by Bob Reddy,Â Florida Catholic (5/18/2012)
VENICE â€“Â Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc. has received the top rating from Charity Navigator,Americaâ€™s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. This is the third straight year, and eighth out of the past nine years, Catholic Charities has reached that rating.
The 4-Star rating was given for Catholic Charitiesâ€™ sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.
â€śFor a social service agency of our size (large inSouthwest Florida) this is a tremendous achievement, and I thank our hardworking staff and volunteers for helping to reach this goal,â€ť said Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer Peter Routsis-Arroyo. â€śMost importantly, I want to thank our generous donors for their continuing financial support and their faith in the programs Catholic Charities provides as we each strive to help others in these challenging and turbulent economic times.â€ť
Bishop Frank J. Dewane said he was very happy to hear about this special honor for Catholic Charities. â€śAlong with the many other entities of the Diocese of Venice, Catholic Charities also does a stellar job with fulfilling its mission. I am indeed pleased that Catholic Charities has received this distinguished recognition. It is important to always keep in mind that Catholic Charities serves the poor among the people of God so as to help them achieve a better life and a deeper relationship with Christ.â€ť
According to a letter from Charity Navigator President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Berger, Catholic Charities earned its 4-Star rating for its ability to adhere to good governance and other best practices, and for consistently executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way. â€śThis exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Venice from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,â€ť he said.
Berger added that the 4-Star rating puts Catholic Charities in elite company. â€śOnly 9 percent of the charities we rate have received at least three consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc. outperforms most other charities in America.â€ť
Routsis-Arroyo said Charity Navigator is used by donors who are seeking confidence in the charitable choices they make.
Catholic Charities will be listed on the Charity Navigator website, www.charitynavigator.org, for the next year as a 4-Star Charity under Human Services and Social Services, where the listing simply states the Catholic Charities Mission Statement: â€śProviding help. Creating hope. Serving all.â€ť
Catholic Charities serves approximately 42,000 needy people each year through 36 different programs in the 10-county area of Southwest Florida, regardless of race, nationality or creed. For more information, call Catholic Charities at 941-488-5581 or visit www.catholiccharitiesdov.org.