Chick-Fil-A, who has been very generous with charities, has finally decided that it will stop funding those that are anti-LGBTQ. The Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian
Athletes are two of the receiver of Chick-Fil-A’s millions of dollars donation. It is known that both organizations are frank with their stand on same-sex marriage. They have long been opposing this issue. On Monday, Chick-fil-A announced that it would not be funding anymore the organization.
A spokeswoman from Chick-fil-A said, “We made multi-year commitments to both organizations, and we fulfilled the obligations in 2018. The company would focus it’s giving on education, homelessness, and hunger” to Thomson Reuters Foundation.
It has not been a secret that this company has faced some severe criticisms regarding its choice of charitable donations. Since Chick-fil-A is going to expand outside, a lot of pressure has been placed for the company.
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee made his statement on his social network, Twitter, “In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @chickfilA Appreciation Day after militant hate groups were bullying them. Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$. I regret believing they would stay true to the conviction of founder Truett Cathey. Sad.
Why Stop Chick-Fil-A?
This Georgia-based chain has been under stress from the LGBTQ community. In 2020, it will change its course. A statement was released “Beginning in 2020; We have also proactively disclosed our 2018 tax filing and a preview of 2019 gifts to donate on chick-fil-afoundation.org.”
The foundation plans to donate $9 million next year to Junior Achievement USA, Covenant House International, and local food banks. Furthermore, “The intent of charitable giving from the Chick-Fil-A Foundation is to nourish the potential in every child.” This year, it has given more than $6 million to different charities.
President and Chief Operating Officer of Chick-fil-A also added that “no organization will be excluded from future consideration – faith-based or non-faith-based.”
Chick-fil-A has over 2,400 branches all over the United States. Since years, their stand on LGBTQ has been a source of boycott from this community. It started in 2012 when Dan Cathy, the CEO, mentioned “the biblical definition of the family unit, which is the marriage of man and woman.
Many conservatives were irked by the move. LGBTQ activists weren’t impressed and said, “If Chick-fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family.
Chick-fil-A investors, employees, and customers can greet today’s announcement with cautious optimism but should remember that similar press statements were previously proven to be empty,” according to Drew Anderson, director of campaigns for GLAAD.
Others, on the other hand, see it as a vengeance to the Chicken Wars between Popeyes fried chicken and that they are desperate for market shares.