South Carolina's secretary of state released the 19th annual Scrooges and Angels List, a report designed to spotlight the charitable organizations it finds devotes the highest and lowest percentages of their total expenditures to charitable programs.
"As Secretary of State, I have the duty of enforcing the Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act, and of promoting transparency and accountability for charitable organizations," Mark Hammond said. "South Carolinians continue to be among the most generous people in the nation; however, we must guard against those who want take advantage of our generosity. I ask you to research charitable organizations before you give to make sure high percentages are going to the organization's program services."To be selected as an Angel, the charity must have devoted 80 percent or more of its total expenditures to charitable programs, must have been in existence for three or more years, must make good use of volunteer services, must receive minimal funding from grants, and must be registered with the Secretary of State to solicit funds in South Carolina.
Seven Angels this year are based in South Carolina, according to the list.
The 2014 Angels List places charities in alphabetical order, not based on percentage:
Only one South Carolina-based charity made the list this year.
The 2014 Scrooges List also places charities in alphabetical order:
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