South Carolina has the 8th highest poverty rate in the nation.

That’s a number we must change.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Since 1996, the Foundation has been addressing the root causes and effects of poverty in South Carolina strategically, using our own resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

Since its founding, Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC has:

dollar symbol-01Distributed more than $62 million to help alleviate poverty in South Carolina.
handshake-01Created numerous partnerships that mobilize the resources to reduce the impact of poverty in our state.
graph-up-01Distributed more than 2750 grants to non-profits working to reduce poverty in lives of individuals and families in SC
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We’re on a mission to help families in South Carolina escape poverty.

Our Mission: In response to God’s call and in the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, the Foundation strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

Our Vision: Families in South Carolina have the resources to live out of poverty.

Our Core Values:
Compassion: displaying a profound sense of  interconnectedness
Courage: daring to take risks that our faith-based  demands of us
Respect: valuing dignity and sacredness of life from  conception through death
Justice: developing right relationships internally and  externally
Collaboration: promoting inclusive, compassionate and  collaborative relationships


Diversity makes us stronger.

“The Sisters of Charity Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families in South Carolina. We believe the diversity of our state is a fundamental strength of our communities and the people who reside in them. Our mission is best fulfilled when we embrace diversity as a value and as a practice.

We further maintain that achieving diversity requires a commitment to equality and inclusion that must find full expression in our Foundation’s culture, values, norms and behaviors. Throughout our work, we will support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing but not limited to age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, disability and sexual orientation.

Leading by example, we aspire to make diversity a core and abiding strength of the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.

That’s why we reward it.

Diversity in leadership is an important goal for us. We support diversity in all forms, including age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, disability and sexual orientation. Leading by example, we want to make diversity a core-strength of the philanthropic sector. This is why you’ll find diversity reflected in our Board, our staff, the partners we collaborate with and in the grants we provide.

Each year we also recognize an individual or organization that illustrates exemplary performance in diversity and inclusion with our Leadership in Diversity Award.

Past recipients who have championed diversity through their actions and leadership are:

  • 2011 Alice Hurley
  • 2012 Lidia Navarrete
  • 2013 The Dream Center
  • 2014 Sr. Susan Pugh, DC
  • 2015 Bud Ferillo
  • 2016 Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone
  • 2017 Dr. Reshma Khan


Inclusion makes us better.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina draws its spirit, vitality and character from the increasingly diverse mix of people that live and work in our communities. The Foundation will do its part to ensure that no person is excluded from any level of participation or service because of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, economic circumstances, religion, physical or mental abilities, or any other discriminatory reason.

Our behaviors will demonstrate:

  • open communications
  • seeking opportunities to learn
  • recognizing and rewarding actions that promote acceptance while suspending judgment

By doing this, the Foundation will foster an inclusive and open environment that helps create a more vibrant and inviting community of stakeholders.