Can't Access a Folder Until I "Authenticate"

I’m having trouble managing folders.
I have a folder that I moved to my desktop. Now when I try to drag any file to that folder I’m told the folder “Can not be modified” and I have to “authenticate.” When I click there I have to type user name and password.
I assume there is some way to change this set up.
Any advice?

Hi James!
"I have a folder that I moved to my desktop."
Where did you move the folder from, and what type of folder is it?
Is it a System folder, or one that you created?
When you do a Get Info (Command + I keys), how are the Ownership & Permissions set?
ali b

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