A local charity is disputing its place on the Secretary of State’s Scrooge list.
Secretary of State Mark Hammond released his annual list of “Scrooges and Angels” today. The list says the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge No. 3 in Hanahan spends just 4.1 percent of the money it takes in on charitable causes, earning the Scrooge label.
Vice President Matthew Woodall responded with a news release saying there must be a mistake because their records show they used 90 percent of their funds for programs last year.
“We are confident that we will resolve this issue in a timely manner and the Secretary of State will remove us from the Scrooge list,” Woodall said in the statement.
The Lodge spends money for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, Lodge Movie Nights, Awards Night, state and national conferences, FOP Cops & Kids, Police Week, Tri-County Fallen Officers Memorial and the Distressed Officers Fund, according to the release. The organization relies on volunteers and nobody gets a salary, Woodall said.
Scrooges often allow professional solicitors to take a big chunk of the money they raise, according to the report.
The Fraternal Order of Police York County Lodge No. 15 in Rock Hill also made the list of 10 Scrooges, with 9.2 percent of its expenditures going to toward its mission. So did Missional Advancement Project of Aiken, at 6.4 percent.
The other seven charities collecting money in South Carolina that Hammond labeled as Scrooges, with the percentage of money spent on mission, are the American Breast Cancer Foundation of Baltimore (37.5 percent); Defeat Diabetes Foundation of Madeira Beach, Fla. (11.8 percent); Firefighters Support Services of Wyandotte, Mich. (21 percent); Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation of Annandale, Va. (36 percent); Operation Lookout National Center For Missing Youth in Everett, Wash. (9.9 percent); U.S. Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Ashburn, Va. (14.8 percent); and Veterans Support Foundation of Silver Spring, Md. (24.6 percent).
Hammond also named 10 angels, which are charities that spend at least 80 percent of their of their money for their charitable purpose, use volunteers and don’t rely heavily on government grants or outside money.
East Cooper Community Outreach of Mount Pleasant made the list, with 85.4 percent of its spending going toward its mission. Other charities that made the list, along with the percentage of expenditures that go toward their missions, were the Deep Well Project of Hilton Head Island (91.6 percent); Early Learning Partnership of York County in Rock Hill (81.4 percent); Habitat for Humanity of North Augusta (96.7 percent); Humane Society of McCormick County (95.1 percent); Nurturing Center of Columbia (83 percent); Rosa Clark Medical Clinic Association of Seneca (99.1 percent); Samaritan House of Orangeburg (84.3 percent); and South Carolina Hunters and Landowners for the Hungry in Spartanburg (91.2 percent).
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