The year 2012 was a difficult one for Chick-fil-A.
CEO Dan Cathy’s comments about same-sex marriage resulted in backlash against the company. Only a few months later, the company said it would “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage" and stop donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations. Since then, Chick-fil-A has become the third-fastest-growing chain in the U.S.
However, according to Grub Street, the company began donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations again in 2017.
ThinkProgress released tax filings that revealed Chick-fil-A donated $1,632,416 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Fellowship demands that employees sign a policy barring them from “homosexual acts.”
More, Chick-fil-A donated $150,000 to the Salvation Army, which has often opposed LGBTQ causes in the past. The company donated $6,000 more to a Georgia home for troubled youth, the Paul Anderson Youth Home. The home has blamed “sexual, physical, and mental abuse of children” for creating an “explosion of homosexuality.”
In 2016 Chick-fil-A promised that with the exception of the Salvation Army, it would not donate to any groups that were anti-LGBTQ.
All of the donations were given through the Chick-fil-A Foundation. The company told ThinkProgress that it has “never donated with the purpose of supporting a social or political agenda.”
A representative released a statement about the Foundation’s donations:
In 2017, the Chick-fil-A Foundation gave $9.9 million in donations to communities across America. In addition, the Chick-fil-A organization contributed $8.8 million to scholarships to support the college education of more than 3,000 team members.
The sole focus of our donations was to support causes focused on youth and education. We are proud of the positive impact we are making in communities across America and have been transparent about our giving on our web site. To suggest our giving was done to support a political or non-inclusive agenda is inaccurate and misleading. To view Chick-fil-A’s full stewardship report, please click here.