The Knights of Columbus step up for Iraqi refugees–and so can we

A reader writes:

I just wanted to let you and your readers know that the Knights of Columbus has set up a relief fund to help the Christians and other religious minorities who are being brutally persecuted in Iraq. 100% of all money donated will go to relief efforts. The Supreme Council has pledged $500,000 and will match donations up to another $500,000. If anyone wants to do a work of mercy and pledge some money to the relief effort, more information can be found at

http://www.kofc.org/en//index.html

I love these matching gift thingies:  More Dinner for the Dinar!

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  • kirthigdon

    Good for the KofC! The Catholic Near East Welfare Association is also a way to contribute to support Iraqi Christians. Speaking as someone who sponsored Assyrian Chaldean Catholics from Iran as immigrants to the US during the Iran/Iraq war, I am certainly willing to sponsor Iraqi immigants.
    Kirt Higdon

  • Cypressclimber

    Proud to be a Knight…

  • Linebyline

    I don’t understand the matching gift thing. I mean, if you’ve got that money and you’re willing to donate it anyway, why not just donate it and be done with it? Especially since there’s usually a limit.

    Of course, when it usually bugs me is when it’s companies promising to donate ten cents for every bag of chips or bottle of shampoo or whatever, up to so many thousand bucks. It’s really more an advertising investment than anything else, because that donation is a drop in the bucket compared to what they’ll make off people who think part of their purchase is going to help out the cause long after the cap is reached.

    The Knights aren’t selling shampoo or chips as far as I know, so I’m sure their motives are more pure than Buy-N-Large’s. But I still don’t get the mechanics of it.

    • chezami

      Because the point is to inspire generosity in others.

    • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

      I’ll bet studies have shown that “matching gift” campaigns raise more money than if the donor just gave the other half and the organization begged.


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