Chick-fil-A has come under fire for a series of charitable donations made recently. Newly released tax filings show the Chick-fil-A Foundation gave $1.8 million to three groups with a history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Critics are saying that the donations clearly show that Chick-fil-A’s denials that it discriminates against any group are not true.
According to reports, the entities that received the donations are the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Salvation Army, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home. An analysis by ThinkProgress showed that the donations represented an increase from the previous year. Chick-fil-A also listed the donations on its website. The Chick-fil-A Foundation’s funding comes almost entirely from the corporate treasury and shares leadership with the company.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an organization that spreads an anti-LGBTQ message to college athletes, received donations of $1,653,416 from the foundation. According to reports about the agency, potential “leaders” of the organization must sign a document agreeing that “neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act constitute an alternative lifestyle acceptable to God.” According to its website, the agency has been pursuing its mission for more than 60 years.
The Salvation Army, which has publicly opposed LGBTQ rights, received $150,000 in donations from the foundation. The New York City Commission on Human Rights has filed a complaint against the organization for discriminatory policies. The Paul Anderson Youth Home, an organization that provides a “Christ-centered, holistic, and therapeutic approach towards transforming the lives of young men” received $6,000 from the foundation. However, the Chick-fil-A’s website noted that the company’s foundation no longer supported the Paul Anderson Youth Home as of June 2017.