Not a great day for fundraisers – this case proves a few tough points for nonprofits that we should all be aware of:
- Never trust a jury to come up with a rational decision – How did the hospital let this go to a trial without settling?
- Courts will always favor a donor and the donor’s intent over the substance of an alleged agreement (or lack thereof).
- Get it all in writing – written donor agreements detailing the expectations of all parties is essential for naming opportunities.
- Be extra careful when dealing with celebrities!