Four organizations received a total of $2 million April 15 thanks to the generosity of a local philanthropist.

Checks of $500,000 each were presented to Belfast Area Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, University of Maine Hutchinson Center and United Mid-Coast Charities by Attorney Lee Woodward on behalf of Marilyn Duane, who died in October 2014.

Duane, a Bangor native, wanted as much of her estate as possible to benefit the community, Woodward said at a lunch meeting of the Belfast Area Rotary Club during which the checks were presented. In addition to the money given to the four organizations, Duane also bequeathed her doll collection to Waldo County General Hospital Aid and money to various animal shelters, he said.

Stacy Huff, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, said his organization would look for opportunities to benefit scouts in Waldo County using the money bequeathed by Duane.

“This gift means a lot,” Huff said during the presentation.

UMCC First Vice President Carol Robbins said the Duane bequest would support the more than 50 organizations the charity supports in Knox and Waldo counties.

The money that Duane gave to the University of Maine Hutchinson Center will be used to establish three new funds. Those funds include the Marilyn Duane Scholarship Fund, the Marilyn and James T. Duane Community Outreach Fund and the James C. Patterson Scholarship Fund, University of Maine President Susan Hunter said.

“The University [of Maine] is very pleased to be among the beneficiaries,” Hunter said.

Woodward said the money given to Belfast Area Rotary Club, of which he is a member, would be used to award $50,000 in scholarships during the next 10 years. At the end of the 10-year period, Woodward said the club will have awarded nearly $1 million total in scholarships.

He said each of the organizations will receive additional money from Duane’s estate in the future.