Chick fil-A to stop supporting Christian charities following LGBT fallout
David Rogers | Staff Writer
Christian-owned company Chick-fil-A has announced that it is changing its giving policy after receiving pressure over its anti-LGBT stance.
The fast food group issued a statement announcing its new giving changes, stating that, “Starting in 2020, the Chick-fil-A Foundation is introducing a more focused giving approach to provide additional clarity and impact with the causes it supports. Staying true to its mission of nourishing the potential in every child, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will deepen its giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.”
This means organizations like The Salvation Army, who previously received funding, will no longer be part of the company’s giving. Chick fil-A opened its first store in the UK recently, but the store was set to close after LGBT supporters protested.
More than 18,000 people signed an online petition to keep the UK store open.
“Today we are excited to announce the Foundation has committed $9 million to the following initiatives for 2020:
“Education: To support education, we are expanding our partnership with Junior Achievement USA (JA). JA offers kindergarten to 12th grade programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. The organization reaches nearly 5 million students annually.
“Homelessness: To address youth homelessness, we are expanding our partnership with Covenant House International. For more than four decades, Covenant House has helped transform and save the lives of more than a million homeless, runaway and trafficked young people – reaching 70,000 youth each year.
“Hunger: To fight hunger, we will support more than 120 communities by dedicating $25,000 to a local food bank at each new Chick-fil-A opening.”
The group has been continually criticized over supporting pro life and anti-LGBT groups, forcing them to come up with a giving model that does not cause ongoing controversy with its customers.
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