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Schwab Charitable

Structure your charitable giving with a simple, tax-smart investment solution of a donor-advised fund account. Offered by Schwab Charitable™, an independent 501(c)(3) organization, you can use a Schwab Charitable account to support the causes that mean the most to you today and to leave a legacy of giving.


What are the fees and account minimums?

  • Schwab Charitable account minimums: $0 for a core account; $250,000 for a professionally-managed account
  • For complete details, see Schwab Charitable's pricing and account minimums

What are the advantages of a Schwab Charitable account?

A Schwab Charitable donor-advised fund account offers a uniquely flexible way to manage your charitable giving. With this account, you can:

  • Realize same-year tax benefits if you itemize deductions
  • Potentially eliminate capital gains tax on the contribution of appreciated non-cash assets1 and investments
  • Invest account assets for potential tax-free growth, helping you have more to give to charities
  • Give when it is convenient and meets your charitable goals
  • Manage your giving online
  • Create a lasting charitable legacy

Related questions

Have questions about Schwab Charitable's donor-advised fund account? Here are responses to some of the most common questions we hear. If you have a question about your specific situation that is not answered here, please call Schwab Charitable at 800-746-6216 or visit the Schwab Charitable website.

You can complete a Schwab Charitable account application online. Call Schwab Charitable at 800-746-6216 for assistance. Once the account is established, fund it with an initial irrevocable, tax-deductible (if you itemize) contribution, recommend investments for the assets, and, recommend grants of $50 or more to any public charity.

Schwab Charitable Fund is a separate entity from The Charles Schwab Corporation and its affiliates. However, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. and its affiliates provide certain investment management, administrative, and recordkeeping services to Schwab Charitable.

If your charitable account balance is $250,000 or more, you may take advantage of a professionally managed account, which allows you to recommend an investment manager to actively manage the assets of the account and invest in a broad range of securities, including individual stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. For more details, see Investment Options or call Schwab Charitable at 800-746-6216.

You can contribute cash and publicly traded securities, including stocks, most mutual fund shares, and bonds. Schwab Charitable also accepts non-cash assets such as IPO stock, restricted stock, private business interests, real estate and private equity. By contributing non-cash assets to a charity, including a donor-advised fund, individuals generally do not pay capital gains tax on the sale of assets that have been held for more than one year. This can increase the amount available for charity by up to 20% compared to selling the assets and donating the proceeds. Cash contributions must be made in U.S. dollars and delivered by check or wire only. Contribution forms are available online. For complete details, see Contribution Options or call Schwab Charitable at 800-746-6216.

Grants can be made to any IRS-approved public charity. Approved organizations are U.S.-based organizations that qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are public charities as defined by Section 509(a) of the Code. You can research over one million IRS-approved public charities on schwabcharitable.org using the Explore Charities page. Note: All grant recommendations are subject to approval by Schwab Charitable.

Application Checklist

It's helpful to have the following information on hand before you begin:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your driver's license number
  • Your employer's name and address (if applicable)
  • Statement information for funds you may want to transfer