The Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record last year for charitable donations and service hours with $173,550,680 in donations and more than 71.5 million hours of service. The numbers were announced at the annual Organizational Meeting of State Deputies in New Haven.
The number of service hours rose more than a million hours over the previous year’s total, according to the Knights of Columbus Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity for the year ending Dec. 31, 2014. Donations grew by more than $3.4 million since 2013, achieving an increase in giving for the 15th consecutive year. “These numbers show that the Knights of Columbus has the courage to make a witness to charity and to practice fraternal outreach to those in need,” Supreme Knight Anderson said. Among its major donations in 2014, the Knights of Columbus made a gift of $1.4 million to this summer’s Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The funds cover the cost of transportation, housing and meals for the athletes, supplementing the K of C state jurisdiction’s individual support to the Special Olympics athletes.