SC Ministry Foundation
About SC Ministry Foundation
The SC Ministry Foundation is a public grant-making organization that promotes the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
Urged by the love of Christ, and in the Spirit of our founder, Elizabeth Ann Seton,
we Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati strive to live Gospel values.
We choose to act justly, to build loving relationships,
to share our resources with those in need, and to care for all creation.
Through grant making, SC Ministry Foundation:
- Provides financial support to organizations identified with the Sisters of Charity in need of support for viability and growth
- Furthers social justice by addressing the root causes of poverty, racism and oppression
- Supports services and programs that will positively impact persons living in poverty and those underserved
- Promotes collaborative initiatives for the building up of healthy communities
Since its formation in 1996, the foundation has awarded grants in support of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati congregation, its sponsored ministries, and other nonprofit organizations where Sisters are actively involved. In addition, the foundation makes grants to other unrelated nonprofits working to address issues of concern to the Sisters of Charity.
In 1979, the Sisters of Charity established the Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems. Sister Grace Marie “Amazing Grace” Hiltz, a Sister of Charity, served as the first president. Sister Grace Marie was a nurse and administrator of hospitals and served on many boards such as the Catholic Health Association and Ohio Hospital Association boards, which she chaired.
Sister Grace Marie’s untimely death in 1985 was a tremendous loss. As the Paschal Mystery teaches us, out of death and loss, painfully, and usually slowly, comes life. From the proceeds of the insurance policies on Sister Grace Marie came the $200,000 that began the Sisters of Charity Health Care Foundation.
The Sisters of Charity Health Care Foundation corpus began to grow under the leadership of visionary Sisters of Charity. In spite of its limited funds, the Foundation provided its first grant in 1986.
In 1995, the board of the Sisters of Charity Health Care Foundation approved amended articles of incorporation. The name changed to Sisters of Charity Foundation, Inc., with the member being the Sisters of Charity. In 1996, the board established mission, purpose and vision statements for the Foundation. Goals, guiding principles and criteria for funding were put into place and the Foundation began awarding grants. In 1998, the name was changed to SC Ministry Foundation.
Since 1996, the Foundation has awarded more than $158 million in grants locally, regionally and nationally. The Foundation partners with grantees to provide other services besides grant-making, including direct community investments in the form of loans, education workshops, capacity building opportunities, and one-on-one grant development and writing.
The Foundation collaborates with other funders in partnerships focused on economic opportunity, healthy futures and youth development.