Gerald Smalls Chair
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.
Tom Keith President
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.
Trinity Housing Corporation
“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”
– Bryant H. McGill
Children’s Educational Center
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.”
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”
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.
“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
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.
“Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.”
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH)
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.”
“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.”
“Advocacy is who we are. It’s central to our mission.”
Grantmaking since 1996
The Sisters of Charity Foundation begins addressing the root causes and effects of poverty in South Carolina strategically, using our own resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.
The Neglect of South Carolina’s Rural Schools prompts need to build awareness for the needs of S.C.’s poorest school districts. The creation of the “Faces of Poverty” exhibit brought that attention.
South Carolina Grantmakers Network was formed. Committed to Education, Rural Development and Environment, Healthcare, and to connecting funders from all corners of South Carolina.
The fatherhood initiative, “Reducing Poverty through Father Engagement,” and launched by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.
Online grant making begins!
The Center for Fathers and Families is started. the Center is a public-private partnership between the Foundation and the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
Foundation begins its participation in Foundations on the Hill (FOTH).
Under the leadership of the Foundation, the Collaboration for Ministry Initiative begins. This Initiative represents the first systemic attempt to engage, support and sustain ministries of Catholic women religious in South Carolina.
The Foundation awards its 1000th Grant!
The Carolina Academy started offering statewide learning and development programs focused on excellence in nonprofit practice. This program provided opportunities for training more than 1,500 nonprofits leaders and practitioners.
Foundation launched its Philanthropy, Leadership and Community Engagment (PLACE) Fellows Program in partnership with Columbia College.
The Immigrant Families Initiative launched in June 2014 dedicated to enhancing the health, well-being and economic mobility of immigrant, mixed- status and refugee families.
Kinship Care Initiative launched; publicly announced formalized partnership for 2015 with The Annie E. Casey Foundation in October.
The Foundation awards its 2000th Grant!
The Foundation celebrates 20 years of grantmaking in SC and helping families live out of poverty!
In 2017, we awarded 189 grants totaling $3,309,300 million. This is our largest individual grantmaking year since 2001.
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.
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.
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
CMI Strengthening Ministry
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
*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
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Total Assets (In Millions)
|Property and Equipment||$48,425|
|Total Funds Balance||$108,882,179|
|Total Liabilities and Balance||$109,601,963|
Dr. Reshma Khan
Dr. Ronald Pitner
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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