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 Cleveland Ministry Leadership Program brings sisters and young adults together

Charles Bohnak, English teacher at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon, Ohio, is a participant in the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's Generative Spirit’s Ministry Leadership Program, which is designed to connect young professional employees of sister-founded schools with a member of the school’s sponsoring congregation. He recently reflected on his experience working alongside the sisters and the potential of connecting sisters and young adults through the program.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland awards $1.2 million in grants in first half of 2019

In the first half of the year, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland invested more than $1.2 million in the area. Its investment focused on supporting three main areas: ending homelessness, supporting Catholic sisters and their ministries, and strengthening Cleveland's Central neighborhood through health and education initiatives.[More]

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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland celebrates The Innovation Mission and fighting poverty with big ideas

For the past 18-months, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland worked to help encourage and develop innovative ideas aimed at breaking down specific barriers faced by low-income families through five fellows chosen for the Innovation Mission: Fighting Poverty with Big Ideas. The foundation held a recent community event at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland to uplift and champion the fellows’ innovative solutions to fighting poverty.[More]

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Girl Scouts honor Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland president as woman of distinction

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland President Susanna Krey was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio at their annual luncheon in May. The Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon was established to raise funds for Girl Scout scholarships and financial aid, while honoring women who are excellent role models for girls.[More]

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Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood presents high school seniors with scholarships

Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood recently celebrated the graduating seniors at East Tech High School who live within the neighborhood, presenting each of them with scholarships to help start their post-secondary education and careers. A large percentage of the graduating seniors at East Tech are residents of the Promise neighborhood, and had spent the previous several months building relationships with the Promise team.[More]

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