Spartanburg-based Milliken & Co. announces $325k gift for United Way of the Piedmont


Spartanburg-based Milliken & Co. announced Monday it will gift $325,000 to the United Way of the Piedmont.

The company said the funds were raised during its annual campaign Milliken Gives, which encourages its associates to make donations that are matched by the Milliken Foundation.

“We believe our success in business and the success of our communities are inseparable, so to see Milliken Gives embraced by our associates is a heartening affirmation,” said J. Harold Chandler, CEO, president, and chairman of Milliken & Co., in a statement. “At Milliken, the desire to make a difference permeates every facet of our company—from thoughtful innovations to sustainable manufacturing to supporting our local communities. I am humbled by the meaningful generosity of our associates as we strive to impact the future for generations to come.”

Milliken & Co. said the campaign was launched in the spring to “create a legacy of support and engagement within the various communities the Milliken family of companies calls home.”

The company said the program has three prongs: enabling each manufacturing facility to support a chosen nonprofit with a gift from the Milliken Foundation, establishing a Volunteer Participation System to encourage community service, and establishing a corporate headquarters giving campaign.

In 2016, Milliken & Co. raised more than $500,000 during its 2016 Community Impact Campaign benefitting the United Way of the Piedmont, Northside Development Group of Spartanburg, Partners for Active Living, and the Spartanburg Academic Movement.

“To have a dedicated partner like Milliken makes a huge impact in our ability to uphold our mission,” said Paige Stephenson, president of the United Way of the Piedmont, in a statement. “We work every day to connect, engage, and inspire people to transform our community, and over the years, Milliken’s ongoing financial and volunteer support has enabled great strides towards providing opportunity for all in our community.”

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