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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland awards $468,150 in grants in 2Q 2018

CLEVELAND – The board of directors of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has approved $468,150 in grants for the second quarter of 2018.

Second-quarter funding is focused heavily on health initiatives and health policy, as well as continued support of Catholic sisters and their ministries.

“This quarter’s funding really speaks to the origins of our foundation,” said Susanna H. Krey, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. “Two decades ago, the Sisters of Charity Foundation secured the legacy of the Saint Ann Foundation, the first health conversion foundation in the country, which supported initiatives and collaborations in health to help improve the lives of Clevelanders. As the health care industry continues to learn more about the social determinants of health and their impact on our communities, we are also looking toward policy analysis and change to ensure that we are thinking about how systemic change can affect health outcomes.”

Approved grants for the second quarter of 2018 include the following:

  • The foundation awarded $60,000 to the Health Policy Institute of Ohio to continue its work in policy analysis related to the many factors that impact health, including clinical care, the social determinants of health and health behaviors.
  • The foundation has given $35,000 to Philanthropy Ohio to support its Health Initiative work plan.
  • The foundation awarded $20,000 to Medworks, identified by the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership (CHAP) as a strategic partner to link the un/underinsured with healthcare through large-scale health clinics.
  • The foundation awarded $30,000 to Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc. for continued support of HEALing Central and Kinsman, a collaborative effort to influence leadership development among residents through healthy eating and active living project development and coordination with partner organizations.
  • The foundation gave $30,000 to Building Healthy Communities, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System that will sustain the youth and garden workforce development programs, nutrition education programs for youth, and other resident-led wellness programs.
  • The foundation awarded $15,000 to Cleveland Food Stories, a collaboration between StoryLenz, Blue Heron Productions, the FARE initiative, and the Media Working Group, to support the development and dissemination of a collection of documentary films to raise awareness about the history and impacts of Cleveland local food access and food justice initiatives.
  • The foundation awarded $40,000 to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio to maintain and establish new partnerships with stakeholders outside the traditional housing sector.
  • The foundation gave $21,000 to Friendly Inn Settlement House to upgrade its computer learning center in order to provide access to computer technology and vocational training, as well as provide digital access to the Central community.
  • The foundation awarded $10,000 to Joseph’s Home, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, to evaluate Joseph’s Home’s readiness to meet the needs of homeless women, in addition to its ongoing focus on housing and medical respite care for homeless men.
  • The foundation gave $14,150 to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, to support a mission-oriented volunteer from Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps to serve as a nurse assistant in the emergency room.
  • The foundation awarded $50,000 to the Coalition with Young Adults as a vital partner in the foundation’s Generative Spirit initiative, designed to inspire the transition of Catholic sister-led, sister-founded ministries to the next generation of leaders.
  • The foundation gave $43,000 to the Conference of Religious Leadership (CORL) to continue staff and programming support for its role in the Generative Spirit effort.


2018 Saint Ann Legacy Grant Program

The foundation also awarded $100,000 to several area organizations through the foundation’s annual Saint Ann Legacy Grant program, which supports the ministries of Catholic sisters as they work to meet the needs of God’s people. This responsive grantmaking program honors the tradition of the Saint Ann Foundation, the country’s first health conversion foundation and predecessor of the current Sisters of Charity Foundation. This year’s grantees focus on improving quality of life for vulnerable populations, enrichment opportunities for targeted populations and transition planning for sister-led ministries and programs. Grantees represent nine congregations of Catholic sisters, across Northeast Ohio, which includes the Dioceses of Cleveland and Youngstown. Grantees this year include Blessing House, Centering Space, House of Champions, Interfaith Wellness Ministry, Julie Billiart School, Magnificat High School, Centro San Pablo, Urban Community School, Ursuline Piazza, Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and The Village at Marymount.


Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

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.


The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System – a family of Catholic health care, grantmaking and outreach ministries healing individuals, families and communities in Ohio and South Carolina.

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