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
December 8, 2021
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood annually honors Central Neighborhood residents and staff who help partnering organizations fulfill their missions and make significant contributions to the vibrancy of the neighborhood. On November 18, more than 50 individuals gathered in a virtual celebration of these Champions of Central.
November 10, 2021
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland part of local coalition that raises more than $5.8 million to start nonprofit newsroom
A coalition of Cleveland-based organizations - including the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland - and the American Journalism Project are partnering to launch an independent, community-led, nonprofit newsroom serving Cleveland. Cleveland’s newsroom, slated for launch in 2022, will produce high-quality journalism on a daily basis that centers community voices and lets residents help set the agenda for newsgathering. The coalition of philanthropies has raised more than $5.8 million to date for the organization.
October 27, 2021
Foundation's Generative Spirits podcast features Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND, reflecting on 25 years working for the Diocese of Cleveland
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has released the latest episode of its podcast, Generative Spirits: Conversations with Catholic Sisters. In this two-part podcast, Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND, reflects on more than 25 years working for the Diocese of Cleveland, where she initiated ministries to several historically marginalized groups, including the incarcerated, the LGBTQ community, migrant families and refugees.
October 22, 2021
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood annually honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the vibrancy of the Central neighborhood through its Champions of Central awards. Nominations for this year's Champions of Central awards are due by Wednesday, October 27. Champions of Central are ideally either residents of the Central neighborhood or staff members at Central-serving organizations who help partnering organizations fulfill their missions and make significant contributions to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.
October 19, 2021
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 140,000 children lost a caregiver or parent due to pandemic-related causes. So where do those children go? Some of them could end up in the foster care system. But that system is already strained and facing new challenges because of COVID-19. What has the pandemic meant for the state of foster care? Kai Cotton, youth navigator at A Place 4 Me, spoke to WAMU's "1A" about her experience working with young people who have aged out of the foster care system and the many barriers to their growth and well-being. The Sisters
October 15, 2021
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland plans to construct a health campus, a space that provides care for the whole person, addressing medical needs as well as social and economic challenges. The new campus will continue the legacy of the Sisters of Charity’s commitment to serving the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the community. Many local organizations will be involved in bringing this health campus to life. Richaun Bunton of Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, Dr. Shemariah Arki of Sankofa Circle International and Chris Kroner of MASS Design sat down with TC Lewis of WOVU in early October to
October 1, 2021
Catholic Health World features Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland in cover story about gathering community input to inform creation of a health campus
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland in June announced plans to create a health campus in the city’s Central neighborhood, aiming to build up medical and social services around St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. In its October 1 issue, Catholic Health World features the foundation in a cover story about its work to invest in the neighborhood and gather input and ideas to create the health campus to advance health and healing.