Thornwell Welcomes Elizabeth Milhous as Vice President for Mission Advancement

February 18, 2024

Thornwell, a nonprofit organization committed to serving children and families in need across Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, is honored to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Milhous as the organization’s new Vice President for Mission Advancement, commencing February 5th, 2024. With more than 15 years of experience in leadership roles within the higher education and social service sectors, her vast knowledge especially equips her to lead Thornwell’s Mission Advancement team and enhance its strategic fundraising and stewardship efforts.

“We are so pleased to welcome Elizabeth to Thornwell. Her extensive resume and commitment to championing causes that better the lives of others and our communities at large make her the perfect person to step into this role,” said Myron Wilkins, President and CEO of Thornwell. “I have the utmost confidence in her remarkable abilities and look forward to seeing Elizabeth lead our exceptional Mission Advancement team to new heights.”

Milhous is a driven philanthropy professional specializing in program building, campaign planning, and execution. Her extensive leadership roles in higher education and social service sectors have equipped her with a profound understanding of fundraising, volunteer management, event planning, stewardship, and program development.

Before joining Thornwell, Milhous served as Senior Vice President for Charitable Giving for the Rivers Performance Hall Foundation. She was also Vice President for Graham-Pelton Consulting, where she played a pivotal role in securing historic gifts for various institutions while overseeing business development and client relationships throughout the Southeast and Midwest.

Milhous earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Clemson University. Active in the community, she has served on many boards and committees during the past two decades, focusing on education and conservation. She is proud to lead Thornwell’s award-winning Mission Advancement team, which helped earn Thornwell a Platinum Award for nonprofit financial transparency in 2023 – the highest recognition for nonprofits worldwide.

“Thornwell is an incredible, diverse, and impactful organization that supports and empowers those who need it most. I am excited to join this team that is so passionate, nimble, and forward-thinking,” said Milhous. “I look forward to being a champion for Thornwell and all the children and families the ministry serves.”

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About Thornwell

Since 1875, Thornwell has been a leading expert in child and family well-being in South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. As its 148-year history demonstrates, Thornwell has worked to better the lives of countless children and families. Thornwell addresses the well-being of children not as a singular event but as a comprehensive, ongoing cycle of services and support designed to help children and families, no matter what stage of life they’re in. In 2023, Thornwell was named one of the “Best Places to Work in South Carolina” by SCBiz News and Best Companies Group. Thornwell is a Platinum award recipient for financial transparency by Candid and a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator. Thornwell believes in maintaining the highest levels of financial transparency and accountability.  In 2022, 76% of every dollar went to programs directly serving children and families. Learn more about Thornwell and its services for children and families at