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Heinisch estate donates to Opportunity House Endowment Fund

Bob Shipman (right), executive director of Opportunity House, is presented with a $25,000 check from the Linda Heinisch estate to the Opportunity House Endowment Fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Presenting the check is Ray Heinisch, Linda’s husband.
Bob Shipman (right), executive director of Opportunity House, is presented with a $25,000 check from the Linda Heinisch estate to the Opportunity House Endowment Fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Presenting the check is Ray Heinisch, Linda’s husband.

While the reasons people give gifts to charitable organizations varies, the theme is the same: They want to leave the world a better place and have an impact far beyond their lifetime. Linda Heinisch was one of those people.

Heinisch, who died in April, left a $25,000 gift to the Opportunity House Endowment Fund as part of her estate.

“Linda had a passion for helping others and making the community a better place for everyone,” her husband, Ray Heinisch, said in a news release. “She was involved with a number of nonprofit organizations and causes but had a special appreciation for the mission of Opportunity House because her sister, Ann, benefited so much from their programs.”

The gift to the Opportunity House Endowment Fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation will support programs that help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead full and abundant lives in the community.

“Linda’s gift will help underwrite programs that are so vitally important to the growth and development of the individuals we serve,” Bob Shipman, Opportunity House executive director, said in the release.

“Her gift leaves a legacy of making the world a better place for everyone, including people with developmental disabilities.”

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