The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina hosted the Assembly of Catholic Foundations Conference in Charleston June 15-17. The ACF Conference is an annual conference where Catholic Foundations meet to build capacity, network and renew their spirits for their work ahead.

Representatives from Catholic grantmaking foundations from across the country took part in the conference. The group met at Hyatt Place and the Diocese of Charleston during the three day event.

Attendees first heard a presentation from Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, and Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine. Also presenting was Rev. Bill Stanfield of Metanoia Community Development Corporation, and Barbara Kelly Duncan of Carolina Youth Development. The final day featured a panel discussing immigration, refugees and human trafficking. The day wrapped up with a presentation on “kindness” by Sister Sandra Makowski of the Diocese of Charleston.

One of the highlights of the Conference was a site visit to Mother Emanuel AME Church, which was the location of the tragic shooting of 9 church members in June of 2015. Members of the group toured the Church and then had an hour long dialogue with one of the church leaders.

The ACF is in its 18th year and will continue to bring together funders to talk about topics and issues that will help improve Catholic philanthropy across the country.