SC Ministry Foundation Update

January 1, 2019

As we look ahead to the New Year, the Sisters of Charity and SC Ministry Foundation are excited to share how we are planning to implement some enhancements in 2019. Recently we shared with you how the Sisters of Charity have set a new, simplified direction for the Foundation which includes the process of absorbing the Foundation’s administrative operations into the Congregation. In addition, we have continued to consider the results from the 2017 Grantee Perception survey which surfaced additional opportunities to streamline processes to be more “user friendly” for our grantees.

As a result, SC Ministry Foundation will be shifting from two responsive grant cycles per year to offering one annual responsive grant cycle. The once-a-year grant cycle will maintain the same budget capacity equivalent to the combined budget of two cycles.

The next grant cycle will begin accepting funding requests on January 16, 2019 for funding that would begin in July 2019. Additional information regarding the grant application process may be found on the Foundation’s website: http://www.scministryfdn.org/grants-overview/

The Foundation will continue to limit the term for each funding request to a one-year grant. We remain committed to streamlining reporting requirements and payment schedules, particularly for smaller grants.

We hope that our streamlining efforts result in a more effective, less time consuming grant process for your organization. Please be sure to consider how the change to one responsive grant cycle per year may impact your organization in terms of your budget and the timing of future grant requests.

Please note that all correspondence, grant reports and other Foundation-related business should be directed to Diane Geiser, who will forward the information to the appropriate Sisters of Charity personnel. The new mailing address for the SC Ministry Foundation and Diane’s contact information are:

SC Ministry Foundation
Attention: Diane Geiser
5900 Delhi Road
Mount St. Joseph, OH 45051

Phone: (513) 347-1122
Email: diane.geiser@srcharitycinti.org

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati have a marvelous mission which never rests, and it propels us into the future. We are hopeful that we can continue to improve the ways in which we support your efforts to respond to the needs of our day. Together with you, our partners in mission and ministry, SC Ministry Foundation faces the future with confidence, commitment and enthusiasm.

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A Letter From Sister Joan Cook, SC, President of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

For Immediate Release  |  December 3, 2018

Delhi Township, Ohio – The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are reaching out today to the stakeholders of SC Ministry Foundation to announce that we have formulated a new direction for the Foundation. As we look at the changing realities in our world and in our own Congregation, we have been asking ourselves what changes we need to make, in order to simplify and reorganize where appropriate. We have been praying, studying and discerning the best next steps to position our ministries for the future.

The Sisters of Charity will be repositioning the Foundation to absorb the operations within the Congregation, which will eventually result in moving operations from the current location at Mount St. Joseph University to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse campus. This repositioning will be effective January 1, 2019.

The Foundation Corporation will remain intact, but the Foundation will be directly operated by the Congregation. It will operationally function much more simply as part of the Congregation, in a manner similar to the Sisters of Charity Seton Enablement Loan Fund. We anticipate an ongoing, robust level of granting capacity and grant awards.

With this new, simplified structure the current Foundation Board of Directors and Board Committees are being immediately dissolved, and will be replaced by a small internal Board of Directors. The current Foundation staff will not be retained beyond December 31, 2018. Amelia, Donna Jo and Michael have been committed and effective in operating the Foundation during our period of discernment and we are grateful for their dedicated service to our mission.

We will be communicating additional information in the coming weeks as we transition into the new structure, including updated contact information.

We want to assure those organizations with current grants that our commitments will be honored. Also, it will be business as usual for those organizations with grant applications in process this cycle. In the very near future we will be sharing with you the status of your application. As we transition to our new structure, we will also be providing information to you regarding the next grant submission cycle.

We are grateful to all of you as our partners in ministry and look forward to working together to risk a caring response.

Sister Joan Cook, SC
President, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati