Aid to the Developmentally Disabled
The “flagship” charity of the Knights of Columbus has long been Support for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. In recent years, the Knights of Columbus have been recognized as a major corporate sponsor to the International Special Olympics with many local councils, including many in Ohio, that sponsor local events.
The primary fundraiser assisting those with developmental disabilities is our annual Measure Up Campaign. This fundraising effort raises approximately $370,000 for over 322 statewide and local caring agencies that sponsor a variety of training and support programs. Of the money collected, 80 percent is returned to the local councils for donating to their local agencies. The remaining 20 percent is used for statewide programs.
Five major fundraising areas/ideas
Since the big box stores are shutting us out, there are five major fundraising areas/ideas of our campaign and all local councils are encouraged to participate in as many as possible even if you run them between June and December. These include:
State Deputy Corporate Letter
Contact State Deputy Robert Byers (email@example.com) and give him the store name, corporate or store manager and the address and zip. He will send out a State K of C letter asking for their support and contact will be made with your council so you can follow up after the letter is sent.
The Gimme Five Campaign
This activity solicits $5.00 (or more) from our members to underwrite campaign expenses. Financial Secretaries send the “Gimme Five” flyers (emailed to you) with the Council membership dues notices. Those who contribute will receive a special “Gimme-Five Club” sticker (sent) affixed to their membership card.
Local Business Campaign
Local area businesses as well as Knights and Parishioners who have businesses are contacted through a general mailing campaign or a hand-written letter from the GK. You solicit a financial contribution explain in the cover letter how these business contributions will assist those with mental disabilities in their community.
Your council funds for Measure Up can be raised with a fundraising activity sponsored by the local council, IDEAS include: After a weekend’s Masses AND/OR using the Parish Sunday Collection envelope (see sample above-make adjustments as needed i.e. your council & #). Plan now to have a council-sponsored program that will raise council donations, even if you hold it between June and December.
The Traditional Street Collection
The most familiar and easy way to raise funds for Measure Up has been soliciting from the general public on the street in the community OR after a weekend’s Masses. Contact local merchants or your Pastor for permission and solicit the help of members to collect funds on the street or after Masses for Measure Up. Rulers should be provided as a token of appreciation for donors.