Bil Browning

Target Changes Corporate Donations Policy

Filed By Bil Browning | February 18, 2011 8:30 AM | comments

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Tags: corporate donations, policy committee, Target

From the Washington Blade comes news that Target is changing their corporate giving policies. They set up a "policy committee" to advise the CEO on which political activities to fund. target-logo-2.jpgThey did not say they'd stop meddling in politics thanks to the Citizens United ruling.

Carlson said Target changed its political giving policy because the company realized there was an opportunity "to evolve" its practices.
Asked whether Target's contributions to MN Forward were a factor in this change, Carlson replied, "Well, this has been an evolution, and so based on just generally the 2010 election cycle, we made some changes."

...One source familiar with the changes, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Target consulted with some LGBT rights advocates on the change.

Carlson added Target has "a long history" of supporting the LGBT community through political giving, volunteerism and event sponsorship.

For example, Carlson said the retail chain donated to Project 515, a Minnesota LGBT group, and this year saw many team members volunteer at Creating Change, an LGBT rights conference hosted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.

I'll admit that I've not been honoring the Target boycott and I don't know many people who are/were. Does this change your mind? Would you join a boycott since Target has defiantly said they'll continue to donate to campaigns and causes? Or is this enough to get you shopping there again?

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I have not been to Target since all of this came up because I do not want to support those who donate to people/things who are anti-LGBT. I have plenty of other options and do not miss them at all. I like Target and I know they do a lot of good things too but I am not sure what the changes above will mean yet. So, I hope to one day feel confortable shopping there. But to know that so many of their leaders gave to Prop 8 and other things against us makes it hard to want to shop there. And Bil I am surprised you have not boycotted, but everyone has to decide on their own. No judgement to you but I just can't give money to them knowing it may end up in the fight against us. Nope!

Haven't been shopping there nor at Best Buy and won't start now. Heck, we're still boycotting the Darden restaurant chains and that was ages ago. I don't care how much they "reform". Once you lose me you aren't getting me back.

Boycotts are an economic luxury which I am not in a financial position to afford.

"I'll admit that I've not been honoring the Target boycott and I don't know many people who are/were."

Are you kidding me?

YES, my partner and I have honored this boycott. In America, money is power, and I'm not giving Target a dime. We go to any other store BUT Target.

Shame on you for shopping at this place. SHAME!

My partner and I have been observing the boycott for a while now. I figure it's worth paying a few cents more for paper towels (and using a few less) on a matter of principle than it is to pretend this doesn't matter.

My lady and I haven't been at Target since this all came down. We won't be back, until/unless we see some real change in their "corporate giving policies". And an advisory committee does not a real change make.