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Not something you generally want to do, but sometimes may need to be
If you decide to pay them, then they will need to take the payment into income and they will need to report it.
You should also request the return of any receipts or acknowledgements.
If the item was a gift and kind and the donor is requesting it back, you could also try selling it back to the donor.
Sometimes you can negotiate with them to only return a portion since gifts are irrevocable and a donor in fact has no legal claim over a gift once it has been given.
You also have to be wary when negotiating with donors that may actually be giving more than they are capable of, and when in doubt, try to work closely with their legal or financial representative to determine their financial circumstances and ability in advance.