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* Donations are invested and investing involves risk. The value of an invested donation will fluctuate over time and may gain or lose money.
Donate cash, stocks, or non-publicly traded assets to your Giving Account and get your tax receipt.
How much of a tax deduction will I get? How can I maximize it?
When you donate to your Giving Account you can take the same tax deductions as donating to any public charity.
Please note, you cannot use a credit card to donate to Fidelity Charitable.
Do I need to maintain a minimum balance?
No. Once you've opened your Giving Account with $5,000 or more, the entire balance can be granted out virtually any time you like. In the meantime, your Giving Account balance will be invested, so it has the potential to grow.
Are there any timing considerations?
To be eligible for a tax deduction this year, you may need to initiate your donation early. While some assets take longer to accept and process than others, our outlined dates are meant to be used as guidelines. Please call us with any questions regarding which assets we accept and the time required for processing.
Contributions must be received by December 31 to be eligible for a tax deduction this year. See all year-end contribution date guidelines.
Do I have to be a Fidelity Investments customer?
No. Anyone can have a Fidelity Charitable Giving Account. However, if you're a Fidelity Investments customer, it's especially easy to donate funds directly from your brokerage account.
You can support virtually any IRS-qualified public charity with the money you've put into your Giving Account.
Can I start giving to charities right away? How do I do it?
What does the grant review and due diligence process entail?
Under policies set by the Fidelity Charitable Board of Trustees, Fidelity Charitable conducts a robust review of each grant recommendation to ensure grants are made only to IRS-qualified public charities, that those public charities use those granted funds solely for proper charitable purposes, and that grants do not confer impermissible benefits on donors or on any other person. Fidelity Charitable reserves the right to perform additional due diligence and to decline to make a recommended grant to a charitable organization.
The IRS is the principal U.S. government agency responsible for determining which organizations are qualified public charities. If and when an organization loses its IRS-recognized public charity status, Fidelity Charitable immediately stops making grants to it and notifies the recommending donors. In addition, other state and federal agencies may review the activities of a charitable organization, which can also affect whether Fidelity Charitable makes grants to an organization. We encourage donors with concerns about the activities of any charitable organization to contact the IRS or state charity regulators.
Fidelity Charitable’s review of grants takes into consideration data from a variety of sources, ranging from IRS databases, public records regarding litigation and governmental proceedings, to many other sources of information, including, but not limited to, news reports and information provided by donors, grantees, and others. For example, Fidelity Charitable does not make grants if an organization may be engaged in illegal or non-charitable activity (such as terrorism, money laundering, hate crimes, or fraud), or if a grant may otherwise be used for improper purposes (such as personal benefit).
Fidelity Charitable is cause-neutral and supports grantmaking to a wide range of charitable organizations as recommended by its donors, does not limit grantmaking to specific charitable activities or fields of interest, to specific geographical or demographic criteria, or to specific organizations based on political, religious, or philosophical grounds.
Grants recommended by donors do not, in any way, reflect the views of, or represent an endorsement by, Fidelity Charitable, an independent public charity, the Fidelity Charitable Board of Trustees, or Fidelity Investments. By the same token, in declining to approve a grant recommendation to a specific organization, Fidelity Charitable is not making any form of statement about that organization or its activities. Declining to make a grant does not prevent the organization from speaking or challenging its status as a charitable organization, nor does it prevent the organization from seeking and receiving funds from other sources. It also does not prevent the recommending donor from making a contribution from other funds.
There are many charities to choose from, and sometimes donors can find it hard to know which to support. Fidelity Charitable provides guidance and resources to help donors evaluate charities and make more informed giving decisions.
The Fidelity Charitable Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring all grants are made for charitable purposes. As such, the Trustees regularly review the Fidelity Charitable grantmaking policies and procedures.
I donate to the same charities every year. Can I set up automatic donations?
Yes. Setting up recurring grants is easy, and you can edit a recurring grant at any time.
While you're deciding which charities to support, your donation can grow based on how you tell us you would like it to be invested, so your Giving Account can potentially have even more money for charities.
How do I know which investments are right for my charitable goals?
Like with any investment strategy, diversifying assets in a Giving Account with a suitable asset allocation is critical to help donors meet their specific charitable goals. From asset allocation pools, which offer diversification through an all-in-one, risk-based approach, to both passive and actively-managed broad market investments, we have something that will meet your specific investing style. We also have sustainable and impact investing options for those donors that want exposure to strategies that consider social and environmental factors, while also emphasizing financial returns.
You can also give your advisor access to your Giving Account to help you decide.
Can my Giving Account lose money?
Yes. Just like any investment, invested donations depend on market performance. A diversified investment approach can help manage risk in your Giving Account and rebalancing is an important key to maintaining the most appropriate risk level, based on your charitable goals, over time. The Asset Allocation pools offer diversified all-in-one investment options, based on your risk tolerance level and time horizon, and are automatically rebalanced—taking the guess work out of the asset allocation decision process for our donors. Keep in mind that any decreases will not affect your tax deduction, as you would have already made a deductible contribution to Fidelity Charitable.
