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.
Since its formation in 1996, the Foundation has awarded grants to 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 1995, the board of the Sisters of Charity Health Care Foundation approved amended articles of incorporation, and the name changed to Sisters of Charity Foundation, Inc., with the Sole Member being the Sisters of Charity. In 1996, the Foundation began awarding grants. In 1998, the name was again changed to SC Ministry Foundation. Since 1996, the Foundation has awarded more than $160 million in grants locally, regionally and nationally.