Chick-fil-A announces changes in charitable giving policy

Chick-fil-A announces changes in charitable giving policy

Popular fast-food chain Chick-fil-A announced Nov. 18 it will focus the company’s charitable donations on the areas of hunger, homelessness and education beginning in 2020.

The Atlanta-based company has faced intense criticism in recent years over its charitable donations to groups that opposed same-sex “marriage.” 

Chick-fil-A has not attributed its policy shift to criticism or outside pressure. 

Tim Tassopoulos, president and COO of Chick-fil-A, Inc., said in a statement that the company’s goal “is to donate to the most effective organizations in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger. … Faith-based or non-faith-based, no organization will be excluded from future consideration.” 

In 2019 the Chick-fil-A Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, donated to upwards of 300 charitable organizations. Under the new policy the foundation will distribute $9 million dollars in pledged donations next year and will limit its partnerships to only one charity for each of its three initiatives. (BP)