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State names 15 charities in annual ‘Angels’ list

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 8:04 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2021 at 11:23 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina’s secretary of state released a list of charities he says exemplify charitable giving in the state.

Secretary of State Mark Hammond named the charities at a 10 a.m. news conference in Columbia.

To qualify as an “Angel,” the charity must have devoted 80 percent or more of its total expenditures to charitable programs, the charity must have been in existence for three or more years, it must make good use of volunteer services, it must receive minimal funding from grants, and it must be in compliance with the South Carolina Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.

Four of the 15 charities are in the Lowcountry.

Kids On Point, Inc., of Charleston, made the list with 86.8% of spending going to its cause. Johns Island-based Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services also made the list with 86.4% of its expenditures going to its charitable programs.

All 4 Paws on Pawleys Island made the list with 89.9% of spending going to its cause. Beaufort County’s Moss Creek Marines, Inc., of Hilton Head, had the highest percentage of the four Lowcountry charities, with 97.3% of its spending going to its cause.

Here is the full list (in alphabetical order):

  • All 4 Paws, Pawleys Island, SC 89.9%
  • All Things Possible Medical Fundraising, Fort Mill, SC 84.9%
  • Center for Developmental Services, Greenville, SC 91.5%
  • Connected Hearts Ministry, Inc., North Augusta, SC 97.9%
  • Greenwood Soup Kitchen Ministry, Inc., Greenwood, SC 99.0%
  • Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, Inc., Myrtle Beach, SC 96.0%
  • Kershaw Area Resource Exchange, Inc., Kershaw, SC 96.8%
  • Kids On Point, Inc., Charleston, SC 86.8%
  • Moss Creek Marines, Inc., Hilton Head Island, SC 97.3%
  • Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Johns Island, SC 86.4%
  • Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center, Florence, SC 88.7%
  • Project Safe Pet, Lake Wylie, SC 96.4%
  • The ETV Endowment of South Carolina, Inc., Spartanburg, SC 84.3%
  • The Free Medical Clinic Inc., Columbia, SC 94.2%
  • Upstate Warrior Solution, Inc., Greenville, SC 90.9%

“Every year I look forward to recognizing several charities as ‘Angels,’ not only to commend them for their service to the state, but also to raise public awareness about wise charitable giving,” Hammon said. “Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, our office was unable to host an Angel ceremony last year. Therefore, we are recognizing 15 Angels this year instead of 10 as we have done in prior years. There are so many wonderful organizations doing good work in South Carolina, and I am thrilled to recognize the contributions of this year’s Angels.”

“We (All4Paws) would just like to thank our community for all the support - donating, volunteering, fostering or even adopting- in our first 10 years!!  We are so honored and grateful to receive the 2021 Angel Award and look forward to serving everyone in the Grand Strand for many more years to come!” said officials with All4Paws.

Each year the Secretary of State’s Office attempts to showcase Angels with diverse missions from several areas around the state.

The Executive Director of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services traveled to Columbia for the ceremony on Wednesday.

The organization released a statement regarding the honor:

“We are extremely proud to be recognized for our service in the Lowcountry and as an organization that believes in putting the community first. We have over 30 years of experience of practical know-how, learned on the ground and backed by the expertise of our staff. We believe that it is our duty to be effective stewards of the financial resources entrusted in us.”

To learn more a particular charity’s expenditures, visit the Secretary of State’s website at SOS.dot.gov.

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