The Walt Disney Company on Saturday announced that starting next year it would end funding to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

The company said that the BSA's policy banning openly gay adults is behind the decision.

Disney does not directly donate to the BSA but volunteer workers are given cash to donate to charity.

Employees participating in the company's VoluntEARS program will no longer be allowed to give the money to the Boy Scouts, CNN reported.

BSA spokesman Deron Smith called the decision “disappointing.”

“We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience, and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids,” Smith said in a statement. “America's youth need Scouting, and by continuing to focus on the goals that unite us, we continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.”

A policy allowing gay scouts to participate took effect on January 1. However, the group's ban on openly gay adults continues.

Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and co-founder of Scouts for Equality, applauded the move.

“We're never happy to see Scouting suffer as a result of the BSA's anti-gay policy, but Disney made the right decision to withhold support until Scouting is fully inclusive,” Wahls said in a statement.