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:

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

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.


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


The Vital Role of Immigrants in Ohio

FeaturedThe Vital Role of Immigrants in Ohio

A new report, Our Pathway to a Brighter Future: Ohio’s New Americans, has revealed evidence that immigrants play a crucial role in Ohio’s economy and that further investments in services for immigrants would expand positive outcomes. The report is the result of the collaboration from SC Ministry Foundation and several Ohio funders, which sought to understand Ohio’s underserved immigrant populations and their contributions to our communities.

“Immigrants and their children represent the majority of projected labor-force growth in the United States over the next four decades,” said Richey Piiparinen, director of The Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University and the report’s author. “By making investments in supportive services here in Ohio, particularly for our newest immigrants, we can expedite their ability to positively contribute to Ohio’s economy.”

While many of Ohio’s immigrants have achieved conventional markers of success, including rates of educational attainment 15.4 percentage points higher than native-born Ohioans (42.1 percent of Ohio’s immigrants hold a four-year degree or higher compared to 26.7 percent of native-born Ohioans), immigrants have higher poverty rates than the native-born population (18.7 percent to 14.4 percent). This reality is a function of the time it takes to acclimate to a new country and its customs, and can be lessened with improved access to three types of services:

  • adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services and Spanish GED services throughout the state;
  • legal services that are affordable and available regardless of legal status;
  • a full-range of healthcare services that are available regardless of legal status and that address physical, mental, and oral health.

Supporting immigrants creates benefits for native-born Ohioans. Immigrants are more likely to fill physically demanding and emotionally draining jobs in high-demand fields such as home health care, catapulting native-born Ohioans into more skilled labor. As Ohio’s population ages, immigrants will play an important role in filling jobs for the estimated 1.1 million personal and home health care providers needed in the United States by 2026.

Additional findings in the report include:

  • Ohio’s immigrants have higher rates of family formation than native-born Ohio households, with 62.2 percent of immigrant households comprised of married couples with children compared to 56.4 percent of native-born.
  • While Ohio’s population growth is almost stagnant, growing at only 0.15 percent since 1998, immigrants help to stabilize Ohio’s population and are a source of growth.
  • Still, only 4.4 percent of Ohio’s population is composed of immigrants compared to 13.6 percent of the U.S. population. This is the largest divide between Ohio and the nation in modern history, and ranks Ohio in the bottom five nationally.

“Ohio’s immigrants drive cultural, economic, and social dynamism,” Piiparinen said. “By improving language, legal, and healthcare services, we can help immigrants contribute to Ohio’s economy and our communities more quickly. We must begin to imagine immigrant support services as a launchpad, not a safety net.”

Click to download the full report.

About the report

Our Pathway to a Brighter Future: Ohio’s New Americans is the result of a collaboration of funders coordinated through Philanthropy Ohio. It was funded through the generous support of The George Gund Foundation, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, Needmor Fund, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, Open Society Foundations and SC Ministry Foundation.

Grants Awarded to 28 Nonprofits

SC Ministry Foundation conducts semi-annual responsive grant cycles for funding requests from qualified nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations which align with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati mission.

In June the SC Ministry Foundation Board of Directors approved fifteen responsive grants for:

Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver, Denver, COto provide indigent and low-income immigrants in the Archdiocese of Denver legal advice and application assistance, deportation defense, including immigration education and parish outreach.

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO – to provide immigrant families living at or below the poverty level services designed to help families successfully move out of crisis, build resiliency, and achieve stability.

Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, Cincinnati, OH – to serve and educate low-wage and immigrant workers and advocate against wage theft and unpaid wages to achieve positive systemic change.

Elder High School, Cincinnati, OH – to provide technological, educational, and community outreach programs within the Price Hill community through the tech-reach program.

FutureChurch, Lakewood, OH –  to support their Catholic Women Preach initiative to increase engagement of younger Catholics in Church life and leadership.

Holy Family School, Cincinnati, OH – to support the social worker program that contributes to the spiritual, social, intellectual, and physical development of each child.

Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, Columbus, OH – to expand energy stewardship activities for houses of worship and other faith-based nonprofits.

Ohioans to Stop Executions, Columbus, OH – to educate and raise awareness about the flaws in Ohio’s capital punishment and criminal justice system.

St. Joseph Orphanage, Cincinnati, OH – to support behavioral therapy training to support children and adults who struggle with mental health and behavioral concerns.

St. Lawrence School, Cincinnati, OH – to support the counselor/social worker program which supports the spiritual, academic and personal development of a diverse community of students.

St. William School, Cincinnati, OH – to support the social worker program to help students overcome barriers to their education which include their health, safety, socio-economic needs and concerns.

SBP (formerly St. Bernard Project), New Orleans, LA – to  support rebuilding homes in South Louisiana.

Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH – to support building better lives for people with disabilities that are filled with relationships, purpose, and meaningful contributions.

US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, Wayne, PA – to support education and advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery.

Working in Neighborhoods, Cincinnati, OH – to support the net-zero energy housing development in South Cumminsville for low and moderate-income residents.

Also approved were thirteen director’s responsive grants awarded to organizations in Rome, Italy, Washington DC, Maryland, Colorado, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania that will advance our mission nationally and globally.

The semi-annual responsive grants represent one type of grant program provided by SC Ministry Foundation. In addition, the Foundation provides grants for sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity, capacity building grants, and discretionary grants. In 2014, the Sister Elise Grant was introduced as a small grant fund for programs where a small amount of money can make a big difference.

For more information, see:

Funding priorities

Responsive grant process

Sister Elise Grant

SC Ministry Foundation President and Executive Director Sister Sally Duffy to Retire

For Immediate Release  |  July 13, 2017

Delhi Township, Ohio –The SC Ministry Foundation has announced the retirement of Sister Sally Duffy, SC as president and executive director of the SC Ministry Foundation. With this announcement, Sister Sally shared, “I remain deeply grateful for the call to servant leadership at the SC Ministry Foundation. Thank you to all the organizations who have partnered with the Foundation in sharing the Sisters of Charity mission to act justly and to share their resources with those in need.”

The SC Ministry Foundation is a public grant-making organization that promotes the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Sister Joan Elizabeth Cook, SC, president of the Sisters of Charity congregation stated: “We thank Sister Sally for her sixteen years of leadership and the positive impact she has had on the many groups, near and far, that have benefitted from the Foundation.”

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The SC Ministry Foundation is dedicated to many social justice issues such as the revitalization of the Price Hill neighborhoods in Cincinnati, comprehensive immigration reform, and access to