Quality Child Care
A long-term initiative to improve early education and child care has helped to increase the number of nationally accredited child care centers from one to more than 50 in Stark County. The county was later chosen as one of eight U.S. sites to receive a $5 million SPARK Initiative grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton planning and overseeing efforts to prepare three- to six-year-olds for school.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
Learn more at scfcanton.org.
Since 2001, the Stark Prescription Assistance Network of funders, social service agencies and health care providers has helped the uninsured, underinsured and Medicaid/Medicare population in Stark County obtain needed medications. This program has achieved more than $3 million in savings by identifying free or discounted drugs for people in need.
The Bethlehem Project improves access to dental care services for low-income children and their families via home visitations and case management to at-risk children up to three years of age. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton also worked with Mercy Medical Center to launch the hospital’s General Practice Residency in Dentistry and Dental Clinic that opened in 2007.
Based upon Gospel values, Catholic social teaching and the congregation's mission and beliefs as they are related to major societal challenges, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine has directed their foundations to confront key issues that impact the poor and underserved.
Therefore, the three Sisters of Charity Foundations remain committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved by understanding the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and family, and measuring the outcomes of these efforts.
Recent Blog Posts
February 27, 2024
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina publishes next installment of Systems Change Journey blog series, focusing on work in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has published another installment in its Systems Change Journey blog series. This installment examines the foundation’s journey to uplift diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging through the perspectives of board member and Mission and Values Committee Chair Dr. Tracy Bailey, and Sisters of Charity Foundation Director of Culture and Values Ericka Wooten.
February 9, 2024
Cuyahoga County, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and other community partners announce plans to reduce youth homelessness
Cuyahoga County and community partners - including the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland - announced January 29 a new plan to work toward ending homelessness for youth and young adults. The plan, funded by a $3.9 million renewable grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will provide immediate relief and work to address root causes of homelessness.
January 23, 2024
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton helps fund temporary overnight shelter for women experiencing homelessness in Stark County
With funding from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton and the Stark Community Foundation, Refuge of Hope Ministries recently opened an eight-bed temporary emergency shelter in Canton to give women experiencing homelessness a warm place to stay. The emergency shelter fills a need during winter months as the current waitlist is 2-3 weeks for women seeking shelter in Stark County.
December 13, 2023
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awards more than $2.4 million in third and fourth quarter grants
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton Board of Directors has announced $2.4 million in grants for the third and fourth quarters of 2023. The grants fall under three areas: responsive efforts that focus on social justice, strategic collaborations that focus on community connections and foundation-led initiatives that focus on systemic change.
November 10, 2023
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton recently underwent a strategic planning process, learning about the impact its current work is having and how it can deepen that work into the future. The foundation gathered diverse perspectives from throughout the community via surveys, focus groups and key informant interviews. The result is a new strategic plan that will guide work through 2026 and will continue to advance the mission of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine to support the ever-changing needs of the community.
October 25, 2023
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded 100 grants totaling $877,000 to nonprofit organizations working to reduce poverty in South Carolina. This year’s grant recipients serve all 46 counties in South Carolina, and many of these nonprofits provide services across the state. Since 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded more than 3,300 grants to South Carolina nonprofits, which total more than $83 million.
October 18, 2023
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is inviting proposals for projects aimed at bolstering the operational capacity of local nonprofit organizations. Up to $15,000 in funding will be granted per proposal. Eligible applicants are nongovernmental, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that have missions in alignment with the foundation’s mission and that: serve Stark, Wayne, Holmes, Tuscarawas, and/or Carroll counties; serve people experiencing poverty or other underserved populations; focus on health, education, or social services; and have annual operating budgets under $10 million.