Oregon Statutes - Chapter 128 - Trusts; Charitable Activities - Section 128.328 - Release or modification of restrictions on management, investment or purpose.

(1) If the donor consents in a record, an institution may release or modify, in whole or in part, a restriction contained in a gift instrument on the management, investment or purpose of an institutional fund. A release or modification may not allow a fund to be used for a purpose other than a charitable purpose of the institution.

(2) The court, upon application of an institution, may modify a restriction contained in a gift instrument regarding the management or investment of an institutional fund if the restriction has become impracticable or wasteful, the restriction impairs the management or investment of the fund or, because of circumstances not anticipated by the donor, a modification of a restriction will further the purposes of the fund. The institution shall notify the Attorney General of the application, and the Attorney General must be given an opportunity to be heard. To the extent practicable, any modification must be made in accordance with the donorís probable intention.

(3) If a particular charitable purpose or a restriction contained in a gift instrument on the use of an institutional fund becomes unlawful, impracticable, impossible to achieve or wasteful, the court, upon application of an institution, may modify the purpose of the fund or the restriction on the use of the fund in a manner consistent with the charitable purposes expressed in the gift instrument. The institution shall notify the Attorney General of the application, and the Attorney General must be given an opportunity to be heard.

(4) If an institution determines that a restriction contained in a gift instrument on the management, investment or purpose of an institutional fund is unlawful, impracticable, impossible to achieve or wasteful, the institution, within 60 days after notification to the Attorney General, may release or modify the restriction, in whole or part, if:

(a) The institutional fund subject to the restriction has a total value of less than $25,000;

(b) More than 20 years have elapsed since the fund was established; and

(c) The institution uses the property in a manner consistent with the charitable purposes expressed in the gift instrument.

(5) The provisions of this section apply to property and other interests given by private donors as a gift to a public body, as defined by ORS 174.109, or to any instrumentality of a public body. This subsection does not limit any other authority that a public body or an instrumentality of a public body may have to release or modify a restriction contained in a gift instrument on the management, investment or purpose of funds. [2007 c.554 §5]

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