President’s Letter

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

—Martin Luther King Jr.

Gerald Smalls

Tom Keith

In the spirit of The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina began its journey in philanthropy in May of 1996. For more than 20 years, the Foundation has been committed to providing resources so that individuals and families can live out of poverty. Since inception, we have invested over $67 million in the areas of education, health and social services through more than 2,938 grants in all 46 counties of the state.

Through our grantmaking efforts, expanded advocacy and strategic initiatives, dedication to strengthening the leadership of nonprofits across the state and support of the dedicated Women Religious serving in South Carolina, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to being not only a supportive presence but a force for change in addressing issues surrounding poverty in South Carolina.

All of these efforts are grounded in our core values of courage, collaboration, compassion, justice, and respect. You will witness examples of our core values in the report as we lift up individuals and organizations that are shining light for others.

In 2017, we awarded 189 grants totaling $3,309,300 million. This is our largest individual grantmaking year since 2001. Also, the Foundation continued partnering with a multitude of nonprofit organizations committed to serving those living in poverty as well as addressing systemic change, invested in initiatives lifting up immigrant families and kinship care providers and supported emerging student leaders in the world of philanthropy at Benedict College and Columbia College.

For more than two decades, the Foundation has been driven by a spirit of service set forth by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, and we continue to be grateful for their guidance as we work towards addressing issues of injustice and ending the cycle of poverty. We are thankful for the direction and support of our Board of Trustees and look forward to continuing as a strong presence to serve those most in need across the state.

It is important to also note that while the numbers of grants we’ve awarded, the dollar amounts given, the number of people served – all impressive and important, we also know that behind each number, there is a life, a story, a heart, and spirit loved by God and by us. Each life touched through the Foundation’s work has been a true blessing and we continually give thanks for the opportunities that have been given to us.

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Tom Keith

Grants Awarded Since 1996
185 grants awarded in 2017 totaling over 3.3 Million
Million Awarded in Education, Health and Social Services



Trinity Housing Corporation

In 2015 Homeless No More, which was then Trinity Housing Corporation, began to recognize that their services had a gap in them: emergency shelter services. They saw families that lived in cars show up needing emergency assistance, but were unable to support them through the St. Lawrence Place program, an existing primary program. It was with this understanding that they listened to their community and began their journey toward merging with Family Shelter, the only emergency shelter service in Columbia, South Carolina.

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“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” 

– Bryant H. McGill


Children’s Educational Center

Thumbs Up Children’s Educational Center is more than just a place for children to work on their literacy. It is a place where tenacity, understanding and compassion meet to create a safe and useful environment for children and their families.

According to their mission, Thumbs Up Children’s Educational Center “is a year-round, no-cost early literacy intervention and support services program designed to help low-performing children who are living in economically disadvantaged families to achieve grade level proficiency in reading and math; thus preparing them to become successful students in school and in life.”

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“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”

—Dalai Lama



Collaboration is an idea that is often feared. Collaboration can lead to working with competition, meeting often or differing opinions. Though it can prove to be a great challenge, when organizations get together to support a shared cause, amazing things can happen.

This challenge was met when the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina worked together with FoodShare and Columbia College to support the growth of one impressive recent graduate.

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“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”

– Mother Teresa


Shifa Free Clinic

Dr. Reshma Khan’s dream was to start a free medical clinic that served those in need and proved to be pleasing to God. After years of thinking, Khan finally found the courage to start one, prompted by one small question from her young son.

Before coming to South Carolina, Khan and her family lived in Maryland where she and her husband were practicing physicians. Khan loved her position as an OBGYN doctor and considered her job “perfect.” When Khan’s husband accepted a job at the Department of Veteran Affairs in South Carolina, Khan decided that the move was right for them as a family and that she must personally take on her children’s religious studies herself.

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“Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.”

–Ray Bradbury


The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH)

The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) has one simple goal– to collectively inform policy to improve health and health care. One way that IMPH does this is by convening legislators through their Health Policy Fellows Program.

According to IMPH’s website, “the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) developed the Health Policy Fellows Program to provide members of the General Assembly with clear, evidence-based health policy information in a non-partisan manner. The Fellows Program is intended to assist elected officials by providing resources and information related to complex health policy topics.”

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“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.”

