UPS Stops Funding Boy Scouts Of America Over Anti-Gay Policies

The company’s corporate giving arm, the UPS Foundation, adopted a non-discrimination policy that will make the BSA ineligible for future grant funding because of its ban on gay Scouts and leaders.

On Monday, the UPS Foundation updated its website to include the following about discrimination:

The UPS Foundation seeks to support organizations that are in alignment with our focus areas, guidelines, and non-discrimination policy. UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable law, as well as other categories protected by UPS and The UPS Foundation in our own policies. These include, but are not limited to race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, age and religion.

UPS, which gave $167,000 to the BSA in 2010, confirmed that the new policy will disqualify organizations that are unable to attest to the Foundation’s anti-discrimination policy.

UPS is the second major corporation to drop funding for the BSA. In September, Intel announced it would no longer fund the Scouts until the ban on gay Scouts and leaders had been lifted.

The decisions appear to be a direct response to petitions started by Zach Wahls and Scouts for Equality. GLAAD recently joined forces with Wahls to reach out to corporations listed as having donated or continuing to fund the BSA. (See graphic below.)

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