ATLANTA - The UPS Foundation says it will no longer give grants to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group excludes gays and lesbians from being scouts or scout leaders.
The philanthropic arm of the Atlanta-based shipping giant made the change after an online petition protesting the foundation's annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures.
The UPS Foundation gave more than $85,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2011, according to its federal tax return.
A UPS spokeswoman says groups applying for the grants will have to adhere to the same standards UPS does. The company says it does not discriminate against anyone based on race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.