Intel Set to Deny Boy Scouts Funding over LGBT Policy
Tech giant Intel is threatening to pull its yearly donations to Oregon Boy Scouts of America troops over the national youth non-profit’s anti-homosexual discrimination policy.
When an Intel employee volunteers with any organization, the chip-making giant donates $10 per volunteer hour. Intel’s 17,000 employees working in the Pacific Northwest make a large impact on many non-profits – including the BSA. However, starting this year, Intel has decided it will no longer make donations to groups that do not match their own anti-discrimination policy, which protects LGBT employees.
This stands in stark contrast to the Boy Scouts’ well-documented anti-homosexual policy.
From the BSA website:
“While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.”
The BSA’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”-like policy has sparked numerous online controversies and campaigns, but the organization has always stood steadfast on its decision to deny membership to open members of the LGBT community, and expel those who come out while in the program.
In a story from Oregon Live, Deron Smith, spokesman for Boy Scouts of America said, “We fully understand and appreciate that not everyone will agree with any one position or policy; however, we believe a strong partnership does not require full agreement on every societal issue.”
Intel’s own reporting shows about $170,000 were donated to the BSA last year as part of their volunteer program. Though Intel has stayed fairly quiet compared to other tech companies when it comes to politics, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many other economic power houses have made known contributions to LGBT issues like same-sex marriage.
Will this dent in funding alter the BSA’s discriminatory policy? Probably not. But it’s always great to see a corporate giant become a public friend to LGBT folks.
UPDATE: Earlier today, UPS announced its descision to also no longer fund non-profit groups that have nondescrimination policies out of line with their own – This means further cuts from the BSA’s revenue stream.
Also, The American Independent has this great graph showing the amounts of funds the BSA receives from certain groups. Notice the massive amount Intel accounts for.
While its hard NOT to buy a computer or phone with an Intel chip inside, does this change your outlook on the company? Would you seek one out the next time you buy a computer? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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