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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
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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.

SC has the 8th highest poverty rate in the nation.
We’ve awarded 1,900 grants to fight poverty in our state.
We’ve awarded $54 million to fight poverty since we began.
Nearly 17% of all homeless in SC are children.


November – December 2014

Southeastern Council of Foundations Annual Meeting
Nov 12 – Nov 14 all-day
Nonprofit Leadership Development Program
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Power and Authority, Crimson Tide (1995, Tony Scott, Director  Examine the difference between power and authority.  Does the distinction matter to potential followers? Crimson Tide offers a stark comparison of leadership approaches during a crisis.

Collaboration: Breaking the Silos @ Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Facilitated by Melanie Colcough from SCThrive

Collaboration: Breaking the Silos

A cord with three strands is not easily broken. If you have a need in your community or organization, why reinvent the wheel? There are others doing phenomenal things right in your own back yard–join them!

Session Objectives:

  1. Learn the fundamentals about how to collaborate with others to accomplish your organization’s goals;
  2. Use collaboration to meet the needs in your community;
  3. Become more attractive to funders through collaboration; and
  4. Hear from a funder and how other nonprofits are successfully using collaborations in their communities.

About the facilitator:

Melanie Colclough has over 14 years serving non-profits, faith based organizations, and school districts. She received an MPA from the City University of NY (CUNY – Baruch College) and a BA from the University of South Carolina (USC). She also earned grant writing certifications from USC and the National State Office of Rural Health. Melanie is a National Urban Fellow, an alumna of Leadership South Carolina and a member of the MUSC Board of Visitors, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pi Alpha Alpha and vice chairman of the Richland County CASA Foundation board. She a graduate of the Francis Marion University Non-Profit Leadership Institute and the Duke University Non-Profit Management certification program. Melanie is a facilitator for Financial Peace University, a financial wellness program.

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Collaboration for Ministry Initiative Statewide Conference
Nov 21 – Nov 23 all-day
Listening Session with Transitions
Dec 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
PLACE Fellow Reception
Dec 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Teacher Workshop
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Learn what they’re doing to address poverty with the funds the foundation has awarded.


Upstate Collaborative…together…for good!


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 ”This program has forced me to confront the reality of the type of leader that I have been. I am more knowledgeable about how a nonprofit should function and I am better equipped to resolve conflicts that may arise.”

Carolina Academy graduate, Sisters of Charity Foundation
“Sisters of Charity has equipped me with tangible tools and strategies to use in the work place, and further developed my confidence to apply them.”

Leadership program graduate, Imperio Theme
“The new connections and the boldness I have gained as a leader are invaluable.”
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