Milliken & Co. widens focus of annual corporate giving campaign

Philanthropy is woven into the fabric of Milliken & Co.’s culture.

The Spartanburg-based textile giant on Monday kicked off its annual corporate giving campaign but with a wider focus to empower its associates to effect greater change in the community.

“We care deeply about the place, people and prosperity of Spartanburg,” said Joe Salley, president and CEO of Milliken & Co

Milliken has added the Northside Development Group, Partners for Active Living (PAL) and Spartanburg Academic Movement as nonprofits that will receive financial support this year in addition to its longtime partner the United Way of the Piedmont.

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

The company said the three new “strategic community impact” organizations align with its core values, including a vibrant culture, health and safety and quality education.

Under the program, Milliken’s corporate employees will be able to designate which of the nonprofits will benefit from their contributions. The Milliken Foundation will match associate donations to the impact organizations up to a community match of $500,000.

The company said the strategic community impact organizations could change over time.

Northside Development Group is leading the redevelopment of the city’s Northside community to boost economic, educational, recreational, health and social opportunities for residents.

“The Milliken family and their associates have supported the Northside for a number of years, providing both financial support and labor that has helped energize this effort,” said Bill Barnet, former Spartanburg mayor and chairman and CEO of the Northside Development Group. “I’m honored they would choose us. There are many important initiatives in this community. Partners for Active Living and Spartanburg Academic Movement are equally as important and transformative. I believe the United Way is still a very important organization that is changing people’s lives.”

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