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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Based on limited facts, probably not. A better answer can be obtained by consulting with an attorney who can discuss case with you and review any documents relating to the gift.