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February 15, 2010; The Columbus Dispatch | I would venture to say that many of us nonprofit types have recurring dreams of the odd donor who realizes our organization’s true worth and decides to send many millions our way. This happened recently when the Marion Community Foundation in Ohio received a $16 million dollar bequest virtually out of the blue from Dorothy Wopat. The gift doubled the foundation’s assets and came at a time, of course, when the needs of local residents were intensifying greatly. The donor had previously given $200,000 with her husband, Robert Wobat, a retired GTE executive who died in 2008. When Dorothy followed in 2009, she left her entire estate to the charity. “They gave us everything they had,” said the foundation president, “It’s just mind-boggling.”—Ruth McCambridge

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