Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond has released his agency's annual "Scrooges and Angels" list of charities.

The list shows which organizations have the highest percentage amount of their expenditures that go toward their programs--and which ones have the lowest. The agency determines that by reviewing financial reports submitted by the agencies, and by getting nominations from the public.

To make the Angels list, charities have to have been in existence for three years, make good use of volunteer services, receive minimum funding from grants, and be registered with the Secretary of State's office.  A Scrooge is based upon a charitable organization's failure to spend at least 45 percent of its total expenditures on charitable programs. 

The lists are below. They are in alphabetical order.  People can research organizations registered in South Carolina by going to the SC Secretary of State's website. 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 our Division of Public Charities at 1-888-CHARITI (242-7484) for more information.

Angels List:

Animal Allies, Inc., Spartanburg, SC    92.0%
Fostering Great Ideas, Greenville, SC    84.8%
Hartsville Christmas in April, Inc., Hartsville, SC    98.3%
Honorary Angel - Harvest Hope Food Bank, Inc., Columbia, SC  98.1%
Hilton Head Heroes, Inc., Hilton Head Island, SC    84.3%
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Oceanside, CA    93.7%
National Arbor Day Foundation, Lincoln, NE    89.3%
Orangeburg/Calhoun Free Medical Clinic, Inc., Orangeburg, SC    91.6%
Pilgrims' Inn, Rock Hill, SC    85.6%
Share Our Suzy (SOS), Columbia, SC    83.3%
Toomey's Kids, Murrells Inlet, SC    94.8%

Scrooges List:

Cars Helping Veterans, a/k/a Others First, Inc., Rochester Hills, MI    24.1%
Healing Heroes Network, Inc., Palm Harbor, FL    24.7%
Kids Wish Network, Inc., Holiday, FL    42.0%
The Premier Foundation, Easley, SC     12.2%
Reserve Police Officers Association,  Yonkers, NY     7.7%
Rock Hill Rescue Squad, Rock Hill, SC    6.4%
Survivors and Victims Empowered, Manheim, PA   30.0%
United Veterans Association, Inc., Fairfield, AL    25.1%
Vietnow National Headquarters,  Rockford, IL    7.3%
Wishing Well Foundation USA, Inc., Metairie, LA    4.8%