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

Health system ministries in Stark County part of collaborative to help families at risk for infant mortality

Toward Health Resiliency for Infant Vitality & Equity (THRIVE) in Stark County, Ohio, works to determine the factors that lead to infant mortality in the Canton community and reduce the overall infant mortality rate as well as the disparity in birth outcomes relative to white and black infants. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a funder of the program and the Early Childhood Resource Center is a community partner/referring agency for the program. Radio station WKSU recently highlighted work of the THRIVE program.[More]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Outreach, Foundations

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland part of Sisters on the Frontlines collaborative that receives national recognition

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is part of a collaborative working to share relief grants with Catholic sisters serving individuals and families affected by COVID-19. The Sisters on the Frontlines initiative led by FADICA, GHR Foundation and others, inspired a second pilot program in Northeast Ohio, with $1,000 grants for more than 60 sisters in congregations across the Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown areas. Global Sisters Report, an online publication of National Catholic Reporter, highlighted the initiative and featured foundation senior program officer Margaret Eigsti in a recent story.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Foundations

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina president discusses the nonprofit reaction to COVID-19 and what recovery looks like on health care podcast

Sisters of Charity of South Carolina Foundation President Tom Keith recently spoke about how the organization is supporting nonprofits on the frontlines of the pandemic on Taking the Pulse - A Health Care Podcast. Keith and the hosts discussed how the nonprofit world has reacted to COVID-19 and what recovery looks like. Keith discussed how the pandemic has altered how the foundation assists communities, including the formation of new partnerships and quickly awarding nearly 30 grants to address COVID-19 related problems through an emergency COVID-19 fund.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Foundations

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton helps homelessness system help those who can't stay at home

During a stay-at-home order, how do you help those who have no home to go to? The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton and other local funders have helped the Stark Housing Network and its partners answer that question, keeping clients safe during the pandemic and also helping them navigate during ever-changing circumstances. The efforts were recently highlighted in the Chronicle of Pandemic Philanthropy.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Foundations

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton supports child care providers during the pandemic

Child care has been in the spotlight throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton knew help would be needed, considering its decades-long commitment to early childhood issues. To learn the most effective ways to help, the staff went directly to the experts: the child care providers themselves. The foundation recently published an article about what was learned and how it collaborated to support the needs of child care providers during the crisis.[More]

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