Economic Commitment

 

The Order needs freedom of action in a way that the development of its life and humanitarian activities are the result of a prudent and calculated self-governing decision. To achieve this end the Order must be a sound financially.

The Order receives into its ranks and rewards with the high status of Knighthood those individuals following the vocational call to serve mankind.

Pledged Economic Commitments are to be paid by check or bank transfer payable to "Order of Constantine the Great &  St. Helen" within thirty (30) days following the date in which the notice of acceptance has been communicated to the candidate.

Upon payment of the pledged Economic Commitment, a candidate accepted for membership will become automatically and receive his credentials as Postulant for Knighthood. At the conclusion of the Postulation period the Postulant will be invited to attend the assigned Official Ceremony of the Order during which he/she will receive the Investiture as Knight/Dame.

If a pledged Economic Commitment is not made, dossiers may be marked inactive. Such files may be reopened during the period of ninety (90) days after their filing date if so requested by the applicant upon presentation of a justifiable reason.

All members of the Order must contribute each calendar year the Annual Membership Dues of $100 USD (One hundred dollars in U.S. funds) payable during the month of June.

Any member of the Order who, for whatever reason, chooses not to honor his/her Annual Membership Dues will be considered an Inactive Member and placed on the roster of Inactive Knights and Dames thirty (30) days after the payment is due, with the consequent loss of Seniority on the roster of Active members.

Any Inactive Knight or Dame wishing to be reinstated to the roster of Active members, shall be required to pay the corresponding Annual Membership Dues accrued during the period of his/her inactive status and/or any other indebtedness to the organization previously incurred. Said member will be reinstated to the roster of Active Knights and Dames on the date of reception of his regulating payment, and that date will be considered his/her seniority date.

Members of the Order are encouraged to discuss the tax deductible nature of payments to the Order with their individual tax consultants. The Order has been recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation.

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This Order is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated and administered under the laws and regulations of the United States of America as a 501(c )(3) charitable organization. All contributions are considered to be tax-deductible under the laws of the United States of America and the State of California.

PASSAGE FEES:
Knight or Lady $750 Knight or Lady Commander Knight or Lady Grand Cross

YEARLY DUES:
Annual dues are $100, payable by June 30 of each calendar year.

FINANCES: 
The Imperial & Charitable Order of Constantine the Great & of Saint Helen is registered as a 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit Public Benefit Corporation in the United States of America and the State of California. Upon joining the order, “Passage Fees” are collected, indexed by rank of knighthood, which offset the expense of one’s regalia. The Order requests annual dues, known as an “Oblation” from each member. These funds subsidize administrative tasks such as printing of forms, publication of newsletters, website hosting, postage, office supplies, and other items as needed. At Order events a modest subscription fee is generally collected to cover food and facility costs. The Order also requests that since Charity is one of the Knightly Virtues, a yearly contribution to a charity of one’s choice be made. Some contributions made to the Order may be tax deductible if they are designated for specific purposes. Please check with your tax advisor for your particular tax situation.

The Order is operated on a volunteer basis with no paid staff. Knights and Ladies in good standing are asked to take an active role in supporting the work of the Order, depending upon the individual’s availability, interest, and talent.

The charitable works of the Order consist of individual/voluntary service to others as well as collectively by the giving of grants to worthy Jr. ROTC Cadets. Grants of $1000.00 or in Euros have been given to first time applicants with the option to acquire larger grants providing that the cadet maintains an above average grade during their studies.

The Order supports the Salvation Army in the United States.

The Order also sponsors a Squire and Lady-In-Waiting program for young students 14-21.

 

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