Scrooges and Angels charities named for 2010

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The report is out on who is a scrooge and who is an angel.

The annual Scrooges and Angels List represents some of the best and worst charitable giving.

Some Midlands organizations made the list.

Pets, Inc. of West Columbia is listed as an angel. State Secretary of State Mark Hammond says people need to know how organizations spend their money before donating.

"Rescue animals, that is the main thing that we have done for the last 19 years," says Pat McQueen of Pets, Inc. "We are approaching the 40,000 mark. By the end of the year it should be about 40,000 animals that we were able to assist and place in good homes."

Goodwill Industries also made the list.

"We've helped over 23,000 people," adds Brad Majors of Goodwill. "And of that 23,000, 4,372 people can actually be documented to have found a job."

The angels were selected by a review of financial records submitted annually to the Secretary of State's office.

Here is the complete list:


Angel Flight Soars, Inc., Atlanta, GA 87.3%Cheer for Children, Rock Hill, SC 98.2%Family Promise of Beaufort County, Inc., Beaufort, SC 99.9%Fields to Families, Ladson, SC 98.5%Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Jacksonville, FL 85.8%Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC, Greenville, SC 92.8%Horry County Museum Foundation, Conway, SC 99.6%House of Hope of the Pee Dee, Florence, SC 83.6%Kiawah Island Natural Habitat Conservancy, Kiawah Island, SC 80.8%Pets, Inc. of the Midlands, West Columbia, SC 98.7%According to a release by the Secretary of State's Office, the Angels were selected by review of financial reports submitted annually. The following criteria were considered: the charity must have been established for at least three years; has collected revenue greater than $20,000; 80 percent or more of the revenue must go toward the charities' program goals; makes good use of volunteer labor; and receives minimal funding in grants. The panel also sought to showcase charities with different missions and chose charities across South Carolina and outside the state.

The designation of Scrooge is based upon the charitable organization's failure to spend a high percentage of their collections on stated program activities and/or use of a high percentage of collections to pay professional solicitors. The Scrooges chosen, with the percentage of their program expenses that went toward the program activities, are listed below.


A Leg to Stand On, New York, NY 34.2%American Assoc. of State Troopers Scholarship Foundation, Tallahassee, FL 34.4%American Association of the Deaf-Blind, Silver Spring, MD 20.3%Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation, Inc., Schererville, IN 35.8%Disabled Veterans National Foundation, Washington, DC 37.0%Firefighters Support Foundation, Inc., Greenfield, MA 7.5%National Cancer Assistance Foundation, Sarasota, FL 11.7%National Veterans Service Fund, Inc., Darien, CT 17.5%Parkinson Research Foundation, Inc., Sarasota, FL 25.3%Project Cure, Inc., Bradenton, FL 22.7%The Scrooges were selected by review of financial reports submitted annually to the Secretary of State's Office. The following criteria were considered: the charity had given 40 percent or less of the revenue to the charities' program goals; collected revenue greater than $20,000; and spent a large amount of donations on the use of professional fundraisers.