–Eleanor Roosevelt

“Advocacy is who we are. It’s central to our mission.”

Grantmaking since 1996


596 Grants


South Carolina ranks near the bottom nationally in quality public education and many of the State’s rural impoverished counties are near the bottom nationally. The Foundation’s $12 million dollar investment in education has touched every county of South Carolina along with local and state departments of education.

From Pre-school and school readiness programs to Improved academic achievement and attendance through a national partnership, Education continues to be a high priority for the Foundation as it looks for new and innovative ways to improve learning both inside and out of the classroom.


389 Grants


The Foundation views health in the broad sense and has invested significantly to improve the health of individuals, families and communities throughout South Carolina. Whether it is supporting Free Medical Clinics, Healthy Learners, USC School of Medicine Health Partnership in Marlboro County or training school nurses on better ways to identify health issues among poor students or supporting student action with farmworkers to insure that those working in the field receive adequate healthcare access; it all matters to us. Supporting TANF Reauthorization and seeking Medicaid expansion for low income families, has been a priority for the Foundation.

To remain a steadfast voice and advocate for improved health and health access in the state continues to be a priority for the Foundation. Through new programs, partnerships and coalitions, the Sisters of Charity Foundation is poised to have a greater impact in the future because of these strong alliances.

Social Services

1,410 Grants


More funds than any other category has been invested by the Sisters of Charity Foundation over the last 20 years in support of social service and outreach programs. These programs exist in both urban and rural settings and provide a myriad of services to make life better for the poor and underserved of the state.

It might be job training and education for low income fathers so they can better provide for their children; programs supporting low income seniors so they are able to get transportation to doctor’s appointments, get their medication and have enough food to eat; or working with women so they have the skills needed to get a job and to reach their vocational and financial potential. It might be a women religious running a Catholic outreach center that provides food, clothing and training along with other support for a poor community.

Social services programs have been at the heart of the Foundation’s work these past two decades and continues to be one of our highest priorities.

Since 1996: 2938 grants were given in all 46 counties

$67 Million Dollars Awarded 

2017 Grant Awards


Anderson Free Clinic
Angels Charge Ministry
Area Churches Together Serving Acts
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island
Bailey Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic
Beyond Our Walls
Birthright of Georgetown
Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine
Bluffton Self Help
Bridges For End-Of-Life
CareFIRST Carolina Foundation
Caring and Sharing
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston
Center for Community Services
Charleston Jewish Federation
Charleston Legal Access
Cherokee County Free Medical Clinic
Children’s Recovery Center
Circle of Hope Ministries
Columbia Oral Health Clinic
Communities In Schools of the Midlands
Developmental Center for Exceptional Children
East Cooper Community Outreach
East Cooper Ecumenical Network
East Cooper Meals on Wheels
Eau Claire Shalom Ministries/Tutor Eau Claire
Family Justice Center of Georgetown County
Family Promise of Anderson County
Family Promise of Beaufort County
Family Promise of Florence
Family Promise of Pickens County
Food Bank of Greenwood County
Food For The Soul – Kershaw County
Four Holes Indian Organization Edisto Tribal
Freedom Readers
Golden Corner Food Pantry
Good Samaritan Clinic
Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic of Laurens County
Great Falls Referral Assistance Service Project
Greer Relief & Resources Agency
Hands of Christ
Harvest Hope Food Bank
Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg
Help 4 Kids Florence
HELP of Summerville
Helping Hands of Georgetown
Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour
Home Works of America
Hope In Lancaster
Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation of South Carolina
ICNA Relief USA, Shifa Free Clinic
Lighthouse Ministries
Loaves & Fishes
Loving America Street
Lowcountry Food Bank
Lutheran Social Services of the Greater Charleston Area
Meals on Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head
Meals on Wheels of Greenville
MedNeed of SC
Mental Health America Aiken
Mercy Medicine Clinic
North Family Community School
North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry
Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund
Operation Home
Operation Sight
Renew Our Community
Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates
Ride To Work Ministry Nonprofit
Safe Harbor
Sandalwood Community Food Pantry
Sea Haven
Second Helpings
Senior Resources
Smith Medical Clinic
St. Claire of Assisi St. Vincent de Paul Society
St. Mary Catholic Church Outreach
Step By Step Ministry Hope Project
Taylors Free Medical Clinic
Teachers’ Supply Closet
The Free Medical Clinic
The Therapy Place
Timmonsville Boys & Girls Club
Trident Literacy Association
Union County Carnegie Library
United Center for Community Care
United Christian Ministries of Abbeville County
Vital Aging of Williamsburg County
Volunteers in Medicine
Winfield Heights Baptist Church
York County Free Clinic

