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Generative Spirit in the News: Global Sisters Report explores ‘Nuns and Nones’

“Working closely with sisters through both her job and Nuns and Nones, 29-year-old Rachel Drotar said sisters have taught her that activism is not something you participate in, but rather, integrate into your life.” Generative Spirit Program Coordinator Rachel Drotar…
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Sisters get out the vote: “The most powerful nonviolent tool”

At the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, we are committed to uplifting and amplifying the voices of Catholic sisters, who bring a unique approach to justice and service to our communities. The following is a statement from the Justice,…
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Senior program director named 2020 Emerging Ohio Philanthropist

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland congratulates Adrienne Mundorf, senior program director, on being 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…
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New podcast amplifies voices of Northeast Ohio sisters in service

Through their new podcast, Generative Spirits: Conversations with Catholic Sisters, SOCF staff have found new ways for sisters to tell the stories of their work in Northeast Ohio. Hosted by Margaret Eigsti, senior program officer, and Rachel Drotar, Generative Spirit…
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SOCF seeks evaluation partner for Promise Ambassador program

Since 2010, the foundation has been the lead convenor of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Initiative (Promise). Promise, a collective impact initiative modeled similarly to Harlem Children’s Zone, works to improve outcomes for children, families and community in three ways:…
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Statement on the passing of Billie Osborne-Fears

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and partners at the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood are deeply saddened by the passing of Billie Osborne-Fears, longtime leader of Starting Point Billie carried her integrity and passion for all to see. Through…
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NOTE: SOCF Email Outage Coming 9/18 – 9/20

Please note: As of end of business on Thursday, September 17, 2020, all SOCFCleveland.org email addresses will be temporarily suspended through Sunday, September 20 for system maintenance & upgrades. During this time, all emails sent to addresses ending in socfcleveland.org…
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Sisters on the Frontlines receives national recognition

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is part of a collaborative working to share relief grants with Catholic sisters serving individuals and families affected by COVID-19. The Sisters on the Frontlines initiative led by FADICA, GHR Foundation and others,…
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SOCF President named among Crain’s Women of Note 2020

From Crain’s Cleveland Business: Each year, Crain’s Cleveland Business honors a group of women who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to Northeast Ohio. This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic turmoil, that commitment has been more critical than ever….
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Right to Counsel-Cleveland launches to offer free legal help in evictions

Housing instability, often caused by eviction, is a root cause of poverty in Cleveland. The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland began researching ways to address this issue in partnership with the Sisters of Charity Foundation’s Innovation Mission fellowship. On October…
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SOCF, partners give $60,000 for sister response to COVID-19

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has joined other funders across the country to support Catholic sisters in their response to the immediate needs of communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of the vital and trusted role Catholic…
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SOCF Cleveland Gives More Than $1.3 Million in First-Half 2020 Grants

Funds Support COVID-19 Response, Ending Homelessness, Catholic Sister Service & Ministry The board of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland recently approved its second-quarter grant docket, bringing total grant awards for 2020 to $1,383,608.87. A majority of funding in…
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2020 Grant & Grantee Details

First Quarter 2020 Grants Organization Name Project Name Amount Awarded Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio Insuring Ohio’s Children – Reaching the Finish Line $100,000.00 The Cleveland Foundation Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund $50,000.00 Funders Together to End Homelessness Learning and Networking…
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Statement regarding systemic racism in our communities

A message on behalf of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland At the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, we condemn and revile the acts of violence against the black community, in particular black males, at the hands of…
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Good Samaritan grants support food, hygiene needs in wake of COVID-19

Amid this unprecedented global crisis, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland expedited its Good Samaritan grants program to provide financial support to the many organizations working around the clock to respond to unmet needs in our communities. As of…
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SOCF supports Ohio advocacy for food access during COVID-19

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF) is one of several statewide health, education and child advocacy organizations calling for the DeWine Administration to act swiftly to submit a plan to the USDA to provide additional money for food for…
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SOCF provides masks & support in response to unmet needs

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF Cleveland) has acquired and distributed more than 20,000 protective face masks to organizations across Northeast Ohio, with special focus on unmet needs for individuals experiencing homelessness, as well as those ministries founded…
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For partners and grantees: COVID-19 federal support resources

As a supporter of hundreds of small nonprofit organizations throughout its history, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland wants to ensure all are taking every opportunity to secure federal loans to sustain business throughout this period of global pandemic….
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Postponed: The Innovation Mission 2020-21

As you may have seen in our recent update about how the foundation is responding to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the application process for The Innovation Mission. We want to ensure we are taking all appropriate measures to…
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A message from SOCF on our COVID-19 response

To our community: In these days when we are all feeling uncertain about this unprecedented crisis, we at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF) are finding inspiration in the legacy of all of those who came before us, the Sisters…
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