International Paper Maysville Mill Supports Local Community With Grants, Employee Giving

$65,000 in IP Foundation Grants Awarded to Community Organizations and Record Employee Giving for United Way of Mason County in 2020
Jan 25, 2021 10:50 AM ET

MAYSVILLE, Ky., January 25, 2021 /3BL Media/ – International Paper’s Maysville, Ky. Mill has awarded $65,000 in IP Foundation Grants for the 2020 grant cycle. Thirteen deserving organizations in Maysville and surrounding areas received grants to support projects focused on IP’s signature causes – education, hunger, health and wellness and disaster relief.

The community organizations that received an IP Foundation Grant include:

  • Bracken County Athletic Department
  • CASA for Bracken, Fleming and Mason Counties
  • Cummins Nature Preserve
  • Kentucky Gateway Museum
  • Licking Valley College Development Corporation
  • Limestone Family YMCA
  • Simons Middle School
  • Sprinkles of Hope
  • St. Michael School
  • St. Patrick School
  • Tom Browning Boys and Girls Club
  • Wald Park
  • Women’s Crisis Center

“The organizations that the mill was able to support this year all work daily to positively impact the lives of people within our community,” said Doug Wadley, Maysville Mill Manager. “This year presented unforeseen challenges for us all, and the mill feels fortunate to be able to support the important work these organizations do each and every day to make our community a better place to live.”

Over the last five years, the Maysville Mill has invested a total of $197,000 in IP Foundation Grants to
various community organizations. Employees’ United Way pledges are enhancing the mill’s community support. The Maysville Mill recently wrapped up its annual United Way Giving Campaign raising more than $18,000 for United Way of Mason County and other local United Way Agencies.

That amount is nearly double what was raised in last year’s campaign. “We weren’t sure what would happen this year because of everything that’s happened with the pandemic,” said United Way of Mason County Executive Director Ellen Cartmell. “Seeing the way International Paper stepped up was really astounding. A gift like this, combined with the power of our existing donors, will make a lasting impact in this community.”

Every donation to United Way by an IP employee is met with a 60% company match, allowing each employee’s generosity to make an even larger impact in our community. Since 2013, the Maysville Mill has invested more than $106,000 in United Way of Mason County and other United Way Agencies. The funding goes toward United Way’s support of projects that improve quality of life in Mason County.

“I am incredibly proud of all of our team members who give so generously to United Way of Mason County and other local United Way agencies each year,” said Heather Smeltser, Maysville Mill Communication Coordinator. “At International Paper, we realize that it will take all of us working together to create positive change. United Way of Mason County allows our team members to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of community members in need.”

Cartmell says the amount raised this year firmly cements International Paper as the local United Way’s largest donor. “They have been our number one supporter for several years now. We literally couldn’t do it without them.”

About the International Paper Foundation

The International Paper Foundation is one of the ways International Paper strives to reach our vision to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where our employees live and work. Funding priority is given to programs related to our signature causes: education, hunger, health & wellness, disaster relief and
initiatives that improve our planet. For more information, visit

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2019 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit