Last week Chick-fil-A responded to the outrage by many on the right over a donation they made to the SPLC. But they said the company didn’t really make it, but a volunteer, and explained what happened:
DAILY CALLER – Chick-fil-A came under fire Wednesday for a 2017 donation made to the Southern Poverty Law Center under the organization’s name, but Chick-Fil-A said the donation was made by a volunteer member.
Chick-fil-A told the Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement that the donations in question were disclosed in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Foundation 990 that lists giving in the 2017 calendar year. Donations during that year included the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Salvation Army, Paul Anderson Youth Home, and over 300 other organizations.
“The SPLC donation was made by a volunteer member of the Chick-fil-A Foundation Advisory Board”
“The SPLC donation was made by a volunteer member of the Chick-fil-A Foundation Advisory Board,” a Chick-fil-A spokesperson told the DCNF. The spokesperson did not specify who the volunteer was and has not yet responded to a request for comment on the matter.
“Each volunteer advisor, in 2017, was offered the opportunity to recommend a grant recipient,” the spokesperson said. “The grants were given to a range of organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Atlanta Mission, the Holocaust Survivor Support Fund, Georgia Historical Society and brain health research at Emory University.”
The spokesperson said Chick-fil-A’s founder Truett Cathy built the business on Biblical principles “that still guide the business today.”
“He famously said: ‘Probably the greatest gift that God has given any one of us is the power that we have to change people’s lives by what we do,’” the spokesperson said. “The best run company is the company that is forever thinking about others.’”
“It is in this spirit that all donations are made,” the spokesperson added.
Well okay, that make sense. Glad they explained.
But even so, I doubt this will quell the anger of fans over Chick-fil-A switching donations from the Salvation Army and the FCA.