Fifth Third Bank has announced that it’s reversing a previous decision to stop donating to a Florida school voucher program due to the beliefs of some of the participating religious schools on issues such as homosexuality and transgenderism.
Last month, Fifth Third Bank and Wells Fargo decided to quit donating to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which is administered in part by Step Up for Students, following an Orlando Sentinel report noting that some of the schools involved in the program held biblical views on LGBT issues.
In a statement released last Friday, Fifth Third Bank explained that it was reversing its earlier decision to halt their donations after meeting with representatives of the AAA Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit that helps to oversee the program.
Following what it described as a “thorough review and evaluation of the program,” Fifth Third said it could support the program once AAA implemented two mutually agreed upon changes.
“AAA has agreed to develop a roadmap to help parents navigate the school selection and application process. This roadmap will include identifying issues parents may wish to consider in choosing a school and informing parents about how they may access school-specific information or policies,” stated the company.
“Additional oversight through an annual meeting with AAA leadership to provide Fifth Third with an opportunity to assess the program and the impact our investment is having in the lives of students, and to ensure our expectation of transparency is being fulfilled.”
Fifth Third also championed its past involvement in the program, noting that for the past three years, they have given “millions of dollars in scholarships through the program directly to 2,500 students and their families so that they could attend the participating school of their choice.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski