Today, National Nonprofit Day, recognizes the efforts nonprofits and charities put into making an impact in their communities. In 2019, Natalie, CEO and creative director of Alabama Chanin, continued her commitment to textiles and community by founding Project Threadways. Learn more about the organization below and ways to support them here.  

Project Threadways is a nonprofit that records, studies, and explores the history of textiles. Through their work, they seek to understand and document the impact that textiles and their creation had on our local community, the region of the American south, the nation, and finally at the global level—connecting the people, places, and materials throughout the process.   

Founded as a 501(c)(3), Project Threadways utilizes the experience of our company and Natalie’s vision through academic partnerships and programing with the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area and the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Whether academic, financial, or creative, Threadways seeks partners to help them further the collection of stories and scholarship to help preserve the past while creating a common future across our region and nation. Donations fund all work of Project Threadways including operating costs, academic scholarship projects, and public education initiatives. Find out how to support their work here.   

Over the years, we’ve collaborated with, supported, and been supported by countless organizations with a range of missions and who are located in our community and beyond. Learn more about each of them through the links below or find similar organizations in your area to support. The challenges of the last year have amplified the need for many, and we seek to help others whenever we can. 

Equal Justice Initiative

Every Mother Counts

Equality Shoals

Tennessee Riverkeeper

Tennessee Valley Art Association

Project Say Something

Southern Foodways Alliance

Jones Valley Teaching Farm

Institute 193


Textile Exchange

Working Farms Fund Taking Action for America’s Local Food

National Black Food & Justice Alliance

Georgia Cooperative Development Center

Preserving Farms for Farmers 

P.S.: Save the date for the Project Threadways third annual symposium which will take place on April 21 – 23, 2022. Stay tuned for more information about the event throughout the coming months… 


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