Scrooges and Angels list for 2017

The SC Sec. of State Mark Hammond announced the list Scrooges and Angels list of charitable organizations and professional fundraisers for 2017.

An Angel is recognized for spending a high percentage of their expenditures to charitable giving.

The Sec. of State’s Office says a Scrooge is designated by failure to spend a high percentage of expenditures to charitable giving for organizations. For professional fundraisers, it is a failure to remit a significant amount of gross receipts to the charity for which it solicits.

ANGELS (Alphabetical Order)

  • Chapin We Care Center, Chapin, SC – 93.4%
  • Christmas Is For Kids, Gaffney, SC – 99.7%
  • Friends of the Animal Shelter, Inc., Aiken, SC – 83.9%
  • Golden Corner Food Pantry, Seneca, SC – 91.3%
  • Help 4 Kids Florence, Florence, SC – 97.4%
  • JumpStart South Carolina, Spartanburg, SC – 91.0%
  • Meals on Wheels of Horry County, Inc., Surfside Beach, SC – 97.7%
  • Operation Sight, Mount Pleasant, SC – 87.5%
  • Project Hope Foundation, Inc., Greenville, SC – 95.4%
  • Samaritan’s Purse, Boone, NC – 87.8%
  • The Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Hilton Head Island, SC – 93.4%

SCOURGES (Alphabetical Order)

Charitable Organizations

  • American Association of State Troopers, Inc., Tallahassee, FL – 15.5%
  • American Veterans Foundation, Sarasota, FL – 8.3%
  • Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Inc., Brick, NJ – 19.6%
  • Firefighters Support Foundation Inc., Greenfield, MA – 6.8%
  • Honor Bound Foundation, Inc., Darien, CT – 29.7%
  • Melanoma International Foundation, Glenmoore, PA – 33.9%
  • Project Cure, Inc., Bradenton, FL – 24.6%
  • United Cancer Support Foundation, Knoxville, TN – 3.7%

Professional Fundraisers

  • Hal. E. Erwin, Bingo Promoter d/b/a Paradise Amusements, LLC, Chapin, SC 3.2%
  • Truck, Trailer & Equipment Sales, Inc., Summerville, SC 6.1%

“The Secretary of State’s Office is responsible for enforcing the Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act, and has recognized Scrooges and Angels for the past 22 years,” said Secretary Hammond. “As the holidays approach, people are reminded to open their hearts and help those in need. Recognizing Scrooges and Angels not only promotes accountability and transparency to charitable donors, but also acknowledges and extends gratitude to the charities that uplift our communities. I encourage all South Carolinians to continue to give generously, but to always research charities and professional fundraisers before they give.”

Project HOPE FeatureD in Town Carolina

Hearing a child say, “Hello!” or witnessing them hug a sibling are not typically moments worthy of celebration. But these small yet profound actions motivate Susan Sachs and Lisa Lane, co-founders and executive directors of Project HOPE Foundation, to work tirelessly to support families with children on the autism spectrum.

“We have the privilege of being reminded every single day that ordinary moments can be absolutely extraordinary,” says Lane. “We see children enter our doors with no ability to connect with the world and we watch them transform into part of a classroom family. We see desperate, lost parents recover hope for the future.”

This labor of love originally began out of personal need. After doctors diagnosed their sons with autism, the two friends could not find a program in the Upstate that allowed the boys to practice skills they were learning at home in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy.

Read entire article here.

Project HOPE Celebrates 20 Years

Project HOPE Foundation's 20th anniversary celebration was held August 19, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza.  The night was filled with music provided by Synergy Violins, signature drinks and great fellowship.  Project HOPE Foundation's mission is to serve individuals living with autism by helping families, opening minds, promoting inclusion and expanding potential.

Photo gallery can be found here.

Twenty Years after founding of Project HOPE Foundation, the mission continues

Lisa Lane and Susan Sachs hadn’t planned on starting a nonprofit organization and a school two decades ago, but they couldn’t find the programs needed by their young sons, newly diagnosed with autism, anywhere else.

“There’s nobody as determined as a mom with a child in need,” Sachs said. “You’ll do anything.”

So they started the Project Hope Foundation and a small preschool where children with autism and neurotypical kids attended classes side-by-side.

“It was supposed to be a temporary thing,” Sachs said.

Today, the school and its offshoot, the HOPE Foundation, serve about 300 people in the Upstate a day and are raising money to construct a permanent home in Greenville.

“It’s a mission now,” Sachs said.

Lives turned upside down

Read more here.

Murals Brighten Greenwood Campus


When artist Rebecca Salter Harrison first walked into the Greenwood Project Hope campus building, she noticed a lot of empty, white walls.

Harrison came to the campus at 133 Merrywood Drive, site of the former Merrywood Elementary School, to do a commissioned art project – to create colorful murals on some of the walls.

Project Hope Foundation serves people coping with autism spectrum disorder. Established in 1996, there are now several campuses, including the one in Greenwood. 

In 2016, Project HOPE Foundation entered into a collaboration with Greenwood Genetic Center – Helix & Hope – combining science and services, and began offering center-based applied behavior analysis therapy to clients in a multi-county area.

Read entire article here.

2017 Hope Gala

Autism can sometimes be devastatingly dark ... but we are determined to bring light through our range of services. To fund these services, we rely on generous people like the 530 who attended our Evening of Hope gala on Saturday. Want to see what these dollars are important?  Take a look:

Wofford College Turns Blue for Autism

The main building at Wofford College turns blue for autism.

The main building at Wofford College turns blue for autism.

(March 29, 2017 FOX Carolina)
Wofford College is turning blue and shining a light on autism. It's all part of the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign.
Wofford's Main Building will be lit in blue starting on April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day, and stay that way throughout April for Autism Awareness Month.
"This is something that is near and dear to my heart. I felt compelled to bring it to Wofford as I am an autism parent," said Crystal Crawford, who organized Light It Up Blue on the Wofford campus.
Crystal Crawford's son was diagnosed with autism five years ago. 
"We have a son named Will who is about to turn 9 who was diagnosed with autism when he was 4," said Crawford. 
Crawford works in admissions at Wofford College and says she hopes to raise awareness about autism, by shedding some blue light on the disorder. 
"My hopes are that people will ask questions and inquire about what is it, what does it mean for a college student here on campus, and how can I better serve or communicate with them," said Crawford.
Guest speakers addressed the need for raising awareness about autism on college campuses.
"I think we need to bring a lot more attention to our friends with autism who are older and who are in the college setting," said Joanna Hayes, a case supervisor with Project Hope Foundation.
Students also talked about what it is like to be in college and have autism.
"90% of learning to live with autism is probably just learning to recognize it for what it is," said Zachary Howell, a sophomore studying intercultural studies at Wofford.
Howell says that part of learning to live with autism is educating others, and he hopes the Light It Up Blue campaign will do just that.
Find out more about the Light It Up Blue campaign here
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