Chick-fil-A Bows to Pressure from LGBTQ Community
Chick-fil-A announced today that it will no longer be making donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations. Earlier this year, ThinkProgress issued a report that thoroughly detailed Chick-fil-A’s charitable giving. The company corroborated the findings when they released their own report in March of 2019.
That fallout has been huge. Chick-fil-A has been subsequently banned from various airports and has been heavily criticized by LGBTQ activists. The pressure only increased, and ultimately, the restaurant chain buckled.
Excerpts from the official statement are below:
“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.
Additionally, the Foundation will no longer make multiyear commitments and will reassess its philanthropic partnerships annually to allow maximum impact,” said Chick-fil-A in a statement. “These partners could include faith-based and non-faith-based charities.”
According to USA Today, “Chick-fil-A said it’s committing more than $9 million to initiatives linked to those three areas next year.” It’s good to see activism move the needle in a positive direction, even if it is just a tiny bit.