Chick-fil-A to give $5M to Black nonprofits to fight racial injustice

Chick-fil-A drive thru near the Mall of Georgia in Buford. MATT KEMPNER / AJC
Chick-fil-A drive thru near the Mall of Georgia in Buford. MATT KEMPNER / AJC

Saying it is taking action against racial injustice, Chick-fil-A’s foundation announced it will give $5 million in grants to Black-led nonprofits and those that serve the Black community.

The change, which it said will be a new, ongoing commitment for its annual True Inspiration Awards, quadruples last year’s award grants, according to a recent press release by the Atlanta-based restaurant chain.

In the release, Rodney Bullard, the executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, wrote, “The recent highly publicized and horrific deaths of Black men and women have rocked our nation and shed light on the injustice, systemic racism, and disparities that Black people endure daily.”

Chick-fil-A said later this summer nonprofits will be able to apply for grants on the company’s website.

The company has shifted its giving in the past, including an announcement it made last fall following criticism about supporting groups viewed as hostile to LGBTQ rights.

More recently, in the wake of protests around the nation tied to the death of George Floyd and other African Americans, a variety of major companies have made statements against injustice and promised steps to increase diversity and understanding, including boosting funding for some causes. Among those locally that announced increased giving are Home Depot and Cox Enterprises, each of which announced plans for $1 million donations. Cox owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.