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Unless you live under a rock, you have likely heard that the fast food chain Chick-fil-A has changed their charitable giving policies. Of course the outrage machine has gone into full swing, and many people seem to have lost their minds. I want to try to speak some sense into this mess and maybe calm down a person or two.
Let’s start with what Chick-fil-A has actually did and said since that seems to have gotten lost in all of this. The press would have you believe that the restaurant suddenly stopped donating to The Salvation Army and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Both are excellent organizations by the way). This is not the truth. There was a multiyear agreement between them and that agreement was fulfilled. In short, the restaurant honored it’s commitment. The narrative that is being told makes it appear as if this was a reaction to outside influences rather than an agreement that had run it’s course. Chick-fil-A has decided to change how they handle their charitable donations and what their focus will be. That does not strike me as strange and, in fact, sounds a lot like good stewardship of the resources that they have. Their donations will be evaluated on an annual basis without regard to the religious preference of the organizations that they support. The giving did not magically stop, the agreement had run it’s course.
Chick-fil-A - Statement - Part - Mission - Potential
Chick-fil-A has made the following statement which reads, in part: “Staying true to its mission of nourishing the potential in every child, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will deepen its giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger” Their focus then will be children, and three specific areas of concern. Their choice of support will be a deeper commitment to Junior Achievement...
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