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We award funds to organizations that meet the needs of the poor and build upon the strengths and abilities of individuals.Learn More
We share knowledge that helps people find solutions to issues around poverty, systemic change and community involvement.Learn More

Addressing the needs of our state’s poor and underserved.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation serves the unmet needs of children, families and communities in South Carolina through a variety of programs, grant opportunities, collaborative ventures, education and training for nonprofit organizations.

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SC has the 8th highest poverty rate in the nation.
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We’ve awarded 1950 grants to fight poverty in our state.
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We’ve awarded $55 million to fight poverty since we began.
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Nearly 17% of all homeless in SC are children.

FOUNDATION EVENTS

Jun
3
Wed
Why integrate Your Public Relations and Marketing Strategy?
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

In many organizations, Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) is an often-misunderstood practice within the marketing, media and advertising industries. In fact, IMC is a simple concept that ensures that all marketing tools are carefully integrated so that they work together for stronger results and public relations is usually at the apex of it all. In this session, you’ll gain an understanding of the foundation of IMC.

During this session you will:

  • Learn the basic components of IMC.
  • Understand why brands are turning to IMC for better results.
  • Examine a recent, successful IMC campaigns.

Learn how to develop and maintain an effective IMC strategy.

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Bianca Crawford is the owner of the Crawford Austin Agency, a full service Public Relations, Marketing and Event Management Firm located in Columbia, South Carolina whose clients range from non-profits, law firms, small businesses and educational institutions.  Bianca is also a university instructor in the Department of Mass Communications at Claflin University. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina and a Masters degree in Organizational Change and Leadership from Columbia College. Bianca previously worked in the finance and television industry prior to creating the Crawford Austin Agency.

Bianca takes pride in giving back to her community and is an active member of the Columbia Junior League, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and previously served on numerous boards including the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Development Corporation and was a founding member of Columbia’s Opportunity Resource (COR).

Bianca is a graduate of Leadership Columbia and in 2008 was named one of the “Top 20 under 40”by the State Newspaper, Young Professional of the Year by the
Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and in 2014 she was named Top 40 under 40 by Black Pages USA.

 

Jun
5
Fri
CMI Grant Deadline
Jun 5 all-day
Jun
18
Thu
Foundation Grantee Luncheon
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am
Jun
25
Thu
The Four Pitfalls of Communications (WEBINAR) @ Sisters of Charity Foundation Webinar
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The Four Pitfalls of Communications (WEBINAR)

Let’s face it.  Trying to communicate effectively is sometimes like navigating a minefield of interactions.  Whether it’s our body language, our tone or the choice of words we use, sometimes we get it right, and sometimes we don’t.  In this session, you will hear about four primary areas where communications go wrong most often, and what we can do to avoid the potentially explosive outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Given the four styles of communications, participants will learn their style, how it’s best used, and where it falls short.
  • Provided a list of “annoying habits”, participants will be able to identify habits they exhibit that may drive others nuts!
  • Participants will learn techniques for proper email etiquette to avoid misunderstanding when communicating in writing.

Betty photo2Betty Parker is a professional speaker, author, and trainer. She provides engaging presentations and training to corporations and individuals who have a desire to grow professionally and personally.  Her degree in broadcast journalism from LSU affords her the educational background to write and speak professionally.  Betty became a trainer in 1998 when she was a key account manager in the biotech industry.  She started her own training company in 2006. As a leadership consultant, she specializes in the following topic areas: communications, teamwork, diversity, conflict management, employee engagement, coaching and mentoring, customer service, and more.  Her corporate customers find her delivery engaging and the results she delivers tangible and measurable.  She is at work on her next book “What You Don’t Say Matters”.  She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Development through the Association for Talent Development.

Jul
22
Wed
Who is Your Neighbor? Finding the Answer and Making a Difference
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

If asked to list seven non-profits in a five-mile radius of your organization could you do it? Do you know if you can collaborate on special projects and avoid duplication of services? Consider the possibility of making your organization, community, state and nation a better place because you know your neighbor.  This workshop is designed to get participants to answer hard questions such as, “why can’t we all just get along” and explore how to rid ourselves of the “competition spirit”.  Leave this workshop with a strategic roadmap on getting to know your neighbor thus making your organization and community a better place.

SchrendriaRobinsonRev. Schrendria Robinson is an ordained Associate Pastor at Bethel AME Church and the President of Clear Vision Seminars & Consulting both in Columbia, SC.   She has been working with non-profit organizations and congregations for over 15 years helping them to strengthen their services via strategic planning sessions, board development, team building and grant writing.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Clark Atlanta University.  She also earned a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina.

In her spare time she loves writing as she is a published author and blogger.

Aug
13
Thu
Carolina Academy Development Program
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 2:15 pm
Aug
19
Wed
Are you Fiscally Fit? @ Sisters of Charity Foundation
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This is a hands-on workshop where managers, staff and board members of nonprofit and faith-based entities can learn how to assess the fiscal strength of their organization.  Participants will learn how to determine whether financial management best practices are being used throughout their financial operations. This workshop will increase the comfort level of participants in reading and interpreting nonprofit financial statements, and will demonstrate how the financials can work in tandem with organizational strategic planning.  Participants will also learn more about the budgeting and reporting process and how this can be a valuable tool in strengthening internal controls within their organizations.

J Breland Feb 2015 (2)Jackie F. Breland is a Certified Public Accountant, financial consultant and President of Jackie Breland Consulting, P.A., a firm that provides comprehensive financial management services to clients in the nonprofit and  governmental sectors in South Carolina.  Jackie’s focus area is working with small to medium-sized organizations to help build financial management capacity and strengthen accounting systems and processes.  Some of the areas where she provides specific consulting services to nonprofits and local governments include cash flow management, federal grant reporting and compliance, and budget development.  She has over 32 years of
financial management experience.

Sep
1
Tue
Community Enrichment Grant Deadline
Sep 1 all-day
Sep
16
Wed
How Do I Draw Lines That Establish Respect? @ Sisters of Charity Foundation
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Drawing lines and setting boundaries for others can serve the parallel purpose of establishing respect. People usually don’t cross a line if they know it’s there. In our personal lives, those lines are drawn in our minds so they are invisible to others. People bump up against them and step over them regularly much to our chagrin. We get annoyed and cornered into having a difficult conversation that could turn tense if we approach it wrong. Therefore, it’s helpful if we can draw the lines in our lives upfront and clearly. This workshop will help you learn how. Whether it’s an in-law who’s always butting into your marriage, a friend who borrows too much and too often, a boss who yells at you at work, a child who talks back or a client who expects you to deliver on ridiculous requests, everyone has to know when they’ve gone too far. Learn how to place limits tactfully and help others to respect your time and space.

Betty photo2Betty Parker is a professional speaker, author, and trainer. She provides engaging presentations and training to corporations and individuals who have a desire to grow professionally and personally.  Her degree in broadcast journalism from LSU affords her the educational background to write and speak professionally.  Betty became a trainer in 1998 when she worked in the biotech industry.  She started her own training company in 2006. As a leadership consultant, she specializes in communications, teamwork, diversity, conflict management, coaching and mentoring, and more.  She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Development through the Association for Talent Development.

Sep
24
Thu
Carolina Academy Development Program
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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