After receiving an onslaught of much deserved criticism from LGBTQ activists, Chick-fil-A has announced it will be ending its donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In a statement released on Monday, the company claimed that instead, it will “deepen its giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.”
Chick-fil-A faced similar backlash before in 2012 for making large donations to other various anti-LGBTQ charities and foundations, like the National Christian Foundation.
Donations to those organizations ceased, however, when CEO Dan Cathy revealed he was against same-sex marriage, which ultimately caused a public uproar. While the Chick-fil-A Foundation made previous commitments to donate to both the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, they claim to have since fulfilled those obligations in 2018 and plan to focus on other initiatives moving forward.
According to representatives of the company, Chick-fil-A is set to donate $27 million to new initiatives dealing with homelessness, hunger, and education in 2020.
While ending donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations is a step in the right direction, some critics argue that it is not enough to simply stop giving money to groups promoting hatred and discrimination, but that the company must do its part to actively repair the damage it has already caused.