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The Giving Matters blog is a way for our leadership team to share their perspectives on trends in philanthropy, charitable planning strategies, and more.

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Rebecca Moffett's picture

Richer than a millionaire—a conversation with a Vanguard Charitable donor

January 08, 2019

Our donors are doing incredible work across the country and the globe. From time to time, we're fortunate to speak in depth with donors about what drives them. I'm happy to present an interview with Vanguard Charitable donor William D. Danko, Ph.D, co-author of The Millionaire Next Door and Richer Than A Millionaire ~A Pathway to True Prosperity.

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Sean Gordon's picture

The giving conversation: Involving the next generation in philanthropy

December 31, 2018

Anecdotally, we know that our donors have a strong desire to include their children and grandchildren in their philanthropy, in the hope that they inspire future generations. But to be effective, it may be just as important to "walk the walk" rather than just "talk the talk."

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Carla Ries's picture

What you gain from giving

November 28, 2018

I have been at Vanguard Charitable for over ten years, and in my current leading our Operations team I am fortunate to have a front row seat to our donors' giving experiences. With the "giving season" about to be in full swing, I see and hear on a day-to-day basis the joy and fulfillment our donors get from their charitable work.

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Rebecca Moffett's picture

#GivingTuesday 2018

November 27, 2018

On this #GivingTuesday - a global day of giving that, for many, kicks off the traditional year-end charitable giving season - Vanguard Charitable is excited to announce that we have made it easier to contribute assets from your Vanguard accounts to your Vanguard Charitable philanthropic account. Through the newly created Vanguard Philanthropic Center on, you can contribute Vanguard mutual funds and securities held at Vanguard directly from your Vanguard accounts without any additional paperwork

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Jessie Neff's picture

Values-driven work

October 23, 2018

I am so grateful to be part of a team with such committed individuals. Each and every day, my coworkers and I work diligently to increase charitable giving by helping our donors achieve their philanthropic goals. Whether they are engaging with our donors on the phone or are improving the donor experience by working on technology projects, the staff are all connected to and engaged by our mission: to increase philanthropy and maximize its impact over time.

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Jessica Halpern's picture

Disaster Relief

September 27, 2018

Last August, as the lazy days of summer were coming to an end and we had no idea what lay ahead for the residents of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Seemingly overnight, everything changed.

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Elaine Kenig's picture

Summer Reading List

July 23, 2018

To many, summer reading is synonymous with a mystery or thriller that is best enjoyed at a beach or by a lake. As you prepare for any getaways you may have planned, here is a suggested list of great titles specifically about philanthropy and family wealth planning which you may want to tackle between your lighter fares.

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Jane Greenfield's picture

Tax reform and its impact on philanthropy: a conversation with Dr. Una Osili

June 06, 2018

I recently sat down with Dr. Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, to discuss values-based philanthropy. Una was also gracious enough to spend a few extra minutes with us talking about other topics that are important to our donors.  Please enjoy the clip below in which Una shares her perspective about tax reform and its impact on philanthropy in the United States.

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Jane Greenfield's picture

Celebrating 20 years of giving and impact

December 07, 2017

Twenty years ago today, responding to direct requests from philanthropic individuals, Vanguard Charitable opened its doors. Under the guidance of then Chairman and CEO of Vanguard Group, Jack Brennan, we set out to accomplish one simple goal: Apply the Vanguard values of low cost, disciplined investing, along with a high level of customer service, to the rapidly growing donor-advised fund model.  That first year we served just 84 accounts and issued 11 grants to charity. Now, 20 years later, Vanguard Charitable hosts nearly 14,000 accounts and has granted more than $7 billion to charities across the globe.

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Rebecca Moffett's picture

#GivingTuesday kicks off the 2017 Giving Season—How will you have a greater impact this year?

November 28, 2017

Today, November 28, hundreds of millions of dollars will be raised through online and social media platforms in honor of #GivingTuesday—a global day of charity. For those unfamiliar, Giving Tuesday follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, and officially kicks off the charitable “Giving Season”—a time where our team at Vanguard Charitable is humbled by our donors’ philanthropic passion and generosity. It is also a time where the increased granting and charitable activity forces us to step back and ask ourselves: How we can help our donors have an even greater impact this year than the year prior?

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