In an open letter to the American Family Association (AFA), Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy expressed that the company "inadvertently discredited several outstanding organizations" when the fast food giant announced it would be restructuring its philanthropic strategy by halting donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes last year.
AFA President Tim Wildmon had written Cathy asking if Chick-fil-A would publicly state that both ministries are not hate groups because of their beliefs concerning sexuality, marriage, and family.
"As you have seen, recently we announced changes to our giving strategy at the Chick-fil-A Foundation. 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."
Cathy also reiterated that the family was committed to upholding the company's Corporate Purpose, which is "to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us" and "to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."
"Some also questioned if our commitment to our Corporate Purpose was waning," Cathy wrote. "Let me state unequivocally: It is not."
According to Wildmon, Cathy's response was positive news especially since many Christians who love Chick-fil-A want the company to uphold biblical principles.
"We have all been huge fans of Chick-fil-A, and want that to continue," Wildmon remarked.
Dan Cathy's full letter can be read here.