Iowa Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation
At the 2004 Iowa State Council of Knights of Columbus Convention a resolution was submitted by council #2021 (Estherville) and passed for the Establishment of the Iowa Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation to qualify and be operated and amended as allowed under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, thereby allowing donors to make tax-deductible gifts to such a charitable foundation, and agreed to participate in helping fund the Foundation. The Foundation is made up of 4 Funds — Unrestricted Fund (General Fund), Helping Hands Fund, Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Fund, and Vocations and Catholic Education Fund.
The officers of the Foundation from left to right are President, Dave Bellendier PSD; Vice President, Mike Laake PSD; Secretary, John McGinnis; and Treasurer, Tom Wittrock PSD. The Board of Directors consists of all Past State Deputies living in the State of Iowa along with the Iowa State K of C Executive board.
Our goal is to raise $200,000 by the end of this fraternal year. With a small percentage of Councils participating last year, we had $8500 in the Helping Hand Fund. This amount is available for individual grants deemed worthy by a Knights of Columbus Council, Assembly or District Deputy. Grand Knights, Faithful Navigators and District Deputies can request a form to start the process for a grant by contacting PSD Tom Wittrock at (641) 427-5741 , or at 770 310th Street, Bagley, IA 50026-8014.
Send a check to payable to the Iowa KC Charitable Foundation:
Iowa KC Charitable Foundation to
c/o Mr.Tom Wittrock
770 310th Street
Bagley, IA 50026-8014
The Foundations first grant request of $300 was granted to the Chad, Carrie and Alec Gotto family of council #2001 (Farley) to help cover the devastating doctor and hospital bills which keep mounting for their little son. On August 18, 2006 Alec was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (TM), a neurological syndrome caused by inflammation of the spinal cord. TM is uncommon but not rare. Symptoms of TM develop rapidly over several hours to several weeks. The spinal cord carries motor nerve fibers to the limbs and trunk and sensory fibers from the body back to the brain. Inflammation within the spinal cord interrupts these pathways and causes the common presenting symptoms of TM, which include limb weakness, sensory disturbance, bowel and bladder dysfunction, back pain and radicular pain. This explains why Alec cannot move his arms or legs. However, he is still able to look around the room for Mom and Dad!
We Need Your Help
The Iowa K of C’s Charitable Foundation is in need of your help. The Mission Statement of the Foundation is to ensure permanent funds for Religious Vocations, Catholic Education, Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, and to help our Brother Knights and other families in Iowa. Fourteen per cent of our Councils participated last year, which enables us to start granting funds to individuals in need of help. At a past convention your delegates passed a resolution to establish the Foundation and agreed to participate in helping fund the Foundation. This is where your Councils and Assemblies can help and "Make It Happen". We are again asking each Council and Assembly to contribute to the Foundation. The Board of Directors of the Foundation has established a program that will allow Councils and Assemblies to earn a certificate during the 2008 & 2009 fraternal years. When a Council or Assembly donates, a certificate will be earned.
Example: Councils with 100 members who donate $300 will earn a gold certificate. Membership will be based on the Supreme Roster sent out at the start of the New Year (July Roster) for all members.