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Donald Sterling Charities Split Do We Keep the Loot or Not?

4/30/2014 1:00 AM PDT

Donald Sterling Charities Split -- Do We Keep the Loot or Not?


Here's the moral dilemma ... you're a charity and a really bad guy -- aka Donald Sterling --- has given you a TON of money ... Do you now give it back?

We canvassed some of the recipients of Sterling's generosity ... and some feel it's dirty money ... while others say a buck's a buck.

--  A Place Called Home -- a program for high-risk teens -- got a $100,000 donation from Sterling, doled out in $10K yearly installments.  The charity has received $30K, which it will NOT return, but it is REJECTING the $70K balance.

-- Temple of the Arts -- It's keeping Sterling's $10K donation.

-- L.A. Union Rescue Mission -- It's been receiving $10K a year.  They're keeping the cash, telling TMZ, "We take money from all kinds of bad people all the time."

-- Goodwill of So. Cal. -- It got a $100,000 donation from Sterling, doled out over 10 years.  It has received $20K so far and it's giving all the money back and not accepting the balance.

-- American Diabetes Ass'n -- Sterling donated $25K.  It's keeping the loot, telling us, "The sad reality is that without donations like Mr. Sterling's, we can't help the people that we do."

As we previously reported ... Sterling pledged $3 MIL to UCLA for kidney research with $425K up front.  The school is returning the $425K and refusing to accept the rest.

And L.A.'s Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance is keeping the $30K it already received, telling us they already spent the money. Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!


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