Ways to Use

Team Up & Work Together

Sometimes the most effective way to drive change is to work together with people you know who share your beliefs. Whether your passion is clean water, education or the local church, your Giving Fund makes it easy for you to pool resources and make a bigger difference.

Support a Cause

Join forces over a cause and get things done faster. When you open a Giving Fund, you can add multiple people as donors. Donors can easily make contributions to your Giving Fund. It’s an effective way to bring people you know together to build momentum for a cause that you’re rallying behind.

Create a Giving Circle

Meet regularly with your friends, colleagues and like-minded people to discuss causes that are important to you. Every month, you can focus on a different cause and support a new charity. For example, you can use your Giving Fund to raise money in response to a crisis in current events or a greater cause that bonds you. It’s a smart way to build a tradition and culture of giving back.


The first step in setting up your Giving Circle is thinking through the roles. Questions to ask are: Who will serve as the primary donor? Who will have grant recommendation privileges? Who might only contribute to your Giving Fund?

The first step in setting up your Giving Circle is thinking through the roles. Questions to ask are: Who will serve as the primary donor? Who will have grant recommendation privileges? (Up to 6 people including the primary donor.) Who might simply contribute to the Giving Fund?

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

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