Magnolia Foundation Council Receives Smart Corporate Giving Award

Magnolia Foundation Council Receives Smart Corporate Giving Award

Employees at our site in Magnolia, Arkansas were recently recognized for their efforts to Grow the Good in their community.

In March, the site's Foundation Council (a team of onsite employees charged with awarding grant funds to local 501(c)(3) organizations) received a Smart Corporate Giving Award. The award was given by the Arkansas Community Foundation and Arkansas Business Publishing Group to companies who demonstrate outstanding corporate citizenship through charitable contributions, community leadership and employee volunteerism.

Albemarle was nominated by Ellie Baker, Executive Director of Magnolia Economic Development Council. The panel of judges considered not only charitable donations given by employees, philanthropic giving and grant requests through Albemarle Foundation, but also how the corporation supports the local community through sponsorship and volunteerism efforts.

In 2019, the Foundation gave over $250,000 to the Magnolia community for a variety of projects including a park on the town square and Southern Arkansas University's engineering program. Employees volunteerism includes a youth program called “Play It Safe" to teach outdoor safety, internet safety, fire response, and prom and graduation night safety reminders.

Kimberly Jones, chair of the Foundation Council in Magnolia accepted the award. Foundation Director Sandra Holub was in attendance, joined by employees Steve Card, Brinkley Jackson, Norrissa Sharp, Jelyn Wynn, Reggie Curry, and Jake Miller (pictured above).

Click here to learn more about the great work of employees in Magnolia and to see video from the awards banquet.