CEO Dan Cathy Says He Regrets That Chick-fil-A ‘Inadvertently Discredited’ ‘Outstanding Organizations’ Like the Salvation Army

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Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy says in a new letter that the company “inadvertently discredited” what he calls “outstanding organizations” when it changed its giving strategy and pulled funding last year from the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Cathy, in the letter to the American Family Association, also says the company has not waned in its corporate purpose to “glorify God.”

Cathy addressed the letter to AFA President Tim Wildmon, who had written Cathy and asked the Chick-fil-A CEO two questions, including, “Will Chick-fil-A publicly state that it does not believe the Salvation Army and FCA are hate groups because of the ministries’ beliefs about sexuality, marriage, and family?”

Cathy, in his letter, applauded the ministries.

“As you have seen, recently we announced changes to our giving strategy at the Chick-fil-A Foundation,” Cathy wrote. “These changes were made to better focus on hunger, homelessness and education. We understand how some thought we were abandoning our long-standing support of faith-based organizations. We inadvertently discredited several outstanding organizations that have effectively served communities for years. Some also questioned if our commitment to our Corporate Purpose was waning. Let me state unequivocally: It is not.”

Earlier in the letter, Cathy had said he agreed with his late father, Truett Cathy, who founded the company on biblical principles.

“My dad was deeply committed to his Christian faith,” Dan Cathy wrote. “My siblings and I share his deep conviction to live out our faith by serving with generosity and humility in the marketplace. Since 1982, our Corporate Purpose daily reminds us that we are here ‘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-A.’ Indeed, it is our faith and purpose that drives our mission for serving great food in a way that demonstrates care for you on a daily basis.”

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy says in a new letter that the company “inadvertently discredited” what he calls “outstanding organizations” when it changed its giving strategy and pulled funding last year from the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Cathy, in the letter to the American Family Association, also says the company has not waned in its corporate purpose to “glorify God.”

Cathy addressed the letter to AFA President Tim Wildmon, who had written Cathy and asked the Chick-fil-A CEO two questions, including, “Will Chick-fil-A publicly state that it does not believe the Salvation Army and FCA are hate groups because of the ministries’ beliefs about sexuality, marriage, and family?”

Cathy, in his letter, applauded the ministries.

“As you have seen, recently we announced changes to our giving strategy at the Chick-fil-A Foundation,” Cathy wrote. “These changes were made to better focus on hunger, homelessness and education. We understand how some thought we were abandoning our long-standing support of faith-based organizations. We inadvertently discredited several outstanding organizations that have effectively served communities for years. Some also questioned if our commitment to our Corporate Purpose was waning. Let me state unequivocally: It is not.”

Earlier in the letter, Cathy had said he agreed with his late father, Truett Cathy, who founded the company on biblical principles.

“My dad was deeply committed to his Christian faith,” Dan Cathy wrote. “My siblings and I share his deep conviction to live out our faith by serving with generosity and humility in the marketplace. Since 1982, our Corporate Purpose daily reminds us that we are here ‘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-A.’ Indeed, it is our faith and purpose that drives our mission for serving great food in a way that demonstrates care for you on a daily basis.”

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Source: Christian Headlines