March 2020 – On January 7, AFA president Tim Wildmon issued a statement reporting that Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A (CFA) CEO, had responded to AFA’s questions, action alerts, and concerns about the chain’s changes in the charities it supports.
Cathy’s letter of response was dated December 5 but did not arrive at AFA until after December 30.
Part of AFA’s concern had been that CFA removed the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army from their support list. Responding specifically to that issue, Cathy wrote, “We inadvertently discredited several outstanding organizations that have effectively served communities for years.”
Wildmon expressed gratitude for that acknowledgement but said, “AFA will continue to monitor CFA’s corporate giving.” Of greatest concern to AFA is CFA’s announced support of Covenant House, a group with valid outreach to homeless youth but which also openly advocates for LGBTQ causes.