Chick-fil-A’s charity arm donated in 2017 to the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that has labeled many Christian conservative organizations as “hate” groups.
Following the immense conservative backlash to Chick-fil-A’s recent decision to end giving to the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Christian conservative activist and commentator Ryan Bomberger raised an alarm Wednesday about a past donation made by the Chick-fil-A Foundation.
An IRS 990 is a form that must be filed each year by organizations that are exempt from federal income taxes whose annual receipts are more than $25,000 a year.
The form lists dozens of donations made by the Chick-fil-A Foundation to other charities and nonprofit organizations in 2017, which totaled $849,500 for the year.
The form shows that among the many groups that Chick-fil-A Foundation donated to in 2017, one of them was SPLC. According to the form, the donation to SPLC totaled $2,500.
SPLC is a far-left legal group that aims to “fight hate” and teach tolerance. It gained prominence in the civil rights community by defending victims of attacks by white supremacist group Klu Klux Klan.
Although it is glorified for its fight against white supremacist groups, the organization has labeled dozens of Christian conservative advocacy nonprofits as “hate” groups because of their views on issues like marriage and criticism of radical Islamic terror. SPLC’s “hate” group label has been used in mainstream media to discredit the work of Christian conservative advocacy groups.
A spokesperson for Chick-fil-A confirmed for The Christian Post on Monday that the donation in question was, in fact, one of over 300 donations disclosed in the foundation’s 2017 990 form.
However, the spokesperson explained that the 2017 SPLC donation “was made by a volunteer member of the Chick-fil-A Foundation Advisory Board.”
“Each volunteer advisor, in 2017, was offered the opportunity to recommend a grant recipient,” the spokesperson stated in an email. “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 stressed that all donations were made in the spirit of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy.
“Our founder, Truett Cathy, built his business on biblical principles that still guide the business today,” the spokesperson wrote. ”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 best-run company is the company that is forever thinking about others.’”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith