|Type||501(c)(3) private foundation|
|Tax ID no.||58-1595471 (EIN)|
|Key people||Robert Skelton, Executive Director
S. Truett Cathy, President
Donald Cathy, Vice President
|Revenue||$26.1 million (2010)|
|2010 Grants and Contributions|
|Fellowship of Christian Athletes||$480,000|
|Marriage & Family Foundation||$1,188,380|
|National Christian Foundation||$247,500|
|Atlanta Fest Foundation||$65,000|
|Family Research Council||$1,000|
|Helping Hands Ministries Inc||$30,000|
|National Institute of Marriage||$37,000|
|The Hideaway Foundation||$25,000|
|Care for AIDS||$1,000|
|Center for Relational Care||$9,895|
|Georgia Family Council||$2,500|
|Georgia Public Policy Foundation||$1,000|
|Heritage Christian Church||$7,500|
|Leadership Development Intl.||$10,000|
|Lifegate Counseling Center||$1,000|
|Paulding Pregnancy Services||$1,000|
|Resurrection Lutheran Church||$2,500|
|New Mexico Christian Foundation||$54,000|
The WinShape Foundation is an American charitable organization founded in 1982 by Jeanette and Truett Cathy, the latter having founded the fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A. WinShape's sister foundation, Lifeshape, was started by the Cathy's daughter and husband, Trudy and John White.
After its 1983 school year, Berry College (1902-present) closed its affiliated middle and high school operations at their financially struggling Berry Academy, forming the WinShape Foundation in 1984. As a separate non-profit foundation WinShape focused on a small college scholarship program housed in the former Berry Academy buildings. Subsequently a boys and girls summer camp were each added and foundation programs expanded to include foster homes, a challenge/ropes course, corporate and marriage retreats, and United States as well as global mission trips.
In 2007, the Foundation's spent $18 million on the projects it supports, which include college scholarships, a network of foster homes and camps, and programs for marriage counseling.
The WinShape scholarship currently provides students at Berry College $8,000 yearly – funded jointly by WinShape and Berry College. These funds replace the first $8,000 of any academic scholarships offered by the college and require a special application and interview process. The program originated with only several dozen students and offered a total of $10,000 over four years. Today, WinShape currently has over 400 college students enrolled per year, with over 800 alumni in just over 20 years.
The requirement details of the scholarship program have varied since its inception. Eligibility originally required current Chick-fil-A employment, high achievement and community involvement in high school, and a willingness to sign a contract including Christianity-based rules. Employment by Chick-fil-A is no longer a requirement, but the Christian-based nature of WinShape is perhaps stronger today than ever; the current contract specifies weekly meeting attendance, leadership discussion group participation, community service, and a fundamentalist Christian lifestyle, including abstaining from alcohol and drugs. Beginning in 2006, freshmen and transfer students were required to attend a week-long orientation camp known as FreshThing.
As of 2009, the foundation had awarded 951 Berry College scholarships with a maximum of $32,000 per student. 
After inception of the college program in 1984, and wanting its campus to be used also during summer months, Cathy co-founded a summer camp (1985) for boys and girls (1987) with Rick Johnson who had previously worked at North Carolina's Camp Ridgecrest, where Cathy's children had earlier attended. Modeled after Ridgcreest, the new camp was designed as a sports camp with a Christian emphasis using Native American (Indian) themes to structure acheivement. Age groups are organized into "tribes" where campers achieve a hierarchy of "Indian ranks" based on good behavior and demonstration of virtue. Top ranks are "Little Chief" for boys and "Black Comanche" for girls.
After 25 years of sponsoring camp programs in the United States, in 2009 WinShape Camps started Camp in Brasília, Brazil. In 2010, WinShape Camps went back to Brazil to do week-long day camps around the capital city.
S. Truett Cathy began a foster home in 1987 near the WinShape Centre on Berry College's campus. This home was designed for up to seventeen children and had full-time parents to take care of them. Out of this effort, several other foster homes have been birthed so that as of December 2007 there were 11 WinShape foster homes in the United States—eight in Georgia, one in Alabama, and two in Tennessee—as well as one in Brazil.
WinShape Center is located near the hilltop campus of Berry College and more specifically at the adjacent former middle and high school campus of the Berry Academy. Once owned by Martha Berry, the site had once been home to a dairy farm with buildings originally constructed in the architectural style of Normandy, France. After founding WinShape, the academy buildings were remodeled and new buildings were added to create the resort. The new retreat center hosts meetings and fund raising events, with over 8000 guests annually. Donald (a.k.a. Bubba) and Cindy Cathy conduct marriage counseling programs at the center, aimed at those with healthy marriages to those actively considering divorce.
Started in 1991, WinShape Wilderness uses various techniques such as field games and ropes courses to encourage team-building and help organizations and groups work through issues and experience an improved sense of community.
WinShape International is an organization that inspires Chick-fil-A operators and other leaders in the Chick-fil-A community to support leadership programs for young people globally. WinShape International uses Chick-fil-A's SERVE model of leadership as a platform to help train young people to become servant-focused leaders.
Since 2003, WinShape has donated over $5 million to several anti-gay groups, including Eagle Forum, Focus on the Family, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Family Research Council, Exodus International and the Marriage & Family Legacy Fund. Approximately $2 million was given in 2009 and almost the same amount in 2010. WinShape's financial support of these groups has caused gay-rights advocates to denounce Chick-fil-A and protest against its restaurants and products on various college and university campuses including Northeastern University and NYU. Northeastern University's Student Senate voted on February 28, 2012 to cancel plans for an on-campus Chick-Fil-A restaurant and an online petition against the NYU franchise was also launched that same month.
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