Chimp Sanctuary

Leave a Legacy


Join the Primate Family Legacy Circle

Pledge to leave a legacy
to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest beyond your time on earth.


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The last gift that you give can be your most significant and will continue the care of the primate family at the sanctuary beyond your lifetime. It's a precious and touching gift that will be treasured.

In 2014, for example, the sanctuary received a donation from the estate of Marcia Douthwaite, who had been a dedicated supporter of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in addition to other animal charities. Marcia's gift allowed us to build our reserve funds, helping to ensure the long-term support and protection of the seven chimpanzees she cared so deeply about. Prior to her death, J.B. and Diana met with her and she gave us a collection of her primate books, establishing the Marcia Douthwaite lending library that we have for staff and volunteers. Marcia was a generous and caring person during her lifetime and her lasting legacy will always be a part of the sanctuary.

Contact Diana with any questions and to let us know that you've included Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest as part of your estate planning, making you too a member of the Primate Family Legacy Circle., 509-699-0728.


You can also choose to fill out the pledge form at the end of this page.


Your Estate Plan:

You can ensure the care of the primates at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest and the continuation of the sanctuary by leaving a gift or bequest in your will or trust. Depending on your personal estate plan, this may be  as simple as including brief language in your will, such as:

“I give to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, a nonprofit corporation of the State of Washington, located at

PO Box 952 / 25351 Hwy 10, Cle Elum, WA 98922, EIN 68-0552915 (choose one or more) The sum of $_________________ and/or _____ shares of stock in ___________________ company or _____% of my estate."*


IRA and 401(k) Giving:

There are benefits to naming Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest as a beneficiary or changing the beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) or 403(b) to the sanctuary. Please see this page from Fidelity Charitable Trust for reference information*.

It is as easy as completing a form (called the beneficiary designation form), and money will be distributed very quickly after death. 

Because Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest is a 501c3, the sanctuary would receive 100% of the donation, whereas leaving it to individuals could subject the money to income tax.

*No Legal Or Tax Advice Intended:  Please note that these materials are for informational purposes only.  The information provided here is not intended, and should not be taken, as legal or tax advice. We suggest discussing this information with your attorney and/or tax advisors regarding your particular circumstances.