The foundation is dedicated to efforts that help build a sustainable, healthy economy, promote educational success, support stronger families and contribute to long-term community development.
In order to achieve these results, the foundation uses its own resources, including making grants to eligible organizations in South Carolina. The foundation also explores endeavors to mobilize the resources of others, especially through partnerships, to confront the fundamental causes of poverty and reduce its impact across the state.
Learn more at www.sistersofcharitysc.com.
A statewide initiative designed to reduce poverty through father engagement, working to strengthen relationships between low-income fathers and their families in South Carolina.
Collaboration for Ministry Initiative
Supports congregations of women religious in their efforts with the poor and underserved, and work to strengthen and sustain sister-led ministries in South Carolina.
In South Carolina, more than 50,000 grandparents have primary responsibility for their grandchildren. The initiative continues the foundation's mission to help others live out of poverty by advocating and raising awareness for families that are often overlooked due to their socioeconomic status.
Enhancing individual and family well-being through grant making; forming strategic partnerships to support organizations that lift immigrant families out of poverty; and supporting efforts to build inclusive, welcoming environments for immigrants and their children.
Providing nonprofit organizations and leaders in South Carolina with the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge and enhance educational access, while cultivating personal and organizational responsibility and capacity.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.
Recent Blog Posts
September 5, 2023
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina director pens column about addressing poverty for Children's Trust of South Carolina
The senior director of policy and research at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently reflected on the foundation's continued exploration of what it means to be a philanthropic agency supporting anti-poverty advocacy and research efforts and the need for collaboration to address poverty in South Carolina. Her article appears on the policy forum section of the Children's Trust of South Carolina website.
June 20, 2023
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina releases 2022 annual report, highlighting grant investments and partnerships
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently released its 2022 annual report, highlighting its grant investments and partnerships that provided impactful funding and collaboration to more than 200 nonprofit organizations who share in its mission to make South Carolina a place where all can thrive. The foundation's advocacy agenda came to life in 2022, with work in the policy arena entering into a deeper and more strategic phase, and a commitment to infusing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into every part of its work remaining at the forefront.
May 18, 2023
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded 92 grants totaling $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the Palmetto State. Each organization is working to reduce poverty in South Carolina. Since 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded more than 3,300 grants to South Carolina nonprofits totaling more than $83 million.
March 17, 2023
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina president pens commentary about support for kinship caregivers
There are close to 70,000 children in South Carolina who are known to be living in the care of kin, including relatives or non-related loved ones. In a recent commentary that appeared on the Children's Trust of South Carolina Policy Forum and in The Post and Courier, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina President Donna Waites amplifies the voices of kinship families by highlighting their incredible strengths and challenges, voicing support for the nonprofits providing resources, and encouraging impactful legislation.
November 3, 2022
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded grants totaling $837,000 to 100 nonprofit organizations throughout the Palmetto State, including three national groups serving South Carolina statewide. Each organization is working to better the lives of those experiencing poverty in South Carolina. Since 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded more than 3,300 grants to South Carolina nonprofits totaling more than $82 million.
October 11, 2022
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina CEO discusses her first 90 days in virtual get-together video
Donna Waites, CEO of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, recently joined Madeleine McGee, Together SC president, for a virtual get together over lunch. They talked about Donna's first 90 days on the job and her passion for ending poverty in South Carolina. They also discussed what makes for the perfect grantor-grantee partnership, why the foundation is "all-in" on advocacy at the statehouse, as well as her vision for the organization.
September 21, 2022
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina selects five HBCU students for 2022 President's Fellows program
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announced the start of a new class for its President’s Fellows program, an initiative in partnership with HBCUs in South Carolina that provides professional development experiences in philanthropy for African American males. Launched in 2015, the President’s Fellows program addresses underrepresentation of African Americans in nonprofit leadership.