Chick-fil-A decided to pull out their controversial donations to specific charities such as the Salvation Army after severe public scrutiny.
The popular restaurant recently decided to remove several charities from their donations after falling under intense criticism on social media and failing to set u outside the U.S. after protests claiming the food-chain to be anti-LGBT. Chick-fil-A announced about their backing out of their charitable contribution, that meant the salvation Army and the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes. Both of the charities have notable anti-LGBT history. Chick-fil-A donations for both charity organizations are the following $1.65 million for Fellowship Of Christian Athletes and $ 115,000 for Salvation Army in 2018 alone.
“Starting 2020,Chick-fil-A Foundation is announcing a more focused giving approach to provide additional clarity impact with the causes if supports,” Said Chick-fil-A representatives in a statement, “Staying true to its missions of nourishing the potential of every child.The Chick-fil-A Foundation will depend its giving to smaller organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger”
9 million in donation for 2020 will be donated to Junior Achievement USA, a K-12educational non-profit,Covenant House International, a non-profit focusing on youth homelessness, and donation of 25,000to food banks in every location where Chick-fil-A opens up a restaurant. Arguments came about from both sides such as criticism about LGBTQ saying that the company is hostile to the community. Others say that as long as the CEO Dan Cathy, who has a history of being against gay marriage, and as he continues to profit the company, they would not eat at his restaurant.
“We serve more than 23 million individuals a year , including those in the LGBTQ community. In fact we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ population.When misinformation is perpetuated without fact ,our ability to serve those in need, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or other factor is at risk,” said Chick-fil-A representatives, “We urge the public to seek the truth before rushing to ill-informed judgement and greatly appreciate those partners and donors who ensure that anyone who needs our help feels sale and comfortable to come through our doors” says the restaurant spokesman.
Chick-fil-A Foundation report never mentioned LGBTQ rights neither did it stipulate that certain groups were excluded from 2020 funding due to the concerns towards the LGBTQ people.The spokesman did not respond directly answer to the question when he was asked about it Moreover, the change in approach does not directly point to The Salvation Army and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.There are organizations in 2018 and 2019 does not have records of anti-LGBTQ and would not receive any money from Chick-fil-A. Only the future will be able to tell whether these statements will remain upheld.