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

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina hosting poverty training to develop strategies for change

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is hosting a leadership development opportunity, The Poverty Factor training, that is designed for all community members who want a deeper understanding of generational poverty and how it impacts the people they serve.[More]

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Catholic Health World: Sisters of Charity foundation creates pipeline for philanthropic leadership

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina created the Philanthropy Leadership And Community Engagement (PLACE) Fellowship Program through a partnership with Columbia College in 2013. PLACE is a unique program designed to increase students’ awareness of the impact of philanthropy on community nonprofits. Catholic Health World recently published an article about the program.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland supports FreshLo project to integrate food, art and community

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has embraced the connectivity of health, arts, food and environment issues for many years and has continued to do so by supporting the FreshLo program in the Garden Valley neighborhood. The Fresh, Local & Equitable program—FreshLo for short—is designed to strengthen the economic vitality, cultural expression and health in the neighborhood.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton highlights work in the community

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved by understanding the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and family, and measuring the outcomes of these efforts. The foundation’s latest electronic newsletter highlights some of these efforts.[More]

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Central Promise Neighborhood hosts back-to-school rally

Families lined up outside the Friendly Inn Settlement in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood before doors opened at noon on Monday for the annual Back to School Rally. School representatives, community support organizations and barbers filled the auditorium, offering back to school supplies and advice on how to choose the best school, as well as free haircuts. Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood hosted the event.[More]

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