Garth Brooks Beats Hospital for Return of $500,000 Gift and $500,000 Punitive Damages

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-57365621-10391698/garth-brooks-awarded-$1-million-in-hospital-lawsuit/

Not a great day for fundraisers – this case proves a few tough points for nonprofits that we should all be aware of:

  1. Never trust a jury to come up with a rational decision – How did the hospital let this go to a trial without settling?
  2. Courts will always favor a donor and the donor’s intent over the substance of an alleged agreement (or lack thereof).
  3. Get it all in writing – written donor agreements detailing the expectations of all parties is essential for naming opportunities.
  4. Be extra careful when dealing with celebrities!

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