October 24, 2019

Healthy Learners names SC foundation’s Tom Keith Champion for Children Award recipient

Healthy Learners presented Tom Keith, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, with its 2019 Healthy Learners Champion for Children Award during the 20th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer on October 23.

The Healthy Learners Champion for Children Award recognizes and honors an individual who has served as an advocate for children and brought attention to the needs of underserved children in the community through volunteer time, financial support and commitment to Healthy Learners.

As president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Keith has been actively involved with Healthy Learners for many years. He received the Healthy Learners “In All Things Charity” award in 2004 and the foundation has been a major supporter of the ministry for many years. Most recently, he was instrumental in guiding Healthy Learners through a leadership transition and the hiring of Amy Splittgerber as the new executive director.

Keith has served as president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina since 1996. His leadership has grown the foundation into a major philanthropic force in South Carolina. He has more than 40 years of experience in nonprofit management in five states. Keith serves on the Columbia College Board of Trustees and the Columbia Free Medical Clinic Board of Trustees. He also serves on the SC Center for Fathers and Families Board.

Keith has been an active member of the Southeastern Council of Foundations since 2000, and he served on its board from 2004-2010. He is a founding member and former chairman of the South Carolina Grantmakers Network, a group of 40 grant-making foundations from across the state. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Marshall University and a Master of Business Administration from Winthrop University. He and his family live in Irmo, South Carolina.

“Tom has consistently demonstrated his long-term commitment to increasing access to health care for children and to advancing the mission of Healthy Learners,” said Matthew Roberts, chair of the Healthy Learners Board of Trustees and chair of Nexsen Pruet’s Health Care Practice Group. “He is truly deserving of the Champion for Children award this year. For almost three decades, Tom has been a leader in South Carolina on issues related to helping children in need. His work has impacted thousands of children’s lives over the years and we are honored to be able to recognize him.”

“Healthy Learners has been an important part of my life for the last 26 years. I am honored to be part of such a wonderful organization. Children’s health is something we must not ignore, and Healthy Learners does a great job of helping children become healthier every day,” said Keith.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit the children served by Healthy Learners, which is a faith-based non-profit that connects school-aged children to health care providers to help remove barriers to school success. Healthy Learners partners with schools and community health care providers to not only help children secure needed health care services, but also to provide transportation and coordination of care for medical appointments.

Healthy Learners and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina are ministries of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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