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
May 10, 2022
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has named Donna L. Waites as its new president effective July 2022. Waites will take over for retiring leader, Tom Keith. Waites brings extensive experience to the role. She has been part of the Sisters of Charity Health System ministries, including Providence Hospitals, Providence Development Foundation and Healthy Learners, for more than 20 years. Waites began her role with Healthy Learners in May of 2000.
April 26, 2022
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton 2021 annual report celebrates 25 years of focused, intentional giving
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has released its 2021 annual report, "Celebrate the Legacy - 25 Impactful Years." The annual report showcases multiple stories that demonstrate the impact the foundation is having and the role its community partners have played. The report highlights how the foundation has invested $72 million over 25 years and $118 million leveraged in several areas, including health, education and social services. The report also details the nearly $3.3 million invested in grant recipients in 2022.
April 20, 2022
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has provided a $250,000 capital project grant to ICAN Housing in Stark County for renovations at an existing multi-unit property that provides permanent supportive housing. ICAN Housing connects people to housing, mental health services and community support.
April 5, 2022
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s mission is to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership. With its inaugural Anti-Poverty Advocacy Agenda as a guide, the foundation continues to build pathways to meaningful engagement in advocacy work. A recent blog post highlighted how the foundation works with partners to advance anti-poverty advocacy work.
March 22, 2022
The Opportunity Center from Homes of Hope is a renovation project in North Charleston, South Carolina, that will bring three, local, non-profits under one roof, while also creating space for up to three startups and a community training room. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a supporter of the project through a below-market loan. The Upstate Business Journal recently wrote about how the non-profit hub will bring new life to a now empty warehouse and will serve as a model for future non-profits.
March 10, 2022
As president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton since 2009, Joni Close has helped the foundation grow its assets to $114 million while awarding more than $72 million in grant funding. Earlier this year, Close announced plans to retire in June 2022. The Repository recently profiled Close and featured a question and answer session about living in the Canton area.
March 7, 2022
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina president shares thoughts in Post & Courier how legislators can help communities in need
Tom Keith, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, shared his thoughts on how South Carolina legislature can help communities in need in a guest column that he wrote for The Post and Courier. In the commentary, he wrote, "As lawmakers consider where to distribute $2.5 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina stands unified with the nonprofit sector in our support for $100 million be provided to further expand the impactful work of nonprofits across the state."