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TIA Intro
TIA Intro


Award Recipients

Helping every child become all they can be

The True inspiration Awards were created to carry on Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy's legacy of generosity, community service and dedication to inspiring the next generation. Every year, we honor and support organizations from across the country who go above and beyond in the fields of innovative education, emerging leader development and youth entrepreneurship. They're working hard to make a lasting difference in the lives of children living in their local communities, and we're proud to help them extend their impact.  


S. Truett Cathy

We must motivate ourselves to do our very best, and by our example lead others to do their best as well.

S. Truett Cathy

Meet Our 2019 Award Recipients

Innovative Education

Improving teaching and learning through ground-breaking practices and visionary leadership.

  • Covenant House California

    Covenant House California

    We are a youth homeless shelter that provides sanctuary and support for homeless and trafficked youth ages 18-24.
  • Folds of Honor

    Folds of Honor

    We provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.
  • Friends of the Children - Portland

    Friends of the Children - Portland

    We provide our most vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become a healthy, productive member of the community.

Emerging Leader Development

Focusing on character development, positive community and cultural involvement, and effective civic engagement

  • National CASA

    National CASA

    We support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive.
  • Girls on the Run of the Rockies

    Girls on the Run of the Rockies

    Nominated by Operator Don Griffin

    We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
  • Thrive Support & Advocacy

    Thrive Support & Advocacy

    Empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to focus on ability and discover opportunities to shine.

Youth Entrepreneurship

Developing business knowledge, entrepreneurial skills, and financial literacy

  • Covenant House International

    Covenant House International

    Preparing at-risk and homeless youth to obtain and maintain employment, improve and advance their education, and pursue sustainable career paths with livable wages.
  • Heritage Academy Augusta

    Heritage Academy Augusta

    An independent school offering a quality education to children of diverse economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds, empowering them to become a positive influence in this community and around the world.
  • Junior Achievement of Northern New England

    Junior Achievement of Northern New England

    Delivering kindergarten-12th grade programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.

S. Truett Cathy Honoree

Embodying the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Truett Cathy

Mentoring to Manhood
Hyattsville, MD

Nominated by Chick-fil-A Operator Keith Singletary

Founded by four men who wanted to make a difference in the lives of young African-American boys living in Prince George's County, Maryland, Mentoring to Manhood provides weekly tutoring, group mentoring and family support to more than 150 middle and high-school aged boys. Recently, the organization merged with Community Youth Advance to expand its services to young boys and girls living in this community.

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Regional Award Winners

Atlantic Region

Atlantic Region

Ezekiel Center

Columbia, SC

We seek to strengthen family structure and help families break the cycle of generational poverty by providing after-school and mentoring programs for under-resourced children.

Nominated by Operator Chris Eckert

Isaiah 117 House

Elizabethton, TN

We care for children awaiting foster placement by meeting their food, shelter, clothing and personal hygiene needs.

Nominated by Operator Tommy Tipton

Southeast Region

Southeast Region

Place of Hope

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

We provide stable and loving family environments for children and youth who have been abused and neglected.

Nominated by Operators Paul Kiedis and Neil Hannon


Lawrenceville, GA

We work alongside athletic coaching staff to teach, mentor and guide student-athletes into becoming well-rounded men and women of character.

Nominated by Operators Colby Cameron and Tom Balsamides

Midwest Region

Midwest Region

Dutton Farm

Rochester, MI

We are on a mission to celebrate, educate and employ people with special needs.

Nominated by Operator Blake Dennard

Kids Alive International

Valparaiso, IN

We are dedicated to rescuing and redeeming orphans and vulnerable children from our belief that every child deserves to live free from the bondage of hunger, abuse and exploitation.

Nominated by Operator Matt Sewell

Southwest Region

Southwest Region

FamilyPoint Resources

Houston, TX

We provide accessible arts, education and health & fitness programs that meet needs, build hope, and transform the lives of childen and youth.

Nominated by Operator Greg Kubala

Friends of Down Syndrome

Houston, TX

We seek to create lifelong education and learning opportunities for teens and adults with Down syndrome through education, socialization and community outreach.              

Nominated by Operator Austin Mike

Northeast Region

Northeast Region

Cathedral Kitchen

Camden, NJ

We use food to nourish, train and employ people, providing thousands of meals each month to the poor and needy.

Nominated by Operator Bill Diaco

Reading Road Show - "Gus Bus"

Harrisonburg, VA

A mobile literacy unit that brings literature directly into the neighborhood of students,

Nominated by Operator Ashley Bellamy

West Region

West Region

Outreach United Resource Center

Longmont, CO

We help people move toward self-sufficiency by unifying community resources.

Nominated by Operator Brent Gooch

Thanksgiving Point Institute

Lehi, UT

A farm, garden, and museum complex that draws upon the natural world to cultivate transformative family learning.

Nominated by Operator Dusty Pyne


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Surprise! Chick-fil-A Foundation presents $100,000 grant to S. Truett Cathy Honoree

Watch as Mentoring to Manhood is surprised with the news.