Although thousands of charities serve worthwhile causes, we believe we make the greatest impact by focusing most of our support on a handful of exceptional programs.
Our crew make substantial contributions every year to worthy causes through donations, community impact campaigns, and a charitable match program.
Our crew is dedicated to helping make the world a better place. Our philanthropy goes far beyond money, but we know that donations are the necessary foundation for any charity to build upon.
Every year across the globe, we hold a companywide campaign, Vanguard Gives Back, to raise substantial amounts for agencies that work tirelessly to help those in need. Our crew members take advantage of the campaign's many giving options, including directing money to hundreds of agencies and United Way Impact Funds that target specific needs in communities surrounding our three U.S. locations. Vanguard is among the leading corporate contributors every year in the Philadelphia area, where our global headquarters is located.
Our pledges and donations, 2006–2015
(in millions of dollars)
Realizing that hunger is a worldwide problem, we have responded by donating hundreds of tons of healthy food annually to a variety of nonprofit organizations that help to feed those in need in our communities.
During our annual two-week "All Cans on Deck" event in June, crew in all our locations collect food items for dozens of local charities to help the staggering number of people who don't get enough to eat each day. Our crew volunteers coordinate every aspect of the event, from planning and marketing to drop-off and sorting, packing, and final delivery to our partner agencies.
In addition to donating food, crew hold a variety of fun-filled activities—such as friendly sporting events and competitions, cook-offs, and raffles—to raise funds to buy even more items.
In 2015, our crew around the world tipped the scales with 440 metric tons of donated food.
As the end of the year approaches, crew purchase, wrap, and distribute clothing and toys in all our locations worldwide for those in need, including children and seniors who otherwise might not have holiday presents to open. In 2015, we donated more than 2,600 gifts. Our Arizona crew also partnered with Toys for Tots in donating gifts to military families.
"Our team got together to sponsor children during the holidays, and there was a sense of camaraderie and teamwork throughout the process. We sponsored three children and knew that our donations would help keep them warm and brighten their season."
Katheryn K., crew member since 2012
To help those who lack access to fresh produce, crew volunteers in Pennsylvania and Arizona have teamed with nonprofit organizations that focus on sustainable agriculture to create a community garden. In 2015, 1,660 pounds of produce—including carrots, cucumbers, onions, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini—were donated to local food banks by more than 100 volunteers.
Several times a year, Vanguard partners with the American Red Cross to host multiday blood drives. In 2015, crew donated some 3,000 pints, enough to sustain life for 9,000 people.
To support causes that our crew care about, we offer a matching gift program that allows crew to double their donations to hospitals and educational, cultural, and environmental institutions.