The South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office has released its annual “Scrooges and Angels” list of charities and nonprofits for this year’s holiday season.
Mark Hammond told South Carolina Radio Network that his office releases the list because it’s the season of giving. “The list has become a tradition here in South Carolina. We use this as a public service to tell charitable donors here in South Carolina that they need to check out these charities before they decide to contribute,” he said.
Hammond said a good charitable organization gives at least 80 percent of its donations to the cause it represents. “Donors want to make sure that a large majority of their money is actually going to the cause,” Hammond said.
The “Angels” on the list were selected by review of financial reports submitted annually to the Secretary of State’s Office, as well as by nominations from the public.
This year included both charities and professional fundraisers in the list of “Scrooges.” The designation of Scrooge is based upon a charitable organization’s failure to spend a high percentage of its total expenditures on charitable programs, or a professional fundraiser’s failure to remit a significant amount of its gross receipts to the charity for which it solicits.
ANGELS (with % of expenditures going to charitable programs):
Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County, Darlington, SC 97.8%
Lowcountry Food Bank, Inc., Charleston, SC 97.7%
HospiceCare of the Piedmont, Inc., Greenwood, SC 92.1%
Pajama Program, Inc., New York, NY 92.0%
Teen Angels, Little River, SC 91.2%
SCROOGES (with % of expenditures going to charitable programs. PF=professional fundraiser)
PF – Palmetto’s Children Thrift Store, Columbia, SC 0.8%
PF – McCall Development of Charleston, LLC, Charleston, SC 1.1%
Committee for Missing and Abused Children, Inc., Lawrenceville, GA 10.8%
Purple Heart Services, Inc., Annandale, VA 18.8%
National Cancer Assistance Foundation, Inc., Daytona Beach, FL 24.0%
Donors can research organizations registered in South Carolina by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.sc.gov. To review an organization, select the Charity Search button to learn a charity’s total revenue, program expenses, total expenses, net assets, and fundraiser costs. The website even calculates the percentage of total expenses that the charity has devoted to its program services. You can also call the Division of Public Charities at 1-888-CHARITI (242-7484) for more information.
This is the 21st year in which the Secretary of State’s Office has recognized Scrooges and Angels to promote wise charitable giving.