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

Central Promise Neighborhood hosts ‘reverse ride along’ for new Cleveland Police recruits

The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and Jan Thrope, community activist and founder of Inner Visions of Cleveland, hosted a "reverse ride along" for 49 new Cleveland Police recruits in April. The program is a re-imagining of the traditional police ride along as it reverses roles and lets the community design the tour and highlight people, places and resources they would like to introduce to Cleveland's newest police officers.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton funds student service projects

Last fall, to commemorate its two decades of service to the community, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton offered a Developing Servant Leaders in Stark County competitive grant program. Canton Montessori School received a grant for its Operation Warm Winter project to make blankets, hats and scarves for residents staying in the Refuge of Hope homeless shelter.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland launches The Innovation Mission fellowship

Business, community and civic leaders with a hunch of how to change the trajectory of poverty in Cleveland now have a powerful new opportunity to make their innovative ideas reality.

The Innovation Mission: Fighting Poverty With Big Ideas is a ground-breaking initiative of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland in collaboration with Cleveland Leadership Center.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation supports Stark County’s only men’s shelter

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is one of several organizations that support Refuge of Hope. The ministry is the only men’s shelter in Stark County. The Repository recently published an article about Refuge of Hope’s plans to build a larger facility to meet a growing demand for services.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina educates lawmakers during Foundations on the Hill

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter was recently in Washington, D.C., meeting with lawmakers to educate them about the foundation’s work and about philanthropy in general as part of the 2017 Foundations on the Hill event.[More]

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