Chick-fil-A donates $1.26 million to groups supporting kids

Clarkston’s Friends of Refugees and Atlanta’s Youth Entrepreneurs Georgia are among 22 not-for-profit organizations from across the country that the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s selected for its 2016 True Inspiration Awards, the company said Friday.

The awards will offer grants — totaling $1.26 million — for organizations that “further their work fostering leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in children,” the Atlanta-based chain said.

The grants range from $15,000 to $100,000 and represent 17 states across the country. The organizations either applied for the grants or were nominated by a Chick-fil-A franchisee based on the group’s work to inspire leadership in children, Chick-fil-A said.

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“We’re honored to be able to partner with these incredible organizations to improve the lives of children,” Rodney Bullard, vice president of community affairs for Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, said in a statement. “Our mission is to help every child be all they were created to be, and these organizations are striving to achieve that same goal each and every day.”

Friends of Refugees is described as “empowering refugees through opportunities that provide for their well-being, education and employment and through relationships that connect them to Jesus and His followers.”

Youth Entrepreneurs Georgia provides students with “business and entrepreneurial education and experiences to help them prosper and become contributing members of society.”

The is the second year for the True Inspiration Awards, which were inspired by Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy.

The Chick-fil-A Foundation is accepting nominations for 2017 recipients. Nominations may be made online at Chick-fil-AFoundation.org/TrueInspirationAwards.

 

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