FreeWill makes it easy for you to care for the people and causes you love.

FreeWill is an award-winning social venture founded by graduate students at Stanford University in 2016, with the help and support of many of the world’s leading experts in law, design, and philanthropy.

We are making estate planning warm, accessible, and totally free – so that you can more easily care for the people and causes you love.

We are passionate about helping you change the world, which is why charitable giving is especially easy on FreeWill. To date, people have used FreeWill to commit more than $253M to nonprofit organizations. (Click here if you’re a nonprofit organization interested in partnering with FreeWill.)


Jenny and patrick

Patrick Schmitt and Jenny Xia met as graduate students at Stanford University, both determined to make an outsized impact on the world. They serve as Co-CEOs of FreeWill, supporting a team of eleven amazingly talented staff.

Jenny is a veteran of McKinsey and Bain Capital, where she helped to launch the firm’s first impact investment fund. She is the cofounder of Paribus (acquired by Capital One). She graduated from Harvard University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar finalist and finished at the top of her class.

Patrick is a leading innovator in nonprofit fundraising and technology for social impact. He is the founder of two nonprofit organizations and served as the Head of Innovation at, where he helped grow that organization to 100 million users in just four years.


Ian Samuel

Indiana Law School Faculty
Former U.S. Supreme Court Clerk

Sarah Stein Greenberg

Executive Director of Stanford University’s (design school)

Roger Ross

CEO & Founder of Commonwealth Licensing Services
Former Partner at McDermott Will & Emery

Melissa Flores

Deputy General Counsel at ActBlue

Ben Osborne

CEO & Founder of DocketFish
Former Attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Alex Leishman

Software Engineer, Airbnb