Knights of Columbus 2013 Donations to Charity and Hours of Service Hit Record High


2013 was a record high for the Knights of Columbus.

The Catholic men’s organization gave record amounts of money and performed record amounts of service. They gave more than $170 million in donations. At the same time, the Knights themselves worked more than 70.5 million volunteer hours.

This money and work went to aid the shattered people of the Philippines after one-two punches of the Bohol earthquake in October 2013 and Typhoon Haiyan in November. The Knights were also here in Oklahoma, helping after the May 20 tornado, at the factory explosion in Texas and providing aid after the Boston Marathon bombing.

In the last 10 years, the Knights of Columbus has donated almost $1.5 billion to the needy while the Knights themselves worked 683 million volunteer hours.

From Catholic News Agency:

.- Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus set new records in donations and volunteer hours in 2013, continuing its long-standing service programs and responding to several natural disasters.

“Whether with funds or service, and whether quietly helping someone overcome a personal tragedy or assisting in the aftermath of a widely known humanitarian disaster, the outpouring of charity by our members produces meaningful results, especially by helping to bring peace of mind to those who find themselves in incredibly difficult situations,” Knights of Columbus head Carl Anderson said June 12.

The order gave more than $170 million in donations and its members worked more than 70.5 million volunteer hours last year, the Knights of Columbus said, citing its annual survey.

“Charity has been at the heart of the Knights’ mission for the past 132 years,” Anderson said.

  • Theodore Seeber

    My council just elected new officers last night, and remarked upon our great need for new recruits. The average age of Knights in my state is 59.

  • fredx2

    Well done.
    However, please change those hats.

    • hamiltonr


      • Theodore Seeber

        I think he means the Chapelle that the 4th Degree Honor Guard wears- which is reminiscent of 13th-14th century Spanish naval officer’s garb. We are after all the Knights of Columbus- that is Christopher Columbus.

        • hamiltonr

          So … did I use the wrong photo? Is that what everyone is getting at here?

          • Theodore Seeber

            The right photo would probably be the Emblem of the Order, as on the top of my council’s blog at , as it is the Third Degree that does most of the charitable work (the Fourth Degree Assemblies are more about Patriotism and of course, the color guard, of which that hat symbolizes).

            BTW, I just looked up my council’s form 1728, our pitiful contribution to the above totals was $2251 given to charity and 2622 hours of community service, plus 130 hours visiting those sick or in distress.

            Still, pretty good for a council with only 35 members.

            • hamiltonr

              That sounds excellent for 35 members. Congratulations on your service.

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    The local chapter here raises funds to buy wheelchairs for handicapped people in third world countries. We’ve bought about 20 so far.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    yes, those dreadful Catholics, enemies of modern values, tyrants by vocation, ever ready to burn heretics!