Chick-fil-A just announced it is making a change to the biggest point of contention in its business: charitable donations.
The company issued an official statement this week stating that next year it is officially cutting ties with the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). The same organizations that have caused the Georgia-based chicken chain great difficulty with costumers as both are known for their anti-LGBTQ views.
According to the chain, in 2018, its foundation donated $115,000 to the Salvation Army and $1.65 million to FCA.
"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," a representative for the company told Business Insider.
As the company focuses on the above-mentioned areas, it will now work with Junior Achievement USA, Covenant House International and will donate $25,000 to local food banks. Tim Tassopoulos, president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, however, added, "no organization will be excluded from future consideration — faith-based or non-faith-based."
Despite its 'questionable' political and societal views, Chick-fil-A has significantly grown in the past year. Not only did it open restaurants in New York City, but a pilot location in the UK was also opened. The location will close after its six months lease expires due to protests, however.
Nation's Restaurant News estimates the chain earned $10.5 billion in sales in 2018.
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