Hartsville charity makes Secretary of State’s list of 2018 Angels

November 14, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Carolina’s Kids, a Darlington County nonprofit based in Hartsville, was recognized Wednesday by South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond among the Angels of 2018.

Ten Angels and one Honorary Angel were recognized at a press conference and honored with a reception in the Secretary of State’s Office following the announcement.

The Angels honored represent organizations that exemplify charitable giving in South Carolina. Representatives from all organizations were in attendance to receive a plaque.

The Angels recognized, with the percentage of their expenditures that went toward their program services:

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic of Beaufort, 96.8 percent.Central Carolina Community Foundation, Columbia, 93.6 percent.Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services P.A.A.L.S, Columbia, 91.2 percent.Helping Hands of Georgetown, Georgetown, 90.0 percent.Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina, Inc., Charleston, 89.0 percent.YouthBase, Inc., Greenville, 88.2 percent.United Christian Ministries of Abbeville County, 87.3 percent.Ballet Spartanburg, Inc., Spartanburg, 87.2 percent.Carolina’s Kids, Hartsville, 84.7 percent.Community Kitchen, Inc. of Myrtle Beach, 80.9 percent.

Carolina’s Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing the basic necessities for many children who go without in the Darlington County School District. Andrea Pulling is the director.

Daphne and Abe Areephanthu began the organization in 2006. Its mission is to enhance the lives of less fortunate children by demonstrating hope and compassion by providing them basic necessities they too often lack.

The organization began with one program. School supplies and backpacks were collected and distributed to children who needed them.

Now, Carolina’s Kids Inc. has four programs to help children: two community “Kids Closets,” backpacks and school supplies, money for field trips, summer camps and summer enrichment activities, and “Hunger Busters,” where it provides weekend food bags to help feed children when home from school. Children are referred to the organization by school personnel and churches.

The Angels were selected by review of financial reports submitted annually to the Secretary of State’s Office, as well as by nominations from the public. To be selected as an Angel, the charity must have devoted 80 percent or more of its total expenditures to charitable programs; the charity must have been in existence for three or more years; the charity must make good use of volunteer services; the charity must receive minimal funding from grants; and the charity must be in compliance with the South Carolina Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.

Each year the Secretary of State’s Office attempts to showcase Angels with diverse missions from several areas around the state.

Traditionally, charities have been eligible to be named as an Angel by the Secretary of State only once in order to recognize as many deserving organizations as possible. Last year, however, Hammond began the tradition of recognizing a past Angel that has continued to devote a high percentage of its expenditures to its charitable mission. He designated Home Works of America Inc. as this year’s Honorary Angel for its service to the people of South Carolina during the floods of 2015 and 2016. Home Works of America Inc. originally was recognized as an Angel in 2004, and its program service percentage for 2016 was 91.2 percent.

In addition to recognizing ten Angels and one Honorary Angel, Secretary Hammond released the “2017-2018 Wise Giving & Professional Solicitor Report.” The report not only provides wise giving tips for donors, but also lists all professional solicitor contracts on file with the Secretary of State’s Office. The report also lists the percentages that were remitted to charities by professional solicitors based on joint financial reports filed in 2017.

“Although many good charities use professional fundraisers, we have seen over the years that most ‘Scrooge’ organizations have high fundraiser costs,” Hammond said. “For example, the professional solicitor Outreach Calling only remits 10 percent of gross receipts to the organizations it solicits for – so if you were to receive a solicitation from Outreach Calling and make a $20 donation, only $2 would go to the charitable organization.”

In addition to reviewing the “2017-2018 Wise Giving & Professional Solicitor Report,” charitable donors can research charities registered in South Carolina by visiting sos.sc.gov. To review a charitable organization, select the “Charity Search” button to learn a charity’s total revenue, program expenses, total expenses, net assets and fundraiser costs. The website calculates the percentage of total expenses that the charity has devoted to its program services.

For more information, call the Secretary of State Office’s Division of Public Charities at 1-888-CHARITI (242-7484).

Update hourly