Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to Award $370,200 in Grants

May 28, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC – The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announces eight Strategic grants, totaling $370,200, to nonprofit organizations addressing the root causes of poverty in South Carolina. Grantees will receive funding at a luncheon on June 19 in Columbia.

Through Strategic grants, the Foundation funds programs which make long-term and measureable changes to better South Carolina. In addition to addressing poverty through the program areas of education, health and social services, Strategic grants are designed for programs that are innovative, maximize community impact, have potential for replication, create sustained outcomes and benefit underserved populations and communities.

“Strategic grants allow the Foundation to be more intentional with its grant making,” said Tom Keith, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. “Now instead of just funding good programs, we are assessing the programs for greater depth and impact when it comes to how well they address the root causes of poverty, both generational and systemic.”

The eight recently awarded Strategic grantees are:

Anderson Interfaith Ministries – ($65,000.00) This program is designed to assist families in need to reduce and eventually eliminate their reliance on public assistance with a full continuum of supportive services. (Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens)

City Year – ($25,000.00) City Year corps members serve as full-time tutors, mentors, and role models at high-poverty and under-performing schools. (Richland)

Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network – ($23,000.00) Providing short-term and intermediate housing assistance and other supportive services to low-income mothers with children. (Greenville,Anderson, Pickens, Laurens, Spartanburg)

Healing Families Foundation – ($60,000.00) A program designed to provide basic supports necessary for mothers with low incomes to pursue and secure a college degree. (Richland, Lexington)

Homes of Hope – ($60,000.00) Providing safe, affordable, and energy efficient housing for low-income families or individuals while also providing job training and mentoring for men overcoming addictions. (Greenville)

KidsGrow SchoolYard Garden Classroom – ($25,000.00) A garden classroom providing a dynamic, outdoor laboratory where children are immersed in growing, preparing and eating fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the study of water, soil, seasons, weather, energy, microorganisms, insects and animals in nature. (Charleston)

Metanoia Community Development Corporation – ($70,000.00) A holistic, asset-based community renewal program designed to build leaders, establish quality housing, and generate economic development. (Charleston)

The Family Effect Foundation – ($42,200.00) Providing the basic supports necessary for disadvantaged, low-income mothers to pursue and secure a college degree. (Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens) 


About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, 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.