Chick-fil-A Ends Its Bigoted Donations to Anti-LGBTQ Organizations

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While #TheChickening continues to happen at every Popeyes restaurant across the country, at least one competitor in the great chicken sandwich battle of 2019 has found a way to change their image from a public relations standpoint—sorta.

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Business Insider reports that after facing years of criticism and negative publicity, chicken sandwich OG Chick-fil-A announced Monday that it would no longer be making charitable donations to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army—two organizations with decidedly anti-LGBTQ stances. The company said in a press release that it would “deepen its giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.”

A company representative said in a statement to Business Insider, “We made multiyear commitments to both organizations, and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018. Moving forward you will see that the Chick-fil-A Foundation will support the three specific initiatives of homelessness, hunger and education.”

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In 2012, the company stopped making donations to several other controversial groups, but continued donating to both Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army until last year.

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Chick-fil-A said that for 2020 it has committed $9 million each to those three initiatives: education, homelessness, and hunger. The company said that it was expanding partnerships with the education nonprofit Junior Achievement USA and the homeless-youth organization Covenant House International and that it would dedicate $25,000 to a local food bank following each new Chick-fil-A opening.

This all sounds well and good, but I wonder if the fact that Popeyes has yet to remove their foot from the collective chicken industry’s neck was in any part a small motivation for Chick-fil-A to do the right thing.

After all, you gotta sell a lot of chicken sandwiches to stay in business.

News Editor for The Root. I said what I said. Period.

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