Ed Feeney and Ted Glaser, Chairmen

The 49th Annual Drive will be held
September 20-21-22, 2019

The Intellectual Disabilities or "Tootsie Roll" Fund Drive is one of the most recognizable activities that the Knights of Columbus do. The funds generated from this drive are used to support local programs which help people with special learning needs.

Mission Statement

  • To aid and contribute, to organizations devoted to the care of individuals and particularly those inflicted with one or more forms of Intellectual disability
  • To aid and contribute to the creation, maintenance and development of hospital, scientific, religious, educational and charitable activities and projects
  • To do and perform any and all such objects, either alone or in cooperation with charitable, educational, scientific and religious societies or organizations
  • To receive gifts, legacies, grants and donations from any reputable source
  • To make gifts or donations to carry out the objectives and purposes of the Corporation to 501C3 organizations
  • To manage and distribute funds for operating programs as identified herein, in the name of Illinois State Council K of C Charities, Inc. to various charitable causes
  • To promote charitable activities sponsored by the Illinois State Council Knights of Columbus and its subordinate councils
  • To foster the principle of charity within the Illinois jurisdiction and in states where Illinois residents are welcomed.
  • To grant interest free home loans to state approved organizations that provide housing for the intellectually disabled.

The White Sox have dedicated Tuesday, July 30 to the Illinois Knights of Columbus and their partnership with Special Olympics Illinois. On this special night, we invite K of C members, their family, and friends the opportunity to purchase specially priced tickets to see the White Sox take on the Mets. Click Here for more details

Attorney General Letter Regarding ID Drive




Fund Recipients


In order to be a reciepient of the funds generated by the Intellectual Disabilities Drive, Organizations must register with Illinois State Council Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. and be recognized as a provider of qualified services for persons with intellectual disabilities. Please use the Fund Recipient Form to request approval of an organization to be eligible to receive ID funds.

Fund Recipient Form      PDF
2018-19 Listing of Approved Charities for Fund Distribution      by Organization     or      by Municipality

Other Opportunities

Check here for other opportunities to Support our ID Efforts and Special Olympics.

Partnership with Jewel Osco Stores

Jewel Osco Collection Flyer 2016
Jewel Osco Collection Locations
Jewel Osco Letter to Store Managers 2016

Collect on a Downtown Chicago Corner Flyer
YOU MUST FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS FLYER IN ORDER TO COLLECT ON A DOWNTOWN CORNER!!!

Exelon Nuclear Contribution Form - This is a Word
Document Form that must be saved (right click link and choose save as), completed in Microsoft Word and emailed to the State Office for Processing. Send the completed and saved form to donna@illinoisknights.org

Casey's General Store Contribution Guidelines
Casey's General Store Donation Form

IGA Letter to Members
IGA Label Redemption Procedure
IGA Submission Form

Other Employer Charity Fund Matching Programs