Spartanburg-based Milliken & Co. associates raised more than $500,000 during the innovation company’s 2016 Community Impact Campaign that launched June 6.
Company spokeswoman Courtney Edwards said it was the largest amount ever collected during the annual campaign, which began in 2006, and associate contributions increased 9 percent compared with 2015.
The funds will benefit four local charities, including United Way of the Piedmont, Northside Development Group, Partners for Active Living and the Spartanburg Academic Movement.
“When you empower people to ‘do good’ in ways that are personally meaningful, you’ll see a collective response for the greater good,” said Joe Salley, president and CEO of Milliken & Co., in a statement. “We work to inspire that profound sense of purpose every day throughout company and community initiatives. We’re honored to be able to support Spartanburg citizens through significant charitable giving.”
In the past, the campaign has only supported the company’s longtime partner, United Way of the Piedmont. Milliken & Co. decided this year to increase the number of recipients to enable its associates to have a broader impact on the community.
Associates were able to designate donations to the nonprofits of their choice.
Edwards said associates gave more than $250,000, and the Milliken Foundation matched associate donations to all four organizations.
The company said the charities were selected to align Milliken’s philanthropic initiatives with its core values of vibrant culture, health and quality education.
Edwards declined to comment on the specific amounts that will be gifted to each charity.
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