Planned Giving

Planned giving through Gates Philanthropy Partners is an easy, effective way to establish a charitable legacy. A gift to GPP through your will allows you to accelerate progress on critical issues in global health, development, and U.S. education, while maximizing the tax benefits to your estate.

To learn more about making a major gift or bequest, contact us at
(206) 726-7277

Guidelines for Bequests

Gates Philanthropy Partners (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 guidelines below.

  • Currently, GPP only accepts unrestricted contributions of cash.
  • Contributions can be made via check, cash, money orders, or wire transfer and may be tax deductible in the U.S.
  • GPP is unable to accept gifts of securities, real estate, personal property, or intellectual property directly.
  • Contributions to GPP cannot be earmarked for specific purposes or include conditions or contingencies, and we are unable to provide attribution for individual contributions.

Advance notice of an individual’s intention to make a gift to GPP at their death 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.

Following our general guidelines, contributions do not entitle the heirs, beneficiaries, or estates of donors to participate in Gates Philanthropy Partners decision-making or give the heirs, beneficiaries, or estates special access to Gates Philanthropy Partners or the foundation’s leaders or staff.

A contribution that does not meet the guidelines described above will be returned to the distributing estate or trust (or to the custodian of any non-probate asset); Gates Philanthropy Partners may also choose to decline a contribution for any other reason.

Gates Philanthropy Partners and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation do not ask people to send money to either organization. If you receive a solicitation purporting to be from Gates Philanthropy Partners, please alert us immediately. We appreciate your help in bringing suspect communications to our attention.