The Community Foundation of the Central Savannah River Area announced the donation of $500,000 to form a fund intended to financially assist local nonprofits from Advanced Services Pest Control.
The local nonprofits that will receive donations are those most closely embraced by Jeff Annis, who founded Advanced Services Pest Control, and his wife, Beth.
Annis founded the Augusta, Ga.-based company in 1974 and grew the business while cultivating an employee culture of civic involvement. Services of the company include pest and mosquito control, termite colony elimination, wildlife control and more.
According to Yahoo! News, Annis credits the team with repeatedly “inventing fundraisers and inventing ways to help charities.”
The foundation gift will be giving to organizations that fight against heart disease and leukemia, assist medical patients and their families, and each out to area children in need.
“It can include literacy. It can include things that help people have more availability to food. It’s got to do with everything,” Annis told Yahoo! News. “It’s got to do with the community being healthy. Healthy communities thrive.”
Community foundations are philanthropic groups that pool separate donations to best financially leverage funds toward a higher, more consistent level of charitable giving.
Annis’ contribution forms a donor-advised fund, which allows him to direct where and how money is spent, with guidance from the Community Foundation of the Central Savannah River Area.
“Our mission is to engage individuals who have a philanthropic spirit and help them figure out how to do that,” Libby Fennell, the foundation’s director of development and donor services, told Yahoo! News.