America’s number one fast food chain Chick-fil-A is expanding globally and into “more liberal markets” according to Bisnow. And that means they are re-evaluating their charitable giving starting at the beginning of 2020.
Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told the outlet that the chain “needs to be clear about our message.”
That means cutting out donations to organizations that have been labeled anti-LGBT like the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.
Starting next year, the Chick-fil-A Foundation plans to give $9M to organizations like Junior Achievement USA to support education, Covenant House International to fight homelessness and community food banks for its hunger initiative in each city where the chain operates. The company intends to dedicate $25K to a local food bank each time it opens a new location. “This provides more focus and more clarity,” Tassopoulos said. “We think [education, hunger and homelessness] are critical issues in communities where we do business in the U.S.”
Tassopoulos also said that the negative headlines surrounding the anti-gay groups and Chick-fil-A’s affiliation with them were affecting the company’s growth.
“When there is a tension, we want to make sure we’re being clear. We think this is going to be helpful,” Tassopoulos told Bisnow. “It’s just the right thing to do: to be clear, caring and supportive, and do it in the community.”