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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

It’s all around us. Need. The stresses of poverty have become more entrenched and pervasive; the needs of many living in our community have grown larger than the resources available to meet them.

The Roots of Innovation: Why SOCF is investing in big ideas

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Wanted: Innovative Ideas to Fight Poverty

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Foundation awards $300,000 in first-quarter grants

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$300K in grants to reduce infant mortality

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Nation’s first county-level Pay for Success program

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FreshLo Project Uses Food, Art & Culture to Restore Communities

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Cleveland/Cuyahoga Co. to House 100 Homeless Youth in 100 Days

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New data on economic polarization underscore need for ‪‎growth and opportunity‬

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SOCF Innovation Mission fellows featured on WKYC

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From our Fellows: Breaking down barriers to restore the American dream

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Celebrating Sisters During National Catholic Sisters Week

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Housing First on pace to end long-term homelessness in Cuyahoga County by 2020

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Cleveland Team Exceeds Goal in 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

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Report highlights results, learnings and next steps for 100-Day Challenge to end youth homelessness

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SOCF: Facilitating systems change to end youth homelessness

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Creating a strategy for our times

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With 20 years of service to guide us – along with valuable input from our key stakeholders, community leaders and grantees – the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is advancing a plan of action for confronting poverty.

Our plan calls for an intense focus of resources on a few key areas derived from our history, expertise and sense of urgency:

We are putting our hope into action to generate positive and enduring change for people in need.

How we work

We are a 501c3 public charity that operates as a grantmaking foundation in the community. Our grantmaking builds the capacity and sustainability of local organizations that apply evidence-based models or promising, innovative methods. We work with our grantees to evaluate outcomes and share results and our knowledge with the community. And, we cultivate advocacy efforts to effect systemic change.

We know we can achieve more in cooperation with others than alone. In community-wide collaborations, we represent the unique needs of the people we serve. We will also leverage the shared values and expertise of the Sisters of Charity Health System and other Catholic health and social service organizations.