The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently released its 2022 annual report, highlighting its grant investments and partnerships that provided impactful funding and collaboration to more than 200 nonprofit organizations who share in its mission to make South Carolina a place where all can thrive. The foundation's advocacy agenda came to life in 2022, with work in the policy arena entering into a deeper and more strategic phase, and a commitment to infusing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into every part of its work remaining at the forefront.
Following is a message in the annual report from President Donna Waites and 2020-2022 Board Chair Andy Folsom.
Our state and nation have experienced challenges in the last three years that no one anticipated. However, our Foundation believes that one of our greatest opportunities can be to build on the momentum the nonprofit and philanthropic sector found when we all “came together” for the greater good of the people in our state. People and organizations began to use their voices and their power for change and saw tangible results. We are all eager to engage in the change that we want to see, and more people are now inspired to increase their civic engagement, participate in collective action, and learn ways that they can be an active part of making their community a better place for all people. In every way that we are able, our Foundation seeks to walk alongside all those that are ready to advocate, take action, and lead.
During 2022, the Foundation experienced many major milestones, with perhaps the most noteworthy being the retirement of our long-time president, Tom Keith, in July. For several months leading up to his retirement, friends, and supporters from near and far were able to share memories and celebrate his accomplishments through our social media and also at a beautiful gathering in downtown Columbia. It was at this gathering that our beloved former president also received the outstanding achievement of the Order of the Palmetto from the South Carolina Governor’s Office. The contributions that Tom made to our state and to the work of the Foundation are deep and long lasting.
As you will see in the pages to follow, our grant investments and partnerships provided impactful funding and collaboration to over 200 nonprofit organizations who share in our mission to make South Carolina a place where all can thrive. Our advocacy agenda came to life in 2022, our work in the policy arena entered into a deeper and more strategic phase, with our commitment to infusing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into every part of our work remaining at the forefront.
Our Foundation is energized to forge ahead into the future as we begin the new year under the leadership of Board Chair Macon Lovelace and a new president. It is with immense gratitude that we thank all our partners without whom we would not be able to carry out our mission.
Donna Waites, President
Andy Folsom, 2020-2022 Board Chair
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