Is there someone who can help me manage all this?
Yes, we have a number of resources available to help guide your investment recommendations regardless of your situation and charitable goals. Our Asset Allocation pools are all-in-one investment options that are professionally managed and available to all donors. For help in determining the right Asset Allocation pool for your goals, we created the Pool Selector tool. Plus, if you’re planning contribute $250,000 or more, you’ll be eligible for our Charitable Investment Advisor Program, which allows you nominate your own financial advisor to manage your Giving Account’s investments.
Are there any other investment options beyond the Investment Pools?
The Charitable DonorFlex Program—or DonorFlex—is for donors with more than $5 million in their Giving Account who desire flexibility beyond what investment pools offer. DonorFlex allows donors to recommend that their Giving Account assets be invested in hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, treasuries and ETFs.
You can open a Giving Account with as little as $5,000. You don't have to maintain a minimum balance, and you can start supporting charities right away.
$100 or 0.6%*
This administrative fee is based on your Giving Account balance and covers our costs, like processing transactions and providing donor support. The more in your Giving Account, the lower the percentage.
*whichever is greater
0.015% to 1.11%
These are the mutual fund fees based on how your donation is invested, just like any other account that has the potential to grow.
See what these fees could mean for you
Hypothetical investment growth**
*Based on investment in the Conservative Income pool for one year. While the investment fees will vary depending on how the Giving Account balance is allocated, the administrative fee is only based on the balance itself. View all investment options
**Based on average annual one year return from the Conservative Income pool for October 31st, 2019. View all pool performance
The fees in this chart are based on an average annual balance in your Giving Account for one year. If you recommend grants that reduce this amount, the balance in your Giving Account will be assessed accordingly. The administrative fee is assessed by Fidelity Charitable and covers our costs, whereas the investment fee is dependent on the underlying fund(s) in each pool.Additional average annual returns:
Additional average annual returns:
1 Pool created 07/01/2011, therefore historic performance is not available for earlier periods. Pool is 100% invested in the underlying mutual fund displayed beneath the pool. Pool results will include a Fidelity Charitable annual administrative fee as described in the Fidelity Charitable Program Guidelines, and will therefore differ from the results of the underlying mutual fund.
What if I always donate via check?
While writing checks is still valuable in certain situations, contributing to a donor-advised fund lets you take your time researching charities, and donate a variety of assets—not just cash.
What if I have a private foundation?
Private foundations and donor-advised funds each have unique advantages. However, they can also be used together to maximize your giving.
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If you already work with a financial advisor, you can give him or her access to your Giving Account to transact on your behalf or manage the investments in your Giving Account.
When you use our donor-advised fund to give to charity, you're not limited to donating just cash. You can also donate stocks, bonds, and non-publicly traded assets like private business interests.
Whether you want to carry on a tradition of giving with your family or simply provide ongoing support for the charities you care about, the Giving Account helps you simplify your planning. You can also include a bequest to Fidelity Charitable in your will, potentially maximizing estate tax advantages.
Share the experience of charitable giving with friends and family through a Gift4Giving® e-gift. It lets the recipient support a charity of their choice using your Giving Account. It's the perfect gift for any occasion.
Join over 200,000 donors who choose Fidelity Charitable to make their giving simple and more effective.
Since 1991, we have been a leader in charitable planning and giving solutions, helping donors like you support their favorite charities in smart ways.
The growth potential of donor contributions is even more impressive. Thanks to Fidelity Charitable investment programs, an additional $5 billion has been made available for charitable giving. That's a distinction matched by few organizations in the U.S.
Unlike a private foundation, there are no hefty legal fees or complicated administrative tasks associated with a donor-advised fund. You can set it up easily in just a few steps, and you can manage it yourself, or with your financial advisor. It's one of the most affordable, flexible ways to give.
From world-class service to expertise in handling donations of non-publicly traded assets, we have your charitable needs covered.
Our service team is always happy to answer questions and connect you to resources that can help you achieve your charitable giving goals. You can also tap into our team of lawyers and experts for guidance on how to donate seemingly illiquid assets like private company stock, restricted stock, real estate and more.
With a Giving Account, book keeping has never been easier. You can view your Giving Account history and statements online at any time. You can even keep track of donations you've made outside Fidelity Charitable, so all your giving is organized in one place.
Plus, our mobile capability makes sure you're always connected to the causes you care about. It even lets you recommend grants to charities on the go. It's all part of our approach to simple, more effective giving.
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Establishing your Giving Account is easy and only takes 5 minutes.
All you need is your Social Security number and, when you're ready, a $5,000 minimum donation.
Or call us at 1-800-262-6039