The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded its first round of 2021 grants totaling $1,516,500 to 91 nonprofits that are working to make life better for people experiencing poverty. This latest round of awards pushes the total amount of grant funding to $80 million that the foundation has awarded nonprofits in South Carolina over its 25-year history.
“To achieve this milestone during our 25th anniversary is special,” said foundation President and CEO Tom Keith. “These dollars have helped over 3,000 organizations across all 46 counties in South Carolina.”
The latest round of grants was awarded to nonprofits that are working to reduce poverty in South Carolina in one of three ways:
While the money is substantial, the foundation’s body of work goes far beyond the number of grants awarded. The foundation established the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families to provide the means for fathers to be great dads and co-founded the South Carolina Grantmakers Network alongside the Self Family Foundation and the Springs Close Foundation to connect, learn and act for the good of South Carolina.
Over its history, the Sisters of Charity of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has also taken important stands on issues such as kinship care, DACA, alternatives to incarceration, and diversity-equity and inclusion. In addition, the foundation has funded multiple research studies, including a recent look at poverty statistics in South Carolina. The research enhances the organization’s efficiency and ability to provide grants that can effectively lead to systemic change.
“Since its inception in 1996, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has been addressing the root causes and effects of poverty in South Carolina,” said Keith. “Nonprofits throughout the state are using these grants to create a path for positive, groundbreaking work that strengthens families and communities experiencing poverty.”
The latest group of nonprofits to receive the foundation’s Cycle 1 Grant Awards can be found here on the foundation's website organized by region of South Carolina.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
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