Giving Fund Investment Approaches

When you contribute to your Giving Fund, your contributions are invested and have the potential to grow, so you can give more to the charities you love. We offer a wide range of options across three investment approaches to select from. Recommend a single solution or mix-and-match.



All our investment options come from TIAA, which is ranked among the best in the nation for investment performance, ethics and social responsibility. Lipper has awarded TIAA “Best Mixed Assets Large Fund Company”1 for four consecutive years–a first for any fund company.

Nuveen is the investment manager of TIAA.



Lipper is a global leader in supplying mutual fund information, analytical tools and commentary. Their Best Mixed Assets Large Fund Company award recognizes:

    Funds that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance, relative to peers
    A consistent investment approach
    Investment expertise across multiple asset classes

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1The Lipper Mixed-Assets Large Fund Award is given to the group with the lowest average decile ranking of three years’ Consistent Return for eligible funds over the three-year period. Note this award pertains to mixed-assets mutual funds within the TIAA-CREF group of mutual funds; other funds distributed by Nuveen Securities were not included. From Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards, © 2019 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. Used by permission and protected by the Copyright Laws of the United States. The printing, copying, redistribution, or retransmission of this Content without express written permission is prohibited. Certain funds have fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. Past performance does not guarantee future results. For current performance, rankings and prospectuses, please visit the Research and Performance section on The investment advisory services, strategies and expertise of TIAA Investments, a division of Nuveen, are provided by Teachers Advisors, LLC and TIAA-CREF Investment Management, LLC. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., and Nuveen Securities, LLC, Members FINRA and SIPC, distribute securities products.

Contributions to the Giving Fund are irrevocable. All recommendations from donors are subject to review and approval by TIAA Charitable.

TIAA Charitable does not provide tax advice. Taxpayers should seek advice based on their own particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

TIAA Charitable is the brand name for an independent public charity that maintains a donor-advised fund program. The TIAA name is a registered mark of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America and is used by TIAA Charitable pursuant to a license.

TIAA Charitable, Inc. has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt public charity under Sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).