Rollins Philanthropic Foundations
Rollins, the parent company of Orkin, runs one of the largest consumer services companies in the U.S., and its leadership is focused on giving back to the community through philanthropic endeavors. Read on to learn how O. Wayne and Gary Rollins helped support community programs.
O. Wayne Rollins Foundation
The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation historically supports U.S. colleges and universities with programs dedicated to science research and public health issues.
The foundation has a strong history with Emory University in Atlanta. A $10 million donation in the early 1990s funded the Grace Crum Rollins building, which houses the Rollins School of Public Health. The foundation donated an undisclosed amount of money in 1998 to help establish the Orville Wayne and Grace Crum Rollins Endowment Fund. In 2007, the foundation donated $50 million for the construction of the Claudia Nance Rollins building, a public health complex that opened in 2010. Also in 2010, the foundation awarded $2 million to Emory University’s School of Medicine to establish the R. Randall Rollins chair in Oncology for science research.
In 2004, the foundation donated $1.5 million to Indiana-based Purdue University’s Department of Entomology to fund the O. Wayne Rollins/Orkin Endowed Chair in Urban Entomology for science research.
Gary W. Rollins Foundation
The Gary W. Rollins Foundation supports children’s health and education programs, especially in Atlanta, the location of Rollins’ headquarters. Organizations that the foundation supports in Atlanta include Zoo Atlanta, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the Trinity School.