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Father Louis Rowen Council #3670
�    Charlottesville, Virginia   �   

What is KOVAR

Local Beneficiaries

KOVAR Web Site

Council Support


What is Kovar?

KOVAR is a Virginia Knights of Columbus Charity established in 1971 to provide financial assistance through grants and home loans to tax exempt organizations providing training and assistance to citizens with intellectual disabilities. Since its inception in 1971, KOVAR has provided over $15,000,000 in assistance to our citizens. For more information on how KOVAR operates, please see our state KOVAR web site.

Local Beneficiaries

The organizations listed below in the Charlottesville area have all benefited from financial grants from KOVAR:

ARC of the Piedmont

ARC of the Piedmont

Breadworks of Charlottesville


Region Ten Community Services

Region Ten

Special Olympics

Special Olympics

Council Support

The Council supports the KOVAR effort primarily with the annual Tootsie Roll Drive, held in mid-April. Tootsie Rolls are handed out to customers entering various establishments during that time, and brochures are offered which explain KOVAR. Donations are gratefully accepted. It is important to note that KOVAR  has low overhead operating costs of approximately 7% which covers the cost of promotional materials, the annual audit by a CPA firm, liability insurance,  a direct mail campaign, etc. KOVAR is an all volunteer organization with no paid employees or rented space. Every effort is made to keep operating cost to a  minimum. 


The costs of all overhead for the fundraiser (including the Tootsie Rolls) is absorbed by the council. Additionally, the council members donate their own time to the local organizations as needed.



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