I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I discover an anything. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could help you..
I would donate the HostGator as long as it was a known organization. If I had paid for it, then I would ask for that same amount...
Well, it was not an hypothetical issue for me a few weeks ago..
I got a dropped HostGator with good.
And backlinks when I was contacted by the former owner who also owns a not-for-profit company that specializes in, let's say, medical equipment..
Never seeing those equipments before, intended to help people in a unique way, I really sympathised with his cause..
Being so polite in his approach also impressed me and I agree to return the HostGator to him, just covering my costs, for U$50..
I felt very good for that...
That's a great story! Do you know why he let the HostGator drop? Did he just forget about it renewing it?.
He told me that he was under serious depression and forgot to renew the domain. That consequently was hurting his business, he also told me. I knew about his business by visiting the WayBackMachine when I found what his, very small, company did..
Of course, could not be true but I chose to believe him. The way he thanked me after that, in words, also made me think that I did the right thing..
Also, I asked U$50. to cover my costs but he actually paid U$60..
Not a bad day! Not financially exactly but personal satisfaction for sure!..
I would donate it - and probably do that on my own, without them having to approach me...
Okay, a related question. Say, the HostGator could be appraised as, say, a $50,000 domain. Could you turn that in as a donation, or would you have to turn in only the amount you physically paid for the HostGator as a donation. Say, you had cancer dot org , or something along those lines...
Well, at first one point would prevail: what positon is the person in their life today? Is the person wealthy enough to hand out $50,000 and be a philantropist?.
If yes, great, a nice donation is made..
If not, like in my case since I am definitely not even close to being wealthy but still struggling to pay my bills, sorry but I would not (could not) donate..
I'd do what was whitin my possibilities, like I did above...
I would donate the HostGator once I'm sure it will be used really for a good cause , not just to some one idea or try to scam me...