New Philanthropic Campaign Aligns Milliken’s Impact with Values

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 3:18:59 PM, by Mollie Williams

A company has the potential to make not only a positive economic impact on a community but also a positive social impact on areas of significant importance. A vibrant culture, the health and safety of community members, and the strive for high academic achievement are pillars of a well-rounded, thriving community.

At Milliken, ‘doing good’ goes beyond the sustainable innovations that we create. We want to make a concrete, direct impact in the lives of our community members. This is our goal with the 2016 Milliken & Company Community Impact Campaign, which will kick off on June 6 and run through June 30. 

The multifaceted giving program aligns the impact that our company and associates can make with our company’s values. It also broadens the reach of our philanthropic endeavors in Spartanburg, South Carolina—home to the Roger Milliken Center, our global headquarters. During the month of June, Milliken associates will raise funds for nonprofit organizations that also call Spartanburg home.

The 2016 Milliken & Company Community Impact Campaign will benefit four organizations – United Way of the Piedmont and three Strategic Community Impact Organizations with missions that align with core Milliken & Company values: vibrant culture, health and safety, and quality education.

To encourage and extend engagement, Milliken & Company associates will be able to designate which of the nonprofits their contributions benefit. The Milliken Foundation will then match associate donations to the Impact Organizations, dollar for dollar, up to a community match of $500,000. 

The three Strategic Community Impact Organizations that the 2016 Milliken & Company campaign will support are Northside Development Group, Partners for Active Living and Spartanburg Academic Movement.

Northside Development Group manages the redevelopment of the City of Spartanburg’s Northside community, expanding the economic, educational, recreational, health and social opportunities for its residents.

Partners for Active Living addresses the root causes of cardiovascular disease: physical inactivity and poor nutrition. Its work is focused on policies, programs and partnership for three core areas, including childhood obesity prevention, trails and parks, and walking and bicycling throughout Spartanburg. 

Spartanburg Academic Movement is a partnership across local education, government and community institutions with a goal to pursue high levels of educational achievement in Spartanburg.

Joe Salley, Milliken & Company president and CEO, commented on the purpose of the campaign: “We care deeply about the place, people and prosperity of Spartanburg. By supporting these nonprofit organizations, we’re expanding the direct impact that Milliken & Company has on our community and fostering a meaningful giving experience for our associates.”

Follow the campaign’s progress on social media using the hashtag #MillikenDoesGood.

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