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My association donated a 15000 dollar plaque to a university. A donor Deed certificate was never issued. I'm asking the university to provide a donor deed certificate with stipulations the plaque can not be sold or loaned to any other entity. The university is dragging their feet. I say ownership was never transferred without the certificate. Am I correct?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because education law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Texas

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

A request by me as General Secretary of the Association to draft the certificate was made. A meeting is scheduled 2/20 but this should have been a slam dunk and I fear they are going to refuse and declare they own it without the certificate

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I am sorry, but no. Allow me to explain why:

1) There is no such thing as a donor deed certificate. Or rather, this is something voluntary. The giftee (one who receives the gift) does not have to provide such a certificate unless there is a written contract between gifter and giftee stating that the giftee must. And, I assume no contract exists stating so.

2) Second, unless the contract (or donor gift certificate, if issued) specifically restricted the gift, then the giftee has FULL OWNERSHIP of the gift and can do whatever they want with it.

As such, the university does not have to provide such a certificate. And they are free to do what they want with the gift unless a written stipulation that they signed states otherwise.

I am sorry.

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