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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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How donor-advised funds can help charities during a recession

May 16, 2019

In an economic downturn, charities can face a double whammy: higher need and fewer donations. A new study by H. Daniel Heist and Danielle Vance-McMullen indicates that donor-advised funds (DAFs), like those sponsored by Vanguard Charitable, may help address this problem. Evidence suggests that donor-advised funds, unlike other charitable giving tools, continue to support charity at roughly the same rate during recessions, providing nonprofits with a much-needed boost. This approach to giving highlights both the long-term potential of a DAF and the flexibility of the tool, which allows donors to adapt to changing events and the ongoing needs of charities. 

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Greg Murray's picture

Advisor to Advisor: What are your clients not telling you?

April 25, 2019

While many professional advisors find that having the charitable conversation with their clients deepens the relationship, surveys of advisors and clients demonstrate that advisors and clients are not always on the same page.

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Charitable strategies part one | Pay less to give more

April 15, 2019

It’s counterintuitive to spend money to give money away, but giving tools can be helpful for managing your philanthropy and making your giving more effective. In part one of our series, we will dive deep into how you can make the greatest impact on your charitable giving by using cost-saving tools.

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Maximizing your charitable giving by minimizing costs

March 29, 2019

Cost matters -- in investing and in charitable giving. When evaluating charitable giving options, the more money spent on fees, the less that's available for charity.

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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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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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#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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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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