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Who is Fidelity Charitable?

Since our inception as a public charity in 1991, our mission has remained the same—to grow the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving accessible, simple, and effective.

Fidelity Charitable launched the first national donor-advised fund program, democratizing philanthropy by making a giving vehicle available to a broad array of people. Today, we sponsor nearly 198,000 donor-advised funds connected to more than a quarter million donors. Since our founding, we have helped donors support 406,000 nonprofit organizations with $84.5 billion in grants.

What is a donor-advised fund?

A donor-advised fund is a charitable account sponsored by a public charity that donors use to support their charitable giving. Donors can make an irrevocable, tax-deductible contribution of many types of assets to a donor-advised fund.

At Fidelity Charitable, those assets include cash, publicly traded stock, and private business shares. Donors can then recommend grants from their donor-advised fund to virtually any other IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charity and advise how to invest their dedicated charitable dollars for potential tax-free growth.

Donor-advised funds make it easier to give in a more systematic way, allowing donors to maximize their generosity. In annual surveys, a consistent two-thirds of Fidelity Charitable donors say that they give more than they otherwise would because they have a donor-advised fund.

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Research and Insights

Reports and thought leadership providing a deeper look at the behavior of donors and the trends and attitudes shaping charitable giving.

2024 Giving Report

Today, we work with more than 322,000 donors. Since our founding, we have supported 406,000 charities in every U.S. state, as well as internationally, distributing $84.5 billion in donor-recommended grants.

Fidelity Charitable donor stories

Stories of the different ways Fidelity Charitable donors use their donor-advised funds to give to the charitable causes they care about.

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