Chick-fil-A to stop donating to Salvation Army

Daniel Fowler
November 19, 2019

In 2018, the Chick-fil-A Foundation gave $1.65m to the FCA and $115,000 to the Atlanta branch of the Salvation Army, according to its 2018 declaration of charitable donations to the US Internal Revenue Service.

Chick-fil-A has a long history of being on the receiving end of criticism from LGBT rights groups.

On Monday, Chick-fil-A announced it was making a major change to perhaps the most controversial part of the company: its charitable-giving arm. However, Chick-Fil-A and their stance against the LGBTQ community has also become a focus of the public. "Moving forward you will see that the Chick-fil-A Foundation will support the three specific initiatives of homelessness, hunger and education".

"We made multi-year commitments to both organizations and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018", a spokeswoman for Chick-fil-A told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, according to CNBC. In March, the San Antonio City Council took steps to effectively ban Chick-fil-A from San Antonio's airport after the company donated $2 million to the Christian charities it no longer supports.

But the former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a candidate in the US Republican presidential primaries in 2008 and 2016, accused Chick-fil-A of surrendering to "anti-Christian hate groups".

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Chick-fil-A has faced backlash for its donations and those of its top executives for years. "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".

FOX Business' inquiry to Chick-fil-A was not returned at the time of publication. By the end of 2018, Chick-fil-A was the third-largest chain in the USA by sales, growing revenue by 16.7% in 2018 to reach almost $US10.5 billion, according to Nation's Restaurant News.

GLAAD responded to the news by urging the company to have more transparency "regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families". "We think [education, hunger and homelessness] are critical issues in communities where we do business".

Tim Tassopoulos, the president and COO of Chick-fil-A, added that "no organization will be excluded from future consideration - faith-based or non-faith-based".

The restaurant's first location in the United Kingdom, for example, will soon close its doors because of targeted protests carried out by some in the LGBTQ community.

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