LGBTQ groups and activists are offering only faint praise for Chick-fil-A’s decision to halt funding for two faith-based groups, saying the company has to do much more to win their support.
“Chick-fil-A Still Isn’t LGBTQ-Friendly, Despite Pledge on Donations,” read a headline on the website of The Advocate, a major gay news outlet.
The Chick-fil-A Foundation on Monday announced a new donation strategy it says will “provide additional clarity and impact with the causes it supports.” Beginning in 2020, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will support Junior Achievement, Covenant House International and local food banks.
Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow.com that the Foundation would stop funding the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army. Chick-fil-A’s ties to the two organizations were at the heart of controversies in Buffalo and San Antonio, two cities that rejected Chick-fil-A’s efforts to open airport locations there. The ties also were mentioned when LGBT activists successfully forced a Chick-fil-A to close in the United Kingdom. (Its lease was not renewed.)
Bisnow.com said Chick-fil-A was moving away from multi-year commitments and opting instead to fund organizations on an annual basis.
“There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” Tassopoulos said. “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”
He added, “When there is a tension, we want to make sure we’re being clear. We think this is going to be helpful. It’s just the right thing to do: to be clear,…