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May we sell donated shoes, size 18?

Our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization received a donation of new shoes from a warehouse that we did not solicit. They sent us mostly size 18s, and there was no paperwork stating the purpose or limits of the donation. Since they did not say whether they may or should be sold in our thrift store, is it legal for us to sell them and put the profits back into our organization?

If the donor did not specify the use of the gift, it sounds like an “unrestricted” gift, so that you can do whatever you want with them.  You could sell them at the thrift store or elsewhere, give them free to large people, or throw them away.  If you do sell them, the “profits” will have to stay within the organization, but you could use the money for any purpose the organization is allowed to undertake.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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