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Secretary of State recognizes charitable Angels and Scrooges

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Ten charities operating in South Carolina have been honored as ‘Angels’ and eight designated as ‘Scrooges’ by S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond.

Angels are selected based on a review of financial reports submitted annually to the Secretary of State’s office as well as public nominations. An Angel charity must devote 80% or more of its total expenditures to charitable programs; have been in existence for three or more years; make good use of volunteer services; receive minimal funding from grants; and be in compliance with the South Carolina Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.

This year, Hammond also recognized a past recipient that has continued to devote a high percentage of expenditures to its mission, designating the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of Hilton Head Island as an honorary Angel.    

The 2017 Angels, in alphabetical order, are: Chapin We Care Center, Chapin; Christmas Is For Kids, Gaffney; Friends of the Animal Shelter Inc., Aiken; Golden Corner Food Pantry, Seneca; Help 4 Kids, Florence; JumpStart South Carolina, Spartanburg; Meals on Wheels of Horry County Inc., Surfside Beach; Operation Sight, Mount Pleasant; Project Hope Foundation Inc., Greenville; and Samaritan’s Purse, Boone, North Carolina.

Charities designated as Scrooges fail to spend a high percentage of their total expenditures on charitable programs. Professional fundraisers earn the Scrooge label if they fail to remit a significant amount of their gross receipts to the charity for which they solicit.

The 2017 Scrooges, in alphabetical order, are: American Association of State Troopers Inc., Tallahassee, Fla.; American Veterans Foundation, Sarasota, Florida; Childhood Leukemia Foundation Inc., Brick, New Jersey; Firefighters Support Foundation Inc., Greenfield, Massachusetts; Honor Bound Foundation Inc., Darien, Connecticut; Melanoma International Foundation, Glenmoore, Pennsylvania; Project Cure Inc., Bradenton, Florida; and United Cancer Support Foundation, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Professional fundraisers Hal E. Erwin, a bingo promoter doing business as Paradise Amusements LLC, Chapin, and Truck, Trailer & Equipment Sales Inc., of Summerville earned Scrooge designations.  

“The Secretary of State’s Office is responsible for enforcing the Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act and has recognized Scrooges and Angels for the past 22 years,” Hammond said in a news release.  “As the holidays approach, people are reminded to open their hearts and help those in need. Recognizing Scrooges and Angels not only promotes accountability and transparency to charitable donors but also acknowledges and extends gratitude to the charities that uplift our communities.”

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