The Sask K of C Charitable Foundation would like to thank our Councils and membership for their ongoing generosity and support. Our Foundation has achieved over $3.5 million in assets. Total donations for 2017 have reached a total of $203,002.00 with 77 Councils or 54% of total Councils having made a donation. We are very pleased with the total contributions, however, it would be very re-warding to see 100% Council participation and support. To view the donation totals of all Councils, view our website www.saskkofcfoundation.com and hit “Council Targets” on the Home page. The Foundation provides financial assistance to projects and organizations that support our Catholic faith as well as improve the quality of life for the less fortunate within our communities. Applications for requesting funding through our annual grant program can be found on our website. Closing date for applications is January 15th, 2018. We ask that you make qualifying organizations within your community aware.
The Foundation also partners with Councils in raising funds for specific individual needs through Contingency Projects throughout the year.
We are proud to offer fourteen $1000.00 Bursaries in support of post secondary education each year. The Adrienne & Mervyn Welter Education Endowment provides three $1,000.00 Bursaries to each of our Catholic Universities (St. Peter’s – Muenster; St Tomas Moore – Saskatoon; Campion – Regina). The Foundation also offers a $1,000.00 Bursary to a student at each of the four Sask Polytechnic Campus (Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Prince Albert). This year we are also introducing a Bursary for a student enrolled at St. Teresa College in Bruno.
Applicants for every Bursary must be either a Knight, spouse, child or grandchild of a Knight of Columbus. Unfortunately we have not had sufficient applications in the past to award all Bursaries. Please ensure that your child or grandchild is aware that these applications can be found on each University &/or Sask Polytechnic website.
Memorial donations to the Foundation are an excellent method of expressing sympathy of loss of a loved one to the family. If the family indicates the Foundation as a “Charity of Choice” on their obituary, envelops should be available at the funeral home. Otherwise, send the donation to the Foundation and please include the name of the deceased together with the name and address of the spouse or next of Kin. Upon receipt of the donation, the deceased member’s name will be placed on our website for a year and included within our Memorial Mass celebration. The Foundation will also for-ward a certificate to the spouse or next of kin indicating that you and/or your Council has made a do-nation (no amount is shown) and a mass will be offered on their behalf. In support of Memorial donations, the State Convention in 2017 approved a Resolution that each Council will provide a $100.00 Memorial donation to the Sask K of C Foundation in the name of each member that passes away within their Council.
Endowments are an excellent vehicle to create a legacy in the name of your family or as a memorial for a deceased family member. Each year, the family that establishes the Endowment can direct the earnings to their recipient of choice as part of the Grant allocation process. Please contact our office or any Board of Director if you wish further information.
As we celebrate Christ’s entry into the world, may we be ever mindful of the needs of others. May you and your family enjoy a very Merry Blessed and Safe Christmas Season.
The Sask K of C Charitable Foundation Appreciation Gala was held in Humboldt on November 18th, 2017. The Board of Directors were very pleased that a capacity crowd, with representation from throughout the province, were in attendance at the event.
The evening began with a Memorial Mass Celebration at St. Peters Cathedral in Muenster. Sask K of C Foundation Chaplain Father Tonny Dizy was the main celebrant for this special celebration dedicated to the memory of those remembered through the Memorial Donation program offered by the Charitable Foundation.
The attendees then moved to St Augustine’s Hall in Humboldt for the banquet.
Following dinner, guest speaker Father Warren Dungen, Pastor St. Josephat Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kamsack shared his experiences entering the Seminary later in life as a married man. He expressed his sincere gratitude for the support that the Sask K of C Charitable Foundation and our donors provided during his term within the Seminary.
Harvey Granatier, Sask K of C Charitable Foundation President & CEO then expressed appreciation to all donors in attendance on behalf of the Board of Directors. He also presented appreciation awards to donors of the three most recent Endowment Funds:
- Marty & Clare Schneider Family Endowment
- John & Beatrice Sidloski Family Endowment
- Father Tonny Dizy & Father Gary Kuntz Indigenous Non Indigenous Relations Endowment
The evening concluded with fraternity and socializing among the attendees.
You have probably heard that a recent Court decision ruled that it is discriminatory for the Saskatchewan Government to provide funding for non-Catholic students attending a Catholic School – that Court decision is better known as the Theodore School Court Case.
The Saskatchewan Catholic School Board Association (SCSBA), on behalf of all Catholic Schools in Saskatchewan, has been directly involved and was the first party to initiate an appeal of that Court Decision. SCSBA is now one of several parties appealing the decision. SCSBA anticipates that whatever the decision of the Court of Appeal, it will be referred further, to the Supreme Court of Canada.
To fund the costs of all of the legal fees that will be incurred, the SCSBA will be launching a fundraising campaign tomorrow morning. We would ask all Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Councils and members to support the fundraising campaign in any and all ways that they can.
Below is a 6 page document that provide more information about the SCSBA Fundraising Campaign.
As further information, the Government of Saskatchewan supported by the official opposition is one of the parties that also appealed the Theodore School Court decision. The Government has also introduced legislation to enact the Constitutional “Not-Withstanding” clause.
If you have any questions/concerns/suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus