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We recognize that communities affected by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, fire, or tornadoes, need financial support for months and years following a tragedy, long after media coverage has waned. The Sustainable Disaster-Relief Fund (SDRF) was established in 2006 as a way for Vanguard Charitable to fund recovery and, ultimately, address the ongoing effects of major disasters.
All grants issued from the SDRF are researched by our staff and approved at the discretion of the Vanguard Charitable board. A minimum 5% of the fund is annually granted to recovery efforts. Vanguard Charitable does not accept recommendations for grant recipients from donors or charities.
The fund accepts contributions for a minimum $5,000.
SDRF is a field-of-interest fund, not a donor-advised fund. Because of that distinction, the SDRF is often able to accept direct distributions tax-free from an IRA.
The IRA charitable rollover provision states donors age 70½ and older may make tax-free contributions directly from an IRA to qualified charities (excluding donor-advised funds). Donors should consult their tax advisors prior to contributing assets from an IRA.
To date, recipients of SDRF grants have included the Save the Children U.S. Emergencies Fund, the Architecture for Humanity National Resilience Program, United Way organizations in disaster-afflicted areas of the United States, AmeriCares, and Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) for its efforts in Haiti. Learn more about supporting disaster recovery efforts in our Resource Center.