Chick-Fil-A, the food franchise long associated with conservative Christian causes, has announced it will no long donate to certain organizations known for opposing LGBT rights.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week that the chain's parent company will stop all donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes next year. The CEO made the announcement Monday.

The change is reportedly part of a revamp of the company's charity donation policy: the Chick-Fil-A foundation says it will now “deepen its giving to a smaller number of organizations" and intends to concentrate its giving in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.

Public reaction to the new policy has been mixed: socially conservative spokespersons and organizations have condemned the move, calling it "a capitulation to the progressive left," and a "surrender to anti-Christian hate groups."

Pro-gay rights groups and more progressive-minded organizations have responded with a combination of cautious optimism and skepticism.

[Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution]