COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - 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:
- Clemson Free Clinic, Clemson, SC 92.0%
- Girls on the Run Tri County SC, Fort Mill, SC 99.0%
- Homes for Our Troops, Inc., Taunton, MA 91.9%
- MARYS House (Ministry Alliance for Regaining Your Safety), Pickens, SC 96.2%
- Pawmetto Lifeline Inc., Columbia, SC 81.7%
- Project Linus, Bloomington, IL 91.2%
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Inc., Charlotte, NC 97.2%
- St. Christopher's Children, Inc., Pawleys Island, SC 86.1%
- The Bargain Box, Hilton Head Island, SC 86.5%
- The RECing Crew, Inc., North Augusta, SC 87.5%
Angels are selected based on a review of financial reports as well as nominations from the public.
In selecting Scrooges, the charity must have devoted 40 percent or less of its total expenditures to charitable programs, must have spent a significant amount of revenue on fundraising expenses, and must have registered with the Secretary of State to solicit funds in the state.
Only one South Carolina-based charity made the list this year.
The 2014 Scrooges List also places charities in alphabetical order:
- AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, Arlington, VA 20.8%
- Car Donation Foundation, St. Louis Park, MN 20.7%
- Circle of Friends for American Veterans, Falls Church, VA 8.4%
- Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation, Inc., St. Genevieve, MO 5.9%
- Heart Support of America, Inc., Knoxville, TN 35.1%
- National Association of Chiefs of Police Inc., Titusville, FL 37.0%
- National Cancer Center, Inc., Plainview, NY 26.9%
- National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, Inc., Alexandria, VA 8.1%
- The Boyz of Gospel, Inc., Bennettsville, SC 8.0%
- Tiger Missing Link Foundation, Tyler, TX 38.2%
Charitable donors may research organizations registered in South Carolina by visiting the Secretary of State's website at