Good Knight! The Knights of Columbus is a formidable volunteer group, boasting about 14,000 councils made up of 1.8 million Roman Catholic male members in the US, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, the Philippines, Poland, and several other countries. The organization is also a force to be reckoned with in the insurance world, providing life insurance, annuities, and long-term care insurance to its members and their families. In addition, the group manages the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Connecticut, featuring exhibits of religious art and history. The Knights of Columbus was founded in New Haven by Father Michael J. McGivney in 1882 and has been selling insurance since its founding.
The Knights of Columbus comprises more than 14,000 local councils throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S.Virgin Islands. It also has councils in the Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, and Saipan.
The Knights of Columbus is also engaged in religious education, the support of public policy issues (including immigration reform, marriage protection, opposing abortion), and charitable activities, such as disaster relief. Indeed, The Gulf States relief efforts led the Knights to a record year of charitable giving, with more than 64 million hours and $139 million dollars donated overall. Also, the organization underwrote the cost of restoration work done on the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery in 2010.
During the past decade the charity has raised more than $1.4 billion. Total charitable contributions totaled $154.6 million in 2011, exeeding 2010's total by more than $3.4 million. – less