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Some charities are nice with your donated dollars, and some aren't, letting the cost of doing business gobble up your donations.
So each year the South Carolina Secretary of State releases a list of charities operating in South Carolina and tells of the top Angels and the top Scrooges. This year Ladson charity, Fields to Families, posted an impressive 98.5% donation-to-deed rate.
The charity helps to ease area hunger by organizing volunteers to collect food directly from farm fields or local gardeners.
Kiawah Island Natural Habitat Conservancy also made the list with an 80.8% rate.
No other Charleston-metro charities made the good or bad lists. (Those recognized below are listed in alphabetical order, and are not ranked by the Secretary of State.)
Angel Flight Soars, Inc., Atlanta 87.3%
Cheer for Children, Rock Hill 98.2%
Family Promise of Beaufort County, Inc., Beaufort 99.9%
Fields to Families, Ladson 98.5%
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Jacksonville, FL 85.8%
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC, Greenville 92.8%
Horry County Museum Foundation, Conway 99.6%
House of Hope of the Pee Dee, Florence 83.6%
Kiawah Island Natural Habitat Conservancy, Kiawah Island 80.8%
Pets, Inc. of the Midlands, West Columbia 98.7%
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%
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