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

The roots of innovation: Why the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is investing in big ideas

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s fellowship, known as The Innovation Mission, is a powerful opportunity for accomplished professionals to advance their innovative ideas to change the trajectory of poverty in Cleveland. Foundation President Sue Krey explains why this was the ideal undertaking for the foundation.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland Innovation Mission fellow discusses breaking down barriers to restore the American dream

As a fellow in The Innovation Mission at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and a senior attorney at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Julie Cortes is focusing on using the power of entrepreneurship to move people out of poverty. The Innovation Mission is an opportunity for accomplished professionals to advance their innovative ideas to change the trajectory of poverty in Cleveland.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announces 2018 Immigrant Families grantees

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has announced the 2018 Immigrant Families Initiative grants totaling $197,500 to 13 organizations serving South Carolina’s immigrant and refugee populations.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton 2017 annual report showcases collaborations and grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton recently released its 2017 annual report. With a theme of “Give hope,” the annual report has updates on investments made in 2017 while also showcasing multiple stories that demonstrate the impact the foundation is having by providing examples of the programs the foundation funds.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland president discusses “bold move” to launch The Innovation Mission

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland President Sue Krey spoke to Philanthropy Ohio about the foundation’s experience with The Innovation Mission fellowship for the organization’s Philanthropy Review spring 2018 publication. Her article appears in the “Conversations with Colleagues” section, which asked foundation leaders across Ohio to “describe the bold moves they’ve recently undertaken.” [More]

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