2017

The uncertainty around tax reform hasn’t only affected donors wondering what will happen to their charitable deductions, it has also created uncertainty for nonprofits that receive most of their funding through charitable giving—which is why it's so important to keep giving. Looking at what you know for certain may make the unknowns less concerning.