Chick-fil-A stops donations to charities criticized by LGBTQ activists

Mary Margaret Olohan, DCNF

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Chick-fil-A announced a new initiative Monday that will focus on education, homelessness, and hunger and end 2020 donations to two charities criticized by LGBTQ groups.

The organization announced Monday that Chick-fil-A is instituting a “more focused giving approach to provide additional clarity and impact with the causes it supports” by donating to education, homelessness, and hunger, according to a Chick-fil-A press release. As part of this initiative, the organization has committed $9 million in 2020 to Junior Achievement USA and Covenant House International.

Chick-fil-A will also “support more than 120 communities by dedicating $25,000 to a local food bank at each new Chick-fil-A opening,” the organization said in a press release.

Chick-fil-A has donated more than $52 million since the organization began to “support education, entrepreneurship and leadership development,” according to a Chick-fil-A press release. But Chick-fil-A will also reassess its “philanthropic partnerships” and will not donate to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2020, the organization confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Both of these organizations have drawn criticism from LGBTQ groups for their stances on homosexuality.

“Our goal is to donate the most effective organizations in the areas of education, homelessness, and hunger,” President and COO of Chick-fil-A Inc. Tim Tassopoulos told the DCNF. “No organization will be excluded from future consideration – faith based or non-faith-based.”

“We are incredibly excited to be the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s education partner and to make a positive difference in the lives of countless young people as a result of this initiative,” president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA, Jack E. Kosakowski, said in a statement. “Chick-fil-A has been a dedicated supporter of JA programs for many years, and we look forward to working together to reach even more kids through this latest commitment.”

President and CEO of Covenant House International Kevin Ryan also praised the move, saying in a statement that the organization welcomes Chick-fil-A’s support and the “efforts of local Chick-fil-A operators to hire and train young people as they overcome homelessness and cross that bridge from despair to hope.”

“Millions of children and youth face homelessness each year, including kids who have endured traumatic and adverse childhood experiences,” Ryan said in a statement. “The young people we serve are usually disconnected from their families and other social support, and we are committed to helping them all overcome hunger and homelessness.”

Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes did not yet respond to requests for comment from the DCNF.

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