Knights of Columbus Sets New Records for Charitable Contributions
Knights Donate $151 Million and 69 Million Service Hours
The Knights of Columbus announced that it set new all-time records for charitable donations and volunteer service hours in 2009.
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson released the results of the Catholic fraternal organization’s annual survey in a presentation to its board of directors and state leaders, meeting at its international headquarters.
The results of the Knights’ annual Survey of Fraternal Activity for the year ending December 31, 2009, indicate that total charitable contributions reached $151,105,867 – exceeding the previous year’s total by more than $1 million.
The figure includes $34,627,530 donated by the Supreme Council, and $116,477,971 in contributions from the organization’s state and local affiliates.
The survey also indicated that the quantity of volunteer service hours to charitable causes by Knights grew to 69,251,926 – an increase of 468,291 hours compared to the 2008 total. There were more than 413,000 Knights of Columbus blood donations during the year and, among the most common service programs, Habitat for Humanity received 227,900 K of C volunteer hours.
Cumulative figures show that during the past decade, the Knights of Columbus has donated more than $1.367 billion to charity, and provided nearly 640 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable initiatives.