The True Inspiration Award recipients were announced in January and include nonprofit organizations across the country. Each recipient organization received a grant ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 to further their local community impact in three categories:
- Emerging Leader Development: Organizations focused on character development, positive community and cultural involvement and effective civic engagement
- Youth Entrepreneurship: Organizations committed to developing business knowledge, entrepreneurial skills and financial literacy
- Innovative Education: Organizations dedicated to improving teaching and learning through ground-breaking practices and visionary leadership
"These inspirational organizations not only align with the Chick-fil-A Foundation's mission to support youth, they are also improving teaching and learning through ground-breaking practices and visionary leadership," said Rodney Bullard, executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. "This inaugural event is our chance to celebrate these unsung heroes who are making a difference in their communities every day."
The True Inspiration Awards were inspired by the generosity of Chick-fil-A's late founder, S. Truett Cathy, who was focused both on the development of youth and entrepreneurship throughout his life of service. Organizations either applied or were nominated by local Chick-fil-A franchise restaurant operators. The next recipients of the True Inspiration Awards will be announced this fall.
To learn more about the True Inspiration Awards and view a complete list of recipients, visit http://www.chick-fil-afoundation.org/true-inspiration-awards.
About the Chick-fil-A® Foundation
The Chick-fil-A® Foundation is the corporate foundation of Chick-fil-A, Inc. A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation's purpose is to lead the company's commitment to support youth and education in Chick-fil-A's local communities. The Foundation's work is focused on developing and educating young people so they can build a positive legacy and become all they were created to be. For more information, visit www.chick-fil-afoundation.org
About the Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 1,900 restaurants in 42 states and Washington, D.C.
Chick-fil-A system sales reached nearly $6 billion in 2014, which marks 47 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A ranked first for customer satisfaction in the Limited Service Restaurants industry according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index and received the highest ACSI score ever in the industry. The company was also recognized in 2015 as America's "Top Chicken Restaurant Brand" by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 "Best Companies to Work For" by 24/7 Wall Street.