CMI Strengthening Ministry

Felician Center
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services
Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center
Springbank Christian Center Dominican Retreat
St. Cyprian Outreach Center
St. Francis Center
St. Martin de Porres Catholic School
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Community Enrichment

Anderson Interfaith Ministries
City of Rock Hill
Community Works
Compass of Carolina
Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina
Foothills Family Resources
Hope Center for Children
Indian Waters Council, Boy Scouts of America
Middle Tyger Community Center
Midlands Housing Alliance
Miss Ruby’s Kids
New Directions of Horry County
Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter
Teach My People
The Sustainability Institute
Turning Leaf Project
United Ministries
United Way of the Piedmont
Village Group

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Children’s Trust of South Carolina
Greenville Chamber of Commerce
I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and
Social Change
Phoebe Pember Foundation/The Sophia Institute
South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation


Central Carolina Community Foundation
Christian Christmas Club
Columbia College
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Ensemble Eclectica
Healthy Learners
Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg
Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina
Lighthouse Ministries
Marion County Healthcare Foundation
Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services
Pee Dee Community Project
Performing Arts And Science Academy Pasa
Saint Joseph Catholic School
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
SC Association for Community Economic Development
SC Center for Fathers and Families
Streams of Dreams
The ARK of South Carolina
The Therapy Place
Together SC
University of South Carolina Educational Foundation

Immigrant Families

Alliance for Collaboration with the Hispanic Community
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston
Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas
My Amigos Bilingual Education Center
Neighborhood Outreach Connection
Si Se Puede
South Carolina Legal Services
South Carolina Research Foundation – PASOs Program
Student Action with Farmworkers
YMCA of Beaufort County

Kinship Care

Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS)

Public Policy

Fostering Great Ideas
Institute For Child Success
South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health
Women’s Rights And Empowerment Network


Community Foundation Of Greenville for OnTrack
Family Shelter
Homeless No More
Homes of Hope
Metanoia Community Development Corporation


185 grants totaling $


42 Grants


31 Grants

Social Services

94 Grants

*This value  includes a one-time capacity building grant to the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, in the amount of $1,000,000 to be disbursed over three years.

Total Grants for 2017



97 grants


29 grants

Kinship Care

1 grant


8 grants

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

5 grants

Public Policy

5 grants

Community Enrichment

22 grants

Immigrant Families

11 grants


5 grants

Total Assets (In Millions)

Financials (2017)

Current Assets
Cash $278,430
Property and Equipment $48,425
Investments $109,240,396
Restricted Assets $1,200

Total Assets $109,601,963
Current Liabilities
Accounts Payable $5,751
Accrued Expenses $14,033
Grants Payable $600,000
Total Liabilities $619,784
Total Funds Balance $108,882,179

Total Liabilities and Balance $109,601,963


Gerald Smalls, Chair
Karen Smith, Vice ChairChair
Lisa Bernardin, SecretaryChair
John Anderson (Andy) Folsom, Treasurer
Pamela Bryant
Sister Miriam Erb CSA

Dr. Reshma Khan

Dr. Maria Kratisios
Susanna H. KreyEx Officio
Sister Sandra Makowski SSMN
Mike McCabe
Rick Mendoza
Brian Murrell
Thomas Otis
Patricia Moore-Pastides

Dr. Ronald Pitner

Maria G. Smoak
T. Mitch Watson

Foundation Staff

Back Row:
Mark Ward, Project Coordinator and Special Assistant
Kim Frohnappel, Director of Operations and Facilities Management
Lydia Royals, Digital Media Specialist
Tom Keith, President
Meredith Mathews, Program Manager
Langley Shealy, Director of Communications and Public Information
Chynna Phillips, Research and Policy Manager

Front Row (seated):
Ericka Wooten, Program and Initiatives Manager
Donna Waites, Senior Program Director

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

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Columbia, South Carolina  29204
Phone (803) 254-0230
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