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In the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, we increase the community’s ability to improve the lives of people living in poverty.

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Since 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has partnered with residents, nonprofits and community leaders to change the trajectory of poverty in Cuyahoga County. Its nearly $100 million endowment includes the first health care conversion foundation and first foundation formed by a congregation of Catholic sisters in the United States.

Through grantmaking, collaboration advocacy and more, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland works to improve 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 disparities and improve educational opportunities in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood. As a Catholic organization, the foundation extends the values of Jesus Christ through the mission of its founders – the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine – and also works to sustain the ministries of women religious.

Our Values

As a Catholic faith-based ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, we value:






Our Guiding Principles

To fulfill our mission and achieve our vision, the foundation:


by supporting individuals to improve their lives.


by researching and listening to understand the needs and concerns of the underserved.


by using knowledge to drive decisions, evaluate impact and build mission-based systems of intervention.


by advocating for just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential.


by inspiring and supporting courageous approaches to break the cycle of poverty.


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.

Our Philanthropic Tools

To accomplish our goals, we use the following tools:

  • grantmaking
  • policy advocacy
  • capacity building
  • technical assistance
  • community engagement
  • convening
  • partnerships
  • systems change approach
  • research
  • evaluation
  • continuous learning

Our vision

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland strives to achieve its vision of an equitable community in which opportunities for growth and quality of life are shared by all.