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Help Akron Council Charities with Amazon Smile

posted Aug 9, 2014, 8:13 AM by Web Team

We have an opportunity to earn a 1/2 percent of anything you purchase on Amazon. Follow the link below and choose Akron Council Charities as your charity beneficiary. This does not change anything with your Amazon account other than we will get a 1/2% of your purchase as a donation to benefit the 501c3 entity of our council.

Thanks to our Chancellor Kevin Janezic for bringing this opportunity up.

Knights of Columbus Beautify Traffic Circle

posted Aug 8, 2014, 4:31 PM by Web Team

Knights of Columbus beautify traffic circle (West Side Leader - July 26, 2014)

Upcoming Virtus Training Schedule

posted Jul 6, 2014, 9:40 AM by Web Team   [ updated Aug 5, 2014, 7:05 AM ]

All Knights are now required to complete Virtus training to participate in any youth oriented activity. The following dates have been confirmed.

Thursday, August 7, 6:30-9:30pm at Sacred Heart in Wadsworth
Saturday, August 9, 9am-noon ay Queen of Heaven in Green
Sunday, August 17, 1-4pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Cuyahoga Falls
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30-9:30pm at St. Sebastian Zwilser Hall

These Knights of the Month have helped the council, neighborhood and disabled

posted Jun 5, 2014, 3:36 PM by Web Team   [ updated Jun 5, 2014, 3:39 PM ]

The St. Sebastian Knights of Columbus have honored three individuals for their hard work on behalf of Council 14255 and our community.

Mike Fallucco has been named the "Knight of the Month" for the month of April.

Ken Butler has been named the "Knight of the Month" for the month of May.

Patty Smith has been named the "Honorary Knight of the Month" for the month of June.

2014 Thrive and Drive

posted Apr 19, 2014, 8:01 PM by Web Team   [ updated Apr 21, 2014, 7:32 PM ]

Help support our Council by purchasing tickets for the 2014 Knights of Columbus Thrive and Drive Raffle. Only $10 per ticket for you chance to win.

Actual 2014 Chevrolet Sonic LS pictured

Vandevere Chevrolet is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Knights of Columbus Thrive and Drive Raffle

Hard-working Knights are Honored by Council 14255

posted Apr 5, 2014, 9:08 AM by Web Team   [ updated Jun 5, 2014, 3:40 PM ]

The St. Sebastian Knights of Columbus council has recognized two of its top volunteers as its “Knights of the Month” for March and April.

Matt Beaven has been named the "Knight of the Month" for the month of March.

Mike Fallucco has been named the "Knight of the Month" for the month of April.

Registration for the 4th Annual 5K Race Around the Park Open

posted Mar 30, 2014, 8:21 AM by Web Team

Registration for the 4th Annual 5K Race Around the Park and Family Fun Run is now open. Click on 5K RACE AROUND THE PARK to be one of the first to registration and take advantage of the Early Bird discount.

Answer the Call! Catholic Men's Fellowship Conference

posted Mar 6, 2014, 3:48 PM by Web Team

Answer the Call!
A Great Gathering of Men!
Catholic Men's Fellowship Conference Diocese of Cleveland

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School
18491 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44119

Come Bring Your Friends, Your Sons, Your Dad!

Register online at www.cmfneo.com or call 877-208-5585

Thirty Year Member is the KofC Knight of the Month

posted Feb 10, 2014, 7:13 PM by Web Team

Bruce Meyer has been named the "Knight of the Month" for the month of February.

New KofC Charitable Giving Accountability Standards

posted Feb 4, 2014, 7:35 PM by Web Team   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 7:36 PM ]

The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council has issued new standards to help local councils make prudent decisions about gift giving. The following statement from Supreme is being considered for adoption as a matter of council policy:

"To foster public confidence in the Order's charitable programs, promote transparency and accountability, 
encourage fair and honest solicitation practices at all levels of the organization, maximize the effectiveness of 
donations and promote ethical conduct, it is important that all Knights of Columbus entities, including related 
charitable corporations established by state councils, follow best practices when soliciting and receiving money 
for charitable purposes. 

As a fraternal benefit society, the Knights of Columbus, including all of its subordinate councils, is exempt 
from federal taxation under section 501 (c)(8) of the Internal Revenue Code. However, council officers should 
make clear that donations to any council are NOT deductible by the donor on his or her federal income tax 
return. Donors may only claim a tax deduction for contributions to charitable corporations that are tax exempt 
under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

The officers and directors of any Knights of Columbus organization that solicits and receives money for 
charitable purposes should ensure that the organization observes the following best practices, which are based 
on standards for charitable accountability established by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and 
the American Institute of Philanthropy: 
  1. Provide adequate oversight of the organization's operation and staff through regular appraisals, evidence of disbursement controls, establishment of a conflict of interest policy and accounting procedures to safeguard charity finances. 
  2. Dedicate at least 75 percent of the total amount collected to the cause for which the funds were raised. Spend no more than $25 to raise $100 in public support. 
  3. Maintain an "open book" status for disclosure of basic financial information and documents. Financial statements should include a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to the program, fund raising and administrative activities. 
  4. Avoid transactions in which any director, officer or staff member has a material conflict of interest with the organization. "Material conflict of interest" means not only personal financial gain in conflict with the duties owed to the organization by its directors, officers or staff members, but also conflicts arising from a director, officer or staff member's interest in or duty to another organization or person. In general, directors, officers and staff members shall neither seek to profit personally from their affiliations with the the interests of the organization, nor will they bring their personal interests into conflict or competition with the interests of the organization. 
  5. Disclose clearly how the organization benefits from the sale of products or services. 
  6. Adhere to all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations, including reporting of financial information. 
  7. Respond promptly to and act on complaints brought to the organization's attention about fund raising practices, privacy policy violations, or other issues. 
  8. Disburse as quickly as possible funds received from annual fund raising programs, and avoid accumulating funds that could be used for current program activities.
  9. Limit the amount of unrestricted assets available for future use to three times the size of the past year's expenses or three times the size of the current year's budget, whichever is higher, where total funds raised are not needed in a given year. As an example, a state council charitable fund that conducts an annual appeal and does not disburse all the funds raised within a year following the appeal should disburse those unused funds during the next subsequent year. An exception may occur when a multi-year fund drive is held for a specific cause with an established end date."

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