Is there a legal way to recover a large charitable donation if the charitable entity did not conduct themselves as promised?
Georgetown, TX |
+$17,000 donation made to our church with the expectations of core values to be maintained when we agreed to membership. These core values began to change dramatically and we decided to leave because they no longer were following them.
I agree with my colleague. In the future, I suggest that you use an attorney familiar with charitable gifts and nonprofit matters to help you plan any significant gift. Restricted and Designated Funds can provide some assurance that the gifts will be used for a particular purpose or NOT used for other purposes as the case may be. For example, donors can make contributions to a church designating how the contribution is to be spent. Such gifts can be for a church-approved building fund, missions fund, organ fund, etc. It is very important to note that restricted/designated contributions are held by the church “in trust” for the specific purpose outlined by the donor. In the event the church misapplied the funds, you might then more easily pursue the matter.
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