The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina funds hope in South Carolina by supporting projects that address poverty every day in our State. We not only invest in organizations that help reduce poverty, we’ve started some of our own initiatives to help tackle some of the biggest challenges we see. Creating a path for positive groundbreaking work that strengthens families and communities experiencing poverty and laying the groundwork for social change through new initiatives.

Immigrant Families Initiative

South Carolinians who were born abroad make multiple contributions to the state’s economy sharing business, leadership, education, labor and other skills. Representing nearly 5% of the state’s total population, immigrants are one of the fastest growing segments of the state’s population, the majority coming from Latin America, followed by Asia and Europe. These newcomers bring tremendous strengths despite adverse circumstances a large number face who live in low-wealth communities. In order for South Carolina to compete economically, culturally responsive services are needed for immigrant and refugee families to excel and thrive.

Integrating immigrants and refugees yields tremendous benefits for South Carolina, ultimately contributing to shared prosperity and economic vitality for all. Rooted in the Foundation’s mission and core values of compassion and courage, the Immigrant Families Initiative launched in June 2014 dedicated to enhancing the health, well-being and economic mobility of immigrant, mixed-status and refugee families. Working to lift families out of poverty, we invest and leverage strategically, convene stakeholders and form intentional alliances supporting community-driven efforts to build inclusive, welcoming places for new South Carolinians. We have invested more than $400,000 to organizations serving families struggling to make ends meet across the state. Recognizing that communities flourish when all members feel they belong, we welcome and embrace New Americans who strengthen the communities we care deeply about across South Carolina, a place they consider home.

The Immigrant Families Initiative seeks to improve the health, well-being and economic mobility of first and second generation immigrants, mixed status families and refugees working alongside our grantees, community stakeholders and philanthropic partners by achieving the following results:

  • boost resources of families living below 200% of the poverty line to meet basic needs of a safe, stable place to live, access to enough food, affordable health coverage and quality child care;
  • build inclusive, welcoming communities increasing social capital of newcomers;
  • employ two generation strategies to strengthen and support families;
  • improve educational outcomes from early childhood to postsecondary educational pathways;
  • enhance workforce and career skills for family-sustaining employment or entrepreneurship;
  • support DREAMers positioning them for success and next generation leadership;
  • bolster efforts to obtain citizenship, naturalization or other legal statuses;
  • increase civic engagement to strengthen communities and create social change.

Funding in this category is only for strong nonprofit organizations whose work aligns with our mission and two or more of the above targeted results we seek to achieve. Each applicant must present a solid, established plan for measuring their goals, outcomes and results to demonstrate targeted impact. We partner with nonprofits willing to collaborate, share emerging ideas and promising practice models for potential replication. We welcome opportunities to dialogue and partner with other funders for greater leverage and deeper grantmaking impact.

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To learn more about the Immigrant Families Initiative, contact Ericka Wooten at (803)254-0230 x 18 

Research Brief March 2013