Seven South Carolina charities are among 10 “Angels” in the Secretary of State’s 2014 Scrooges and Angels list announced Wednesday.
The “Angels” were selected by review of financial reports that are submitted to Secretary of State Mark Hammond’s office as well as by nominations from the public.
To be selected an Angel, a charity must have been in existence for three or more years, devoted 80 percent or more of its total expenditures to charitable programs, made good use of volunteer services, received minimal funding from grants and be registered with the Secretary of State to solicit funds in South Carolina.
The seven S.C. groups named Angels in the 19th annual list are Clemson Free Clinic, Clemson; Girls on the Run Tri County SC, Fort Mill; Pawmetto Lifeline Inc., Columbia; MARYS House (Ministry Alliance for Regaining Your Safety), Pickens; St. Christopher’s Children, Inc., Pawleys Island; The Bargain Box, Hilton Head Island; and The RECing Crew, Inc., North Augusta.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Inc. in Charlotte, Homes for Our Troops, Inc. in Taunton, Mass., and Project Linus in Bloomington, Ill., rounded out the top 10 Angels.
Representatives from the 10 agencies received a plaque and were welcomed to a reception in the secretary of state’s office following the announcement.
On the other side of the spectrum, a “Scrooge” designation is based upon a charitable organization’s failure to spend a high percentage of its total expenditures on charitable programs. The Boyz of Gospel, Inc. in Bennettsville is the only S.C. group named to that list.
“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,” 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.”
Hammond encouraged residents to research charitable organizations before making a donation to make sure a high percentage of the donation is going to services.
Potential donors can research organizations registered in South Carolina at sos.sc.gov. To review an organization, select the charity search button to see that charity’s total revenue, program expenses, total expenses, net assets and fundraiser costs. The website also will calculate the percentage of total expenses a charity has devoted to its programs.