A newly-released analysis of Chick-fil-A’s charitable work has allegedly found that the chain donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups over the course of 2010, reported the Advocate. Donations distributed through Chick-fil-A’s WinShape Foundation, went to anti-gay groups, such as the Marriage & Family Foundation ($1,188,380), Exodus International ($1,000) and the Family Research Council (also $1,000), Equality Matters reported.
Further, it is estimated that the company has donated $5 million to anti-gay organisations and hate groups between 2003 and 2010, reported The New Civil Rights Movement. Calling the reported donations “a fat middle finger” to LGBT consumers, Instinct magazine said: “Looks like gays won’t be chowing down at Chick-fil-A anytime soon!” In February, Northeastern University officials reportedly cancelled plans for a campus-based franchise of the fried chicken chain, citing that “student concerns reflected [Chick-fil-A’s] history of donating to anti-gay organisations,” according to the Boston Globe.
One month earlier, New York University student Hillary Dworkoski launched a petition calling for NYU to close its Chick-fil-A franchise, reportedly the only one in Manhattan. In a 2011 interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chick-fil-A founder Cathy Truett, said in response to LGBT protests: “We’re not anti-anybody. Our mission is to create raving fans.”