Hammond releases 'Scrooges and Angels' list

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond has released his annual "Scrooges and Angels" list of what charities in the state give the most toward their goals.

      Hammond names as "angels" those charities that use at least 80 percent of their donations for their charitable purpose, use volunteers and do not rely heavily on government grants or outside money.

      On Wednesday, Hammond said the charity that spent the highest percentage of its money on program efforts was Fort Mill Care Center, Inc., at nearly 98 percent.

      Hammond also annually alerts residents to charities whose financial reports show they spend little on their stated purpose and a lot on professional solicitors. The organization with the lowest expenditure was the Sarasota, Fla.-based Law Enforcement Officers Relief Fund, at just under 1 percent.

      Those recognized are listed in alphabetical order, and are NOT ranked by the Secretary of State.

      Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, Inc., Columbia, SC{}{}{}{}85.6%Camp Pee Dee Pride, Florence, SC{}{}{}{}96.6%Debi's Kids, Inc., Charleston, SC{}{}{}{}90.3%Fort Mill Care Center, Inc.,{} Fort Mill, SC{}{}{} 97.6%Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg, Inc., Spartanburg, SC{}{}{} 83.1%Hitchcock Woods Foundation, Aiken, SC{}{}{} 88.2%Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society,{} Parris Island, SC{}{}{} 88.3%Second Helpings, Hilton Head Island, SC{}{}{} 80.2%Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc., Palmetto, FL{}{}{} 84.6%Tamassee DAR School, Inc., Tamassee, SC{}{}{} 81.8%

      Those recognized are listed in alphabetical order, and are NOT ranked by the Secretary of State.

      Army Historical Foundation Inc., Alexandria, VA{}{}{} {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 16.4%Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, Inc., Aventura, FL{}{}{} 19.3%Feed Our Veterans, New Hartford, NY{}{}{} 25.6%Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Inc., Farmingdale, NY{}{}{} 7.0%Gaffney Elks Lodge BPOE #1305,{} Gaffney, SC {}{}{} 11.9%International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO, {}Sarasota, FL{}{}{} 16.8%Law Enforcement Officers Relief Fund, Sarasota, FL{}{}{}0.9%Louis D. Simmons American Legion Post 215, Inc., Columbia, SC{}{}{} 3.2%Roger Wyburn-Mason & Jack M. Blount Foundation for the Eradication of Rheumatoid Disease,{} Fairview, TN{}{}{} 34.7%Walker Cancer Research Institute, Inc., Aberdeen, MD{}{}{} 32.4%

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