In 2017, Schwab donors recommended approximately 368,000 grants — a year-over-year increase of 35 percent — to 71,000 charities, representing an increase of 16.4 percent. Buoyed by a strong stock market and the likelihood of new tax legislation, the second half of the year saw a 91 percent jump in the number of new accounts created. Around three-fifths of the grants (230,000) and grant dollars ($900 million) awarded were recommended between July and December, including more than $20 million in grants for disaster relief in response to a record number of natural disasters. Schwab Charitable donors also responded to the changing political environment and the needs of America's most vulnerable citizens in 2017, with Feeding America, the American Red Cross, Planned Parenthood, the Salvation Army, and Doctors Without Borders figuring among the most widely supported charities.
According to Schwab, more than 70 percent of the contributions to its donor-advised fund accounts in 2017 were gifts of highly appreciated non-cash assets such as publicly traded securities and real estate.
"A combination of factors created a one-of-a-kind giving environment last year, and we're thrilled that our efficient, tax-smart solution helped donors maximize the impact of their generosity," said Schwab Charitable president Kim Laughton. "The changes to the tax code this year have made it even more important for donors and their financial advisors to plan giving over several years in order to fulfill their personal philanthropic mission and make the most of tax deductions at the same time."