Are Donations to the Knights of Columbus Tax Deductible?

The Knights of Columbus is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Donations to the Knights of Columbus may be tax-deductible depending on what the money goes towards.

This post is provided for general information only. Please confirm the details and circumstances of your unique situation with your tax accountant or other appropriate advisor before taking action.

What Donations are Tax-Deductible

The national Knights of Columbus organization operates the Knights of Columbus Charities fund. Knights of Columbus Charities is the registered 501(c)(3) organization that allows donations to be tax deductible.

When you donate towards the Charities fund, those donations are deductible.

What Donations Are Not Deductible

Money that stays locally to benefit you or other members is generally not deductible. This can include:

  • Membership dues
  • Social or sports events
  • Raffles, bingo, lotteries, or similar activities
  • Insurance or other products

If you pay above the market value with the portion of the proceeds going towards the Charities fund or another qualified charity, the portion above the market value may be deductible.

Example: You pay $100 for a round of golf that normally costs $50. $50 is not deductible. $50 is deductible if the proceeds go to a qualified charity.

Volunteering Expenses

If you have expenses while volunteering, including car expenses or other unreimbursed expenses, you may be able to deduct those expenses. Again, the volunteer work would need to be for a charity. Volunteering for a social event with no charitable purpose would not qualify.

For more details, see IRS Publication 526. If your local council needs a better way to track its money so members can qualify for deductions, check out these accounting software options.

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