June 2015 Council Scorecard Update:
July 18, 2014 [revised 7/29/2015]
Who Are the Knights of Columbus?
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
What Are Our Principles?
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.
What Are Our Activities?
From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action.
During 2012, in addition to raising and donating more than $167.5 million to charitable needs and projects, Knights volunteered more than 70 million hours of their time to charitable causes. These figures represent an increase of 6% and 0.1% respectively over 2011 figures. We undertake these acts of charity because we see those in need through the eyes of faith. Moreover, in the Knights of Columbus, we approach these acts of charity together. Pope Benedict XVI calls this the “practice of love...as a community.”
Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other purely local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless.
If you’d like to be a part of an international organization of more than 1.8 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need, we'd like to meet you and invite you to join us.
The Knights’ annual Survey of Fraternal Activity for the year ending Dec. 31, 2012, indicated that, despite the economy remaining soft, total charitable contributions reached $167,549,817 – exceeding the previous year’s total by more than $9.4 million.
The figure includes $30,947,974 donated by the Supreme Council, and $136,601,843 in contributions from state and local councils, assemblies and Squires circles.
Forty-Five percent of the contributions were for projects at the community level, many involving youth activities. Large donations during the period included $250,000 by Supreme Council and $3,308,796 by state and local councils for Special Olympics as well as $1,593,000 by Supreme Council and $4,477,120 by state and local councils for the support and promotion of religious vocations.
The survey also indicated that the quantity of volunteer service hours to charitable causes by Knights grew to 70,113,207– an increase of 63,774 hours compared to 2011. There were 423,575 Knights of Columbus blood donations during the year.
Cumulative figures show that during the past decade, the Knights of Columbus has donated $1.5 billion to charity, and provided more than 673 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable initiatives.
Score Card: St. Francis of Assisi
Knights of Columbus Council 15240
True to the principles of the Knights of Columbus, our members have volunteered many hours of service to our parish and community, have been active participants in our parish, and have conducted fund raisers in order to make various charitable and humanitarian donations.
2013 Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity: Volunteer Hours
Number of visits made during 2013 to:
Sick – caring for sick / nursing homes / hospitals...... 1745
Bereaved – visits of condolence ............................. 128
Number of times served as a blood donor during 2013 ... 136
Estimated hours of community volunteer service during 2013
Church Activities – service in all Church related activities ... 4646
Community Activities – service in all community related activities ... 2862
Youth Activities – service in all youth related activities ... 1118
Habitat for Humanity – service in all related projects ... 466
Culture of Life Activities – service in all related activities ... 479
Miscellaneous Activities – service in areas not outlined above ... 994
Number of hours of fraternal service during 2013:
Sick/disabled members and their families – household chores, transportation, tutoring, counselling, etc. ... 2048
Total Hours ... 12,613
What do we do in the parish?
In the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Community, members of our council can been seen serving as:
- Your pastor, Father Larry, several of the Deacons, Hospitality Ministers, Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers of Communion, Choir members, hand bell choir members, altar servers
- Volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul, members of meal preparation and delivery teams at Mobil Loaves and Fishes, gardeners keeping our parish grounds beautiful, workers helping to build the parish Habitat for Humanity house, workers at the annual parish festival, planners and attendees at parish dances and other parish social events
- Attendees, members, and/or participants in parish organizations and their events, such as Men’s Club, Women’s Council, Silver Stars, Music Ministry, Boy Scouts
Where do the profits from the fund raisers go?
INCOME. During the past 3 ¼ years, April 2011 through June 2014, about 76% of the council’s revenues have come from fund raisers. The remainder is from sources such as, dues, assessments, donations, purchase by members of Knights of Columbus logo items (shirts, caps, etc.), Fifty:Fifty raffle split (at meetings).
EXPENSES. The expenses of the fund raisers are about 51% of our total expenses. The profits of these fund raisers represent about 34% of the funds raised.
DISBURSEMENT OF FUND RAISERS PROFITS. The council has donated more than 98+% of the profits to various charitable and humanitarian causes.
Charitable Contribution Categories
Aid to Brother Knights, others in Need, etc. [ $1,145.58 3.6% ]
American Wheel Chair Mission [not weekend drives] [ $737.61 2.3% ]
Community Support Activities [ $4,842.15 15.3% ]
Cash Contributions to Parish [$13,790.11 43.6% ]
Local Pro-Life Support [AWC, SACFL] [ $1,900.00 6.0% ]
Seminarian Support-Assumption Seminary [ $2,500.00 7.9% ]
Local Special Olympics Support [ $800.00 2.5% ]
National Catholic Advertising [$318.25 1.0% ]
National Culture of Life [ $838.50 2.7% ]
Texas State Council Charities [ $4048.18 12.8% ]
Youth Activities [ $180.00 0.6% ]
Youth Missionaries Support [ $500.00 1.6% ]
Total $31,600.38 100.0% Charitable Contributions