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Catholic Charities honored with BBB Torch Award

Photo courtesy of Better Business Bureau

Catholic Charities is being recognized for its work in philanthropy. The Better Business Bureau has presented its Torch Award to the Buffalo-based not-for-profit for 2015.

Better Business Bureau President Warren Clark says Catholic Charities was among a group of organizations across the state that was up for consideration. Clark says they first had to meet some particular criteria.

“The first and most important thing is that they have to meet our 20 standards for charity trust. We check governance, we talk about effectiveness, we question whether there is a paid board or a volunteer board. The only charities that can apply for the torch award have to meet all 20 standards,” Clark says.

The award has been presented on the national level for the past two decades, but locally for only the past two years. Roswell Park Cancer Institute received the Torch Award in 2014.