California’s Exceptional Fraternal Benefit – California Columbian Charities provides assistance to Brothers who are suffering financial hardship.
In 1955 the State Council created California Columbian Charities, Inc. The charity is dedicated to assisting California Brothers in financial distress, including their widows. For over sixty years we have consistently worked to provide CHARITY, the first principle of our Order and to fulfill Father McGivney’s mandate of BROTHER HELPING BROTHER.
During the past six decades we have responded to over 2200 requests for assistance from Brother Knights in California and have given more than $3,200,000 in relief.
If you know of a Brother who is in need of assistance please ask his council’s Grand Knight to contact the California State Council office for Charity application forms. See the following instruction page for details.
In 2017 Columbian Charities assisted 54 Brothers,
their widows and families with almost $140,000 in aid.
We need your generous charitable and fraternal support to continue assisting Brothers in distress.
The 365 Club and the Parade of Grand Knights are the primary means of raising funds for California Columbian Charities. We ask that every Brother in California join the 365 Club and donate a penny a day – either by adding an additional $3.65 (or more) to their dues payment, or by a cash donation at council meetings. The council should hold these funds until May when they can be brought to the State Convention and the Parade of Grand Knights.
If your Council is presently requesting its Brothers to join the 365 Club, we ask all Brothers to donate and join. If not, we ask your Council’s Financial Secretary to introduce your Brothers to the 365 Club by adding an additional line to the dues billing statement (including those sent to non-dues paying Honorary Members): “365 Club – Please add a $3.65 donation to California Columbian Charities.” This will provide every Brother in your Council an opportunity to practice charity, unity and fraternity.
All Councils, Chapters and Assemblies making a donation to our charity will receive an Award Ribbon. We hope that 100% of the active Councils in California participate and contribute.
If a council misses the convention it should not overlook its donation. Please mail all council and personal checks (payable to Californian Columbian Charities) to the above address. The donations can be sent at any time.
Although the 365 Club and Parade of Grand Knights involve only one donation a year at the State Convention, further donations are appreciated by Columbian Charities and by your Brothers in distress.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
God Bless you for your support of the 365 Club / California Columbian Charities. You should be proud of the assistance that you have provided for your Brother Knights and their families.
Charity begins at home – BROTHER HELPING BROTHER
CALIFORNIA COLUMBIAN CHARITIES, INC.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR GRAND KNIGHTS.
HOW TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.
Q. Who is eligible to obtain assistance?
A. Any member of a California Council with at least twelve months good standing who is in
need of temporary assistance, and the widows and orphans of such members.
Q. How can California Columbian Charities help a Brother in need of assistance?
A. By issuing one-time grants to help relieve serious financial distress due to unemployment,
sickness, family medical and hospital bills, overdue rent or mortgage payments, food,
clothing, losses due to fire, flood or earthquake. The Charity’s mission is to provide the
Brother and his family with their basic necessities. No grants will be issued if the Brother
has other financial options, nor will a grant be issued to reduce debt.
Q. What is the first step to obtain aid for a Brother?
A. If you know of a Brother who is in need of assistance please notify his council’s Grand
Knight. Only the Grand Knight can obtain an application from the California State
We are approaching the time when each council will submit their STSP-CA packages for the awards at the State Convention in San Diego. Keep in mind that the packages MUST be postmarked by April 1st, 2019. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS! --
Due to the awards grading process, we will ONLY accept paper submission. No email submissions will be accepted. Please mail your original paperwork to the appropriate Activities Program Chairman. Also mail or email a copy of all submissions to the State Program Director. Finally all submissions for the Financial Secretary of the Year and the District Deputy Award needs to be sent to the State Awards Chairman.