Making a bequest through a will enables you to designate a contribution while retaining full control of your assets throughout your life. You can bequeath a specific amount of money, a percentage of your estate, or specific property. Your charitable gift also may reduce taxes due on your estate. The wording of a bequest provision will vary depending on the type of gift—see examples below.

Specific bequest

“I give to PATH or its successor organization [specify property or dollar amount].”

Residuary bequest

“I give to PATH or its successor organization [all or a percentage] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate.”

Contingent bequest

“If [primary beneficiary] does not survive me, then I give [cash, specific property, or percentage of residue] to PATH or its successor organization.”

We encourage you to talk with your legal and tax advisors about the type of bequest that might work best for you. If you’re considering a gift restricted to a particular health need or region, please consult with PATH as well, so that we can make sure your wishes are honored.

If you have already established a future gift to PATH, please let us know so that we can thank you—or use this confidential reply form to tell us about your gift.

To learn more about how you can make a lasting contribution to improving global health, please contact David C. Wu, chief development officer, at or 206.302.6073.