A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland improves the lives of those most in need with special attention to families, women and children living in poverty. As a faith-based organization, the foundation extends the values of Jesus Christ through the mission of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and also works to sustain the ministries of women religious.
The foundation also commits to supporting communities of Catholic women religious and their ministries.
For decades, they have formed a critical part of our community's capacity to help those who are vulnerable. In this focus area, the foundation honors their dedication and strengthens their service.
Furthermore, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is the lead organizer on behalf of many partners to implement the Central Neighborhood Promise Neighborhood - a transformative program that wraps children in high-quality, coordinated health, social, community and educational support from the cradle to college and career.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland improves the lives of those most in need with special attention to families, women and children living in poverty. The foundation works to end homelessness in Cuyahoga County and to reduce health and education disparities in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood. As a faith-based organization, the foundation extends the values of Jesus Christ through the mission of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and also works to sustain the ministries of women religious. The Sisters of Charity of Cleveland was endowed in 1996 from the proceeds of a partnership involving St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Previously, the sisters used the proceeds of the sale of Saint Ann Hospital in 1973 to endow the Saint Ann Foundation, the first health care conversion foundation in the United States. In 2006, the two foundations merged and blended their missions.
Recent Blog Posts
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 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.
May 20, 2021
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland a partner in supportive housing development to serve transition-aged youth experiencing homelessness
Young people who experience homelessness know what they require to feel stable and confident as they transition to adulthood. Their needs, voices and plans are driving the creation of a new 50-unit supportive housing development specifically for transition-aged youth, 18 to 24 years old (TAY). The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is one of the partners leading the Housing First initiative and A Place 4 Me to bring this first-of-its-kind development to Cuyahoga County.
May 20, 2021
New supportive housing development in Cleveland to serve transition-aged youth experiencing homelessness
Partners in Cuyahoga County’s Housing First initiative today announced a partnership with A Place 4 Me to design a new 50-unit supportive housing development specifically to serve transition-aged youth age 18 to 24 (TAY) experiencing homelessness. The partners recently attracted low-income housing tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to help fund the $12 million development, which has an anticipated opening in summer 2023 in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood.
May 12, 2021
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland support of Sisters on the Frontlines initiative helps provide $1,000 to 1,000 sisters
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland joined several other organizations to found the Sisters on the Frontlines initiative, which is an alliance formed to respond to the immediate needs of communities impacted by COVID-19. As the pandemic has exacted immense tolls on society, Sisters on the Frontlines turns to direct-service Catholic sisters: sisters each receive $1,000 and a mandate to use the funds to help an individual or family suffering the adverse effects of the pandemic. The initiative reached its goal of 1,000 sisters receiving $1,000 each.
May 7, 2021
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood has promoted Richaun Bunton to managing director and Dawn Glasco to manager of engagement and social innovation. The promotions better reflect the ongoing work in the community and the role of the Central Promise Team. Promise is a collective impact movement that helps to convene partners, create shared goals and implement collaborative initiatives in Cleveland's Central neighborhood. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is the lead partner of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood.