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November 6, 2012 | News

$100 Millionth Grant to Rollins College Celebrated

Just shy of its 40th anniversary, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has awarded $100 million in grant money. “We are honored to carry on the trust imparted to us by our founder,” says Foundation President David Odahowski. “The Foundation’s spirit of accountability goes beyond just writing a check, to leveraging all possible resources to create positive change in the community, now and for generations to come.” The Foundation’s goal is to create innovative civic solutions that help people help themselves. Past grant recipients reflect the diversity of our community – from human service organizations, educational efforts, community health care initiatives and the arts.            

Pushing the Foundation over the $100 million mark is a grant made to the Archibald Granville Bush Science Center at Rollins College. The $1 million donation was instrumental in helping achieve a fundraising goal of $2.5 million, a contingency of the Charles Rice family’s lead gift of $5 million. The redesign and expansion of the Archibald Granville Bush Science Center will reinforce the centrality of math and the sciences to a Rollins liberal arts education. Construction is underway, with completion expected in August 2013.  “We’re thrilled to be a part of this significant milestone for the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation,” says Rollins College President Lewis Duncan. “The Foundation has enriched countless lives in our community. Its impact can be felt across Central Florida and beyond.”

Marking the occasion of this $1 million donation, Rollins College hosted a ‘Celebration of the Sciences’ on the lawn in front of the Science Center. Members of the community, honored guests, Foundation Board Members, Rollins Faculty and Students as well as future Rollins students - Elementary School Students from Fern Creek Elementary School - were in attendance.

This gift is the latest in a continuing strong partnership between Rollins College and the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. This includes the Foundation’s founding and sustaining support for the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center for the past 18 years. Additionally, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has given to Rollins to support a multitude of needs, such as renovations of the Annie Russell Theatre, construction of the Bush Executive Center and purchase of graduate housing for the Crummer Graduate School of Business, and even equipment for WPRK.