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Expert charitable planning.
Delivered with ease.

80% of advisors today provide charitable planning for their clients¹—and for good reason: It helps your clients increase the impact of their charitable giving in a simple, tax-smart way. What’s more, integrating philanthropy into your practice can help deepen your client relationships.

We're here to help with everything from getting started to supporting complex giving strategies.

A simple solution for your charitable planning.

With a team of philanthropic experts and a comprehensive online platform, Schwab Charitable™ offers a powerful turnkey solution to serve even your most sophisticated clients:

  • A simple, tax-smart account for charitable giving
  • Dedicated Relationship Managers and Charitable Strategists supporting advisors and their clients
  • Seamless integration with your practice through

To learn more, download our information kit >

Your clients will benefit. And so will your firm.

Few things are more rewarding than helping your clients make a positive difference in the world and create a lasting legacy.

Our platform integrates easily with your practice.

Because the Schwab Charitable online platform is fully integrated with, it's simple to use and offers robust functionality.

  • Easily transfer assets from Schwab and non-Schwab accounts to Schwab Charitable.
  • Conveniently make grant recommendations on behalf of your clients.
  • Access reporting and annual summaries to provide insightful analysis to your clients.
  • Open accounts online with the ease and efficiency of our digital account open tool.

Account Open Instructions Schwab Advisor Center

Specialized services in support of family offices and large donors

Schwab Charitable has a long history of successfully supporting the philanthropy of ultra high net worth donors and their investment advisors. Among the specialized services we provide:

  • Direct access to a dedicated team of specialists via phone or email to ensure contributions, investment and grant recommendations are accommodated efficiently and effectively.
  • Acceptance of complex contributions, including restricted stock, privately held business interests, real estate, hedge fund and private equity interests, collectibles, and cryptocurrency.2

    Gain Charitable Giving Insights
  • Ability to recommend alternative investments for largest accounts.
  • Drafting and support of complex grant agreements and a range of options to support international granting.

    Learn more about international granting
  • Resources, including referrals to philanthropic advisors, to help donors to develop and execute a philanthropic strategy.

New tax law. New opportunities for charitable giving strategies.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has become law and is generating numerous questions about tax and charitable planning.

Kim Laughton, President of Schwab Charitable, and Hayden Adams, CPA, Director of Tax and Financial Planning at the Schwab Center for Financial Research, sat down to discuss their thoughts on the new tax environment. Read on and learn strategies that help donors give more efficiently.

Charitable Giving Strategies Under the New Tax Law

Hear from advisors like yourself.

More than 2,170 independent investment advisory firms work with Schwab Charitable to support their clients’ philanthropy. Listen to stories of how advisors help clients increase their impact with Schwab Charitable.

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Start the conversation with your clients.

Meaningful wealth management and planning discussions often begin with understanding a client’s needs and goals. For many, this includes philanthropy.

Conversation topic Sample approach to conversation
New client meeting

Is charitable giving important to you, and if so what are some of your charitable giving goals?

Appreciated assets in the portfolio

In reviewing your portfolio, I see you have appreciated securities that would result in capital gains if sold.

Do you currently give to charity? If so, we could help minimize your taxes by using these assets to help fund your charitable giving. Would that be of interest to you?

Tax planning

In reviewing your tax returns, I see you give to charity. Would you be interested in discussing tax efficient ways to give?

Major tax event

The potential sale of a non-cash asset such as real estate, a privately held business (C or S Corp.), restricted stock or private equity may cause a major tax event.

Have you considered donating a portion of these assets to charity? This could minimize capital gains taxes, while increasing the amount you could give.

Retirement planning

As you think about your retirement expenses, do you want to plan for any charitable giving? If so, would you like to discuss how you can fund your philanthropy now so that you can continue your giving levels into retirement?

Family giving

Have you considered using philanthropy to help educate your children about money and values?

Estate/legacy planning

As part of your estate, are you planning to leave assets to any charitable organizations?

In thinking about transitioning assets, have you considered engaging your family in your charitable giving now? If so, did you know that in many cases, leaving tax-deferred assets, such as IRA funds or annuities, to charity will relieve non-charitable beneficiaries of tax liability?

Helpful forms and next steps.

Review the Investment Policy Statement to get the facts about managing assets.

Once your client opens an account, you'll also need to fill out the Investment Advisory Agreement and/or the Agency Agreement.

You may open an account for your client(s) online using our digital account open tool or the New Account Application for Advisors form. See the digital account open instructions.

Note: Donors may access their forms here

If you are an investment advisor working with Charles Schwab Advisor Services™, a division of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., all Schwab Charitable forms and applications can be found on the Schwab Advisor Center website in the Forms & Applications section.

Learn more, ask questions, and download information kits.

Schwab Charitable is dedicated to helping you increase the impact of your clients' giving through strategic philanthropic advice. We're here to answer your questions, provide information kits, and support you in any way we can.