Our Founder, Truett cathy, shared his heart for community when he stated,
"we do not just do business; we become a vital part of the communities in which we exist."
Chick-fil-A Remarkable Futures College Scholarships
It began with a mayonnaise jar.
In 1973, Truett Cathy set a jar on the restaurant counter. The reason? To help Team Member Eddie White raise funds to pursue his dream of a college education. Thanks to contributions from guests and Truett himself, Eddie’s dream came true. After graduation, Eddie went on to have a career in education, eventually serving as Assistant Superintendent in the greater Atlanta area. From that mayonnaise jar, Chick-fil-A’s scholarship was born. Since then, we’ve awarded over $46 million to approximately 41,000 Chick-fil-A restaurant Team Members across the country.
TRUE INSPIRATION AWARDS
S. Truett Cathy was known to ask a simple question: “Why not your very best?” This question guided him as a husband, a father and a businessman—it also guided his work in the community. With a passionate belief in the unlimited potential of every child, he dedicated his life to inspiring and challenging young people to be their very best, too.
In 2015, the Chick-fil-A Foundation established the True Inspiration Awards to honor Truett’s legacy. Each year, we celebrate organizations from across the country who embody his spirit of service and exist, like the Foundation, to help every child become all they were created to be.
Working in the areas of Innovative Education, Emerging Leader Development and Youth Entrepreneurship, True Inspiration Award recipients are working hard to make a lasting difference in their communities—and we’re proud to help them extend their impact through these annual awards across the nation.
A SHARED BELIEF IN THE BOUNDLESS POTENTIAL OF YOUNG PEOPLE
With a mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, Junior Achievement works with organizations like the Chick-fil-A Foundation to expand youth education and economic development in their communities.
Chick-fil-A Operators often sponsor simulated storefronts at their local Junior Achievement facilities across the country. Through realistic exercises, like maintaining a budget and learning to operate a business we are teaching students the financial literacy skills they need to become a valuable part of today’s workforce. Local Operators are working with over 20 Junior Achievement facilities across the country and locally in the Houston location.
living water International
The locally lead Living Water partnership is between Chick-fil-A Houston Operators and Living Water International. Restaurants will conduct the campaign throughout the month of World Water Day to raise funds for clean water in Nicaragua. The proceeds are used to support Living Water’s work in Nicaragua, Honduras, and several other countries. In 2017, Chick-fil-A Houston was able to raise over $200,000 for Living Water International in their fight for water for everyone. Our impact and responsibility to help man-kind goes beyond the local restaurants and communities and into lives of people across the world.
The WinShape Foundation provides meaningful experiences and creates connections that develop individuals, strengthen relationships, and expose life-altering hope and truth. From day camps for kids to programs that grow college students and shape culture for organizations, each of our programs is rooted in transformation. There’s power in this place and the individuals who participate in our ministries.