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
July 8, 2021
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton helps fund effort to manage chronic disease through community health workers
Chronic disease is the leading cause of death for Ohioans. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is one of several organizations helping fund a three-year effort to use community health workers to help people manage chronic medical conditions in underserved and low-income neighborhoods in Alliance, Canton and Massillon. Dr. John Humphrey, executive director of the North Canton Medical Foundation, recently updated the foundation's board about the initiative and how supporting patients with chronic conditions with community health workers significantly improves outcomes.
July 6, 2021
A Place 4 Me puts young people at the center of planning supportive housing developments for young people experiencing homelessness
"Nothing about us without us" is the mantra of A Place 4 Me, and young people have been at the center of the planning for Cuyahoga County's latest supportive housing development for young people experiencing homelessness. One of those young people is Kai Cotton, lead youth navigator at A Place 4 Me, a conglomerate of Northeast Ohio service organizations and collaborative initiative to prevent and end youth homelessness in Cleveland/Cuyahoga County. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is a longtime partner and supporter of the initiative. A recent article in The Land highlighted Cotton's work and the work of
June 30, 2021
The greater Cleveland community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the value of collaboration and rapid mobilization. To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland tapped into the responsive legacy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine to support those most affected through grantmaking, collective impact, policy advocacy and the values of its founding sisters. “Faith & Courage: The Pandemic Response Report” highlights the many ways the foundation contributed to community response between March 2020 and March 2021, and considers what lessons will inform the future.
June 21, 2021
The Post and Courier highlights work of South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families to help men play active roles in their children's lives
On Father's Day, the Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) highlighted the work the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families does to help men play active roles in their children's lives and why dads are so vital to the well-being of their children, the safety of communities and the economy of the state. The article also highlighted the impact the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has had on the center.
June 11, 2021
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards 91 grants totaling $1.5 million; reaches $80 million over 25 years
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded its first round of 2021 grants totaling $1,516,500 to 91 nonprofits that are working to make life better for people experiencing poverty. This latest round of awards pushes the total amount of grant funding to $80 million that the foundation has awarded nonprofits in South Carolina over its 25-year history.
June 9, 2021
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland partners with MASS Design Group to inform vision for Health Campus in Central neighborhood
MASS Design Group, a global design collective dedicated to delivering architecture that promotes justice and human dignity, has been engaged by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland to create a Health Campus that provides care for the whole person. In the Central Neighborhood, the Health Campus will build on the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine’s 170-year legacy of healing by bringing new services to the community that address the social determinants of health.
June 7, 2021
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has announced $939,281 in grants for the first and second quarters of this year. Foundation President Joni Close said, “The first- and second-quarter grants were awarded through the foundation’s grantmaking process, focusing on areas of interest related to our mission and goals. Along with those grants, the board approved a special round of grants in the amount of $408,012 for summer enrichment programming to help mitigate students' learning losses from the pandemic."