What is GPP?
Gates Philanthropy Partners (GPP) is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its purpose is to facilitate giving by individual donors to help promote progress in global health, development, and U.S. education. GPP provides a streamlined, transparent way to support grantees and programs that are improving the lives of the world's poorest—all while leveraging the Gates Foundation's resources, experience, and partnerships.

All donations to GPP support existing, trusted Gates Foundation grantees and are directed to projects where additional funding can be absorbed quickly and accelerate the work that's already being done. Projects will focus on core themes of the foundation's work, such as eliminating and eradicating diseases, cutting childhood deaths in half, accelerating progress for women and girls, and furthering innovations in U.S. education.

By directing additional resources to fill critical gaps in global health, development, and U.S. education, GPP seeks to accelerate progress on issues of inequity for all people around the world.


How do I make a donation?
Contributions to GPP can be made via check, cash, money order, or wire transfer.

Contributions can be sent to:

Gates Philanthropy Partners
Attn: Global Finance and Accounting Services
PO Box 23350
Seattle, WA 98102

For wire instructions, please contact us at info@gatesphilanthropypartners.org.

Currently, GPP does not provide an online giving option and cannot accept contributions by phone or credit card.


What types of contributions can GPP accept?
GPP can accept contributions made via check, cash, money order. Donations must be sent by mail, using the address above, as GPP does not currently provide an online giving option and cannot accept contributions by phone or credit card.

Please note that there are limitations in regard to the types of gifts GPP accepts:

  • GPP is unable to directly accept gifts of securities, real estate, personal property, or intellectual property
  • Contributions to GPP cannot be earmarked for specific purposes or include conditions or contingencies, and we are unable to provide attribution for individual contributions
  • GPP cannot accept contributions made by for-profit companies (with the exception of employee matching gifts) or government entities
  • GPP appreciates the generosity of those who wish to raise funds on behalf of it or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, however, we cannot accept these types of contributions

Contributions that do not meet the guidelines described above will be returned to the donor.


Can I make a gift to GPP in my will?
GPP can accept gifts made in a will, a revocable trust agreement, an irrevocable trust agreement, or any other manner of non-probate disposition if they meet the contribution guidelines described above.

Advance notice of an individual's intention to make a planned gift to GPP is not necessary. We do not keep records of such notices, nor do we give public recognition to any individual who gives Gates Philanthropy Partners notice of their intention to make a gift.

For questions related to making a contribution or planned gift to GPP, please contact: info@gatesphilanthropypartners.org.


Is my donation tax-deductible?
Donations to GPP are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.

GPP will acknowledge contributions by letter, which also serves as an acknowledgement of the contribution for tax purposes.


How can I give directly to grantees of the Gates Foundation instead of giving to GPP?
The Gates Foundation prefers that donors give directly to grantees, who are at the core of its mission and work. Donors can find information about the foundation's grantees on our Grants Database.


What is the relationship between GPP and the Gates Foundation?
Bill and Melinda Gates created GPP in response to the over $32 million in unsolicited donations received by the Gates Foundation since 2000. A 501(c)(3) public charity, GPP allows everyone to engage on issues of inequity by taking advantage of the deep knowledge of the Gates Foundation.

All of GPP's grant decisions are made in consultation with Gates Foundation leadership. This ensures that donors' gifts are aligned with the charitable purposes of the foundation and guided by foundation program strategies for greater collective impact. All donations support existing, trusted Gates Foundation grantees and are directed to projects where additional funding can be absorbed quickly and accelerate the work that's already being done.


What percentage of a donation goes to program activities?
99.60 percent of donations to GPP flows to existing, trusted grantees of the Gates Foundation to accelerate progress in global health, development, and U.S. education.

An administrative fee of 0.40 percent is applied to donations to GPP. The fee, which is in the mid-range of similar vehicles, pays for costs directly affiliated with GPP's operations.


How is my personal information protected?
GPP does not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to other individuals or organizations. GPP uses standard security measures to protect against misuse and alteration of the information under its control. All information is stored in a secure database.


Can I apply for funding from GPP?
GPP does not respond to requests for funding and does not accept grant proposals.