Chick-fil-A CEO: Change in Giving Gave Bad Impression of Salvation Army and Others

In a December 5 letter that is now circulating publicly, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said he regretted “inadvertently” discrediting the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes when it appeared that he caved to demands by LGBT activists when the company changed its charitable giving program.

In part, Kathy’s letter reads:

“As you have seen, recently we announced changes to our giving strategy at the Chick-fil-A Foundation. These changes were made to better focus on hunger, homelessness and education.  We understand how some thought we were abandoning our longstanding support of faith-based organizations. We inadvertently discredited several outstanding organizations that have effectively served communities for years.”

Responding to questions from several groups about the company straying from its corporate purpose, Cathy responded bluntly.  He quoted Chick-fil-A’s Corporate Purpose, “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-,” and then wrote:

“Some also questioned if our commitment to our Corporate Purpose was waning. Let me state unequivocally: It is not.”

While Cathy’s assurances and letter will appease many Chick-fil-A fans, it would have been much easier if he’d simply reinstated the giving to those charities, or just not changed them in the first place.

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