New Heights in Giving
Supreme Knight announces that Knights set records in donations and volunteer hours to state deputies.
In 2016 the Knights of Columbus again set records in its charitable giving and hours volunteered, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told Knights of Columbus jurisdiction leaders during the opening business session of the 2017 Organizational Meeting of State Deputies.
“We reached new heights in 2016,” the Supreme Knight said. According to the figures from the 2016 Fraternal Survey the Knights gave $177,500,673 in charitable donations. This is up from $175 million donated in 2015. In addition, the Knights volunteered 75,112,694 hours to charitable initiatives, up from the 2015 total of 73 million hours.
The top ten jurisdictions in charitable giving for 2016 were: Texas with $9.1 million, followed by California, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Ontario, Missouri, New York, New Jersey and Wisconsin.
The top ten in volunteer hours were Texas with 5.5 million hours, followed by Luzon North, Florida, California, Illinois, Luzon South, Ontario, Visayas, Pennsylvania and Quebec.
“I ask each of you, as state deputy, when you return to your jurisdictions to set as one of your priorities for next year to exceed what your jurisdiction did this year in volunteer hours and in charitable donations,” Supreme Knight Anderson said. “Challenge your councils to donate a dollar more a week, or five dollars more, or ten dollars more. And then ask them to do the same in volunteer hours. This will all add up to make a tremendous difference.