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The recipient of a gift. An individual to whom a power of appointment is conveyed.

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n. a person or entity receiving an outright gift or donation.

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a person who receives a gift.
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DONEE. He to whom a gift is made, or a bequest given; one who is invested with a power to select an appointee, he is sometimes called an appointer.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In most instances, such groups would not be considered a qualified donee. (As an aside, the Public Television Station with which the Public Television Association of Quebec worked likely would have been a qualified donee when it was affiliated with the University of Vermont earlier in its history.
Ignoring the irony of that circumstance, it remains true that when registered charities fail to meet the direction and control obligations currently required by the courts (and the Canada Revenue Agency), they can be characterized as having made a gift to the intermediary that is not a qualified donee.
10-6.3 Exercise of a power of appointment; type of instrument A power of appointment can be exercised only by a written instrument which would be sufficient to dispose of the estate intended to be appointed if the donee were the actual owner.
(a) When the consent of the donor or of a third person to the exercise of a power of appointment is required, such consent shall be expressed in a written instrument, subscribed by the person whose consent is required; and to entitle the instrument of exercise to be recorded, the signatures of the donee and of the person consenting must be acknowledged or proved in the manner required by the laws of this state for the recording of a deed of real property.
The operating agreement for Good Harbor did provide for the free transferability of interests by the donee subject to the right of first refusal as set forth above.
Observation: One hopes that it was not the existence of the right of first refusal that was the issue hut rather the 30-day and 40- to 90-day response periods, and/or the LLC's right to pay with a long-term, 15-year note that underpinned the court's determination that no donee enjoyed a substantial present economic benefit.
Because it has been part of the tax rules since the beginning of the modern tax system in 1913, and because Congress did not offer explanations of its reasoning in this case (as was true of many of the basic tax rules), little is known definitively about the reasons for adoption of the background tax rules denying donors deductions for their gratuitous transfers, but also allowing exclusions for donees. Perhaps Congress was concerned that, because gifts would initially be made largely from stores of capital accumulated before passage of the Sixteenth Amendment, that any attempt to tax the receipt of gifts would be impermissible.
A qualified appraiser must not be the taxpayer, a party to the transaction in which the taxpayer acquired the property, the donee, an employee of any of the above, or any other person who might appear not to be totally independent.
After finding or assuming a confidential relationship, courts reviewing the facts in undue influence cases involving inter vivos transfers have focused on one or more of six recurring factors: 1) the donee's level of involvement in the donor's affairs; 2) the donee's level of involvement in the actual gift in question; 3) the relationship of the donee to the donor as compared to the natural objects of the donor's bounty; 4) the secrecy or openness of the transaction; 5) the effect of the transfer on the donor's pre-existing estate plan; and 6) the physical health and mental acuity of the donor at the time of the gift.
First, it provides a simple means of giving gifts to a number of donees of property that is not readily divisible.