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A better way
to give

Whether you're investing for the future or giving to causes close to your heart, Betterment helps you put your money to good work.

How it works

Growing and giving with Betterment

  • Invest and grow your money for a year.

    Giving shares held for more than a year has the greatest tax benefit. Invest to meet your goals, and over time we'll help you build a balance you can donate.

  • Choose from our partner charities.

    We've partnered with highly rated charities covering a wide variety of causes. Take a look and select the cause closest to your heart.

  • Donate through our secure platform.

    By donating through a Betterment account, you make sure the charity keeps 100% of your gift. And you could save more on taxes than with a cash donation.

Having 100% of donor contributions go directly to our organization means we can serve more families who need and deserve our help.

John Folsom, President

Wounded Warriors Family Support


Our charities

We've partnered with these charities and linked them onto our platform. Your donations go directly to them quickly, easily, and free of charge.

  • Against Malaria Foundation (AMF)

    AMF helps protect people from malaria. They fund anti-malaria nets—the most effective way of preventing one of the world's largest killers of children under 5 and pregnant women.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC

    Every year, BBBS of NYC connects more than 5,000 kids from single-parent families with a "Big" who can help them believe that their present situation doesn't have to be their future.

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America

    By providing a safe place for kids and teens during critical out-of-school time, Boys & Girls Clubs of America seeks to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation

    BCRF seeks out the brightest minds in science and medicine across the globe, and gives them the funds and the freedom to pursue their best ideas. As a result, researchers are able to make discoveries and design new approaches to address all aspects of breast cancer—and do so in record time.

  • DonorsChoose.org

    DonorsChoose.org helps classrooms in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.

  • Feeding America

    Through a nationwide network of food banks, Feeding America provides food and services to millions of Americans each year 98% of all donations raised go directly into programs serving people in need.

  • GiveWell

    Make your donation go further by relying on GiveWell's research-based, intensely-vetted charity recommendations. GiveWell identifies and accepts donations for the support of outstanding charities that are evidence-backed, cost-effective, and underfunded.

  • Hour Children

    Hour Children helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and, build healthy, independent, and secure lives.

  • Save the Children

    Save the children focuses on giving children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.


    UNICEF USA helps save and protect the world's most vulnerable children. Rated one of the best charities to donate to, 88.4% of every dollar spent goes directly to help children.

  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

    WWF is the world's leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for over half a century to create a future in which people live in harmony with nature.

  • Wounded Warriors Family Support

    Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.

Maximize your impact and your benefits.

You save more on taxes.

When you give shares, we make sure to choose the ones with the highest long-term capital gains. This helps you reduce your portfolio's tax liability.

Charities keep every dime.

By donating shares from a Betterment account, you help charities avoid processing fees so they can keep 100% of your gift.

Easy access to your donation receipts.

Tax receipts for your donation are always available through your Betterment account, and charities don't have to fill them out and send them to you.

Security is our priority.

By donating directly through our platform, you won't have to enter additional financial information on third-party sites.

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About Betterment

We serve one purpose: to help everyone make the most of their money.

Whether we're helping customers reach their financial goals, or charities find the support that they need, our goal remains the same: to help others make the most of their money, so they can live better.

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