Foundations

Foundations Overview

In 1973, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine founded the Saint Ann Foundation with assets from the sale of Saint Ann Hospital, which had served women and children in Cleveland, Ohio for 100 years. Focused on women, children and youth, Saint Ann Foundation was America’s first “health care conversion” foundation, and the first to be sponsored by a religious congregation.

Three Sisters of Charity Foundations were established in 1996 with funds from the sale of 50% of the Ohio and South Carolina hospitals: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. In January 2006, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland joined with the Saint Ann Foundation to form a single organization.

Today, through strategic grantmaking, convenings and collaboration, each of three foundations works to address root causes of poverty, nurture the growth of healthy communities, emphasize the needs of youth and families and measure the outcomes of these efforts.

Together, the Sisters of Charity Foundations invest a more than $10 million annually in grants to strengthen their communities and those most in need.

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Leadership

Susanna Krey

Susanna H. Krey
Senior Vice President for Foundations, Outreach Ministries and External Affairs,
Sisters of Charity Health System,
President,
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Susanna H. Krey serves as senior vice president for foundations, outreach ministries and external affairs at the Sisters of Charity Health System. Additionally, she has been serving as the president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland since 2004. During her tenure with the health system, Ms. Krey has been actively involved in hospital and health care system administration in the areas of marketing, public relations, planning, strategic alliance activities and managed care. As president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Ms. Krey carries out the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine’s 160-year commitment to improving the lives of the poor and underserved. Read more »

Our Foundation Ministries

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton
Canton, OH, 1996

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH, 1996

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
Columbia, SC, 1996

Today in Grantmaking and Capacity Building

Today in Grantmaking

As good stewards, it is the desire of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to provide a diverse population of nonprofit organizations in South Carolina with the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge and enhance educational access, while cultivating personal and organizational responsibility and capacity. The purpose of the foundation's Carolina Academy for Nonprofits is to leverage training and educational opportunities for the capacity building needs of multiple nonprofit organizations in the state of South Carolina, as well as share best practices and lessons learned. Read more »

Blog Posts From

Cleveland Magazine Features 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

As one of three communities selected nationally for the 100-Day Challenge to end youth homelessness, Cleveland’s team exceeded its ambitious goal by housing 105 homeless young adults in Cuyahoga County in 100 days. Cleveland Magazine recently published commentary and an extensive feature on the experiences of four young adults housed through the course of the 100-Day Challenge.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland work to end homelessness profiled in Smart Business Cleveland

Smart Business Cleveland magazine recently interviewed Susanna Krey, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, about the foundation’s work to end homelessness by addressing education and health disparities as two key components. In the article, Krey discusses how the focus isn’t on just giving people who are homeless a place to live, but providing the tools they need to become productive members of society.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton spearheads program to reduce suicide rate

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is spearheading a program to help reduce the suicide rate in Stark County, Ohio. It is one of five foundations to supply funding for a grant to raise public awareness and reduce the prejudices surrounding suicide, all with the hope of bringing down the suicide rate over the next three years.[More]

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Report highlights results, learnings and next steps for 100-Day Challenge to end youth homelessness

A Way Home America recently released a brief report highlighting the results, learnings and next steps from the 100-Day Challenge to prevent and end youth homelessness in three communities. The Cleveland team successfully met the challenge by housing 105 homeless young adults and a total of 428 young adults moved in to housing in Austin, Cleveland and Los Angeles.[More]

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NPR interviews Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland board member

Judge Michael John Ryan, who is a Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland board member, was recently featured on NPR’s Morning Edition as part of the StoryCorps program. StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that gives people the chance to interview friends and loved ones about their lives. Judge Ryan spoke about how his childhood inspired him to be a better father.[More]

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