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Boy Scouts no longer eligible for grants under new policy by UPS charity

Monday, November 12, 2012

ATLANTA — The charity arm of United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), announced Monday a new policy that will “cease all future funding to the Boy Scouts until gay Scouts and leaders are welcome within the organization.”

The UPS Foundation has previously contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Boy Scouts, despite the organization’s anti-gay policy.

In a statement on the Foundation’s website, the company wrote:

“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.”

Under the policy, the Boy Scouts of America is no longer eligible for grants from the UPS Foundation because of the BSA’s ban on gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders.

The UPS Foundation claimed the policy has been in development for several months, and that organizations that are unable to attest to having a policy or practices that align with the Foundation’s non-discrimination policy will no longer be considered eligible for funding.

Prior to the UPS Foundation’s non-discrimination language, the charity gave $167,000 to various Boy Scouts of America entities in 2010.

UPS has consistently received high marks on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, an annual survey that rates U.S. corporations on their non-discrimination policies and practices toward LGBT employees and consumers.

Zach Wahls, founder and spokesperson for Scouts for Equality, who last month launched a Change.org petition calling on UPS to end its donations to the Boy Scouts, called the decision “true bravery.”

“UPS showed true bravery today in standing with the 80,000 Americans, including thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders, who oppose the Boy Scouts’ hurtful anti-gay policy. That bravery is what Scouting is all about,” said Wahls.

“Corporate America gets it better than most: policies that discriminate aren’t simply wrong, they’re bad for business and they’re hurting the Scouting community. You would think that after all the Boy Scouts have lost as a result of this policy, they would understand that,” he said.

In September, Wahls launched a similar petition calling on Intel to cease its financial support of the Boy Scouts — Wahls noted that in 2010, Intel gave nearly $700,000 to BSA despite its anti-gay policy. Within days, Intel announced it would no longer support the Boy Scouts.

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29 more reader comments:

  1. VICTORY!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:48pm
  2. Good!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:48pm
  3. I believe Intel has done the same..

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:49pm
  4. Great!!!! Thanks, UPS!!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:49pm
  5. I think its about time that the BSA is hurt both in their pocketbook and also in who supports them too.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:50pm
  6. Seconding good.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:50pm
  7. I will use ups now!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:50pm
  8. Good. They have the right to express an opinion and even the right, under the second class legislated status of the gay community in this country, to discriminate, but with their expression of their rights also comes consequences. And this is one of ‘em.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:50pm
  9. i gotta go to their website and write em a “thank you” shout out.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:50pm
  10. YES!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:51pm
  11. Great thinking, UPS!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:52pm
  12. Ha ha

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:52pm
  13. Good!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:53pm
  14. wow! That’s pretty amazing and a bold statement!!!! :::changes all my shipping orders to UPS::: *doing cabbage patch*

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:53pm
  15. Go UPS

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:54pm
  16. the BSA is losing support! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:01pm
  17. Now I LOVE UPS

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:01pm
  18. What a bold move on the part of UPS. Got to admire them. They obviously have some very progressive and forward thinkers in the executive suite.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:11pm
  19. Awesome! First Intel and now UPS. If BSA does not change it’s ignorant policy they will soon go bankrupt.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:12pm
  20. They don’t want gay leaders in since they can pick out the pedophiles in a heartbeat. Who wants that? Really, no more free choice of victims. Boy Scout leaders as bad as Catholic priests.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
  21. We all need to give UPS a shout out for their bold statement!!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:44pm
  22. yah UPS!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 8:07pm
  23. good for UPS

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 8:09pm
  24. It’s about time companys stand up and say something and cease funding to any organization that denounce LGBTQ. YOU GO UPS :):):)

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 8:23pm
  25. No free ride for bigots (bigots are ruining this for the kids!).

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 8:38pm
  26. About time

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 8:41pm
  27. GOOD!!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 8:59pm
  28. SUPER….now, we need MORE companies to DO the samething.

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 9:19pm
  29. Thank you UPS!

    Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 9:30pm