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Catholic group donates a record $167.5 million

Published June 25, 2013 1:54 pm

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The Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic lay organization, set an "all-time record for charitable donations and service hours in 2012," according to a news release.

The Knights' "Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity" reported that for the year ending Dec. 31, 2012, "record amounts of money and hours — more than $167.5 million and 70 million hours — were donated to charitable causes."

The Knights' financial contribution in 2012 grew by more than $9.4 million from the previous year — to $167,549,817, the release said.

The number of volunteer service hours also rose by nearly 64,000 hours to 70,113,207 hours.

"Cumulative figures show that during the past decade the Knights of Columbus has donated $1.475 billion to charity," the report said, "and provided more than 673 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable initiatives."

Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, victims of natural disasters, area food banks, the economically disadvantaged and physically and intellectually disabled persons were among the recipients of the Knights' largesse. "Scholarships and educational support, as well as a variety of church and community projects were also prominent among the many initiatives sponsored by local K of C councils."

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, a New Haven parish priest. It has more than 1.8 million members throughout North and Central America, the Philippines, the Caribbean and Poland.

Peggy Fletcher Stack