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
January 12, 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. The Promise Neighborhood recently held a virtual community meeting and celebration to honor the 2020 Champions of Central. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is the lead partner of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood.
January 11, 2021
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland awards nearly $1.8 million in 2020 as pandemic demands innovative response
The board of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland recently approved its fourth-quarter grant docket, bringing total grant awards for 2020 to $1,785,708.87. Investments in 2020 went almost entirely toward helping grantees mitigate the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In its strategic focus areas of ending homelessness, supporting Catholic sister ministries and strengthening the Central neighborhood, SOCF saw the challenges brought on by COVID-19, especially as much of this work relies on collaboration and community.
December 30, 2020
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland podcast recalls legacy of Churchwomen murdered in El Salvador
In the December podcast episode of Generative Spirits, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland recognizes and remembers the 40th anniversary of the murder of four Churchwomen in El Salvador: Catholic Sisters Dorothy Kazel, Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, and laywoman Jean Donovan. The women served in El Salvador during a time of great political unrest. Through the podcasts, Generative Spirits: Conversations with Catholic Sisters, foundation staff have found new ways for sisters to tell the stories of their work in Northeast Ohio.
December 28, 2020
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland president named a YWCA Greater Cleveland Woman of Achievement for 2021
Susanna Krey, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and senior vice president of the Sisters of Charity Health System, has been named a YWCA Greater Cleveland Woman of Achievement for 2021. She is one of eight women in Northeast Ohio selected to receive the Woman of Achievement Award at a virtual celebration event on May 21, 2021.
December 17, 2020
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has promoted Joseph Black to the role of program officer, health equity. In this new role, Black will support the foundation’s efforts to achieve better health outcomes for Central Neighborhood families as related to the social determinants of health, specifically neighborhood safety, police-community relations and social capital.
November 6, 2020
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland-supported Housing First initiative opens 13th permanent supportive housing property
As residents recently began moving into Harper's Pointe in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood, the Housing First initiative took one step closer to ending functional chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County through permanent supportive housing. The 71 unit-Harper's Pointe is Housing First's 13th permanent supportive housing property in the county (with a total of 782 units). The Cuyahoga County Housing First Initiative began in 2002 when the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, in partnership with Enterprise and the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, convened 17 organizations to bring the permanent supportive housing model to Cleveland.
October 29, 2020
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland senior program director named Philanthropy Ohio’s Emerging Leader for 2020
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland Senior Program Director Adrienne Mundorf was recently named Philanthropy Ohio's Emerging Leader for 2020. The emerging leader award recognizes someone, regardless of age, who has engaged in philanthropy for the first time during the last few years and shows amazing potential. They showcase leadership in advancing philanthropy, engagement beyond a single community, creativity in a philanthropic endeavor or project or significant accomplishment in a short period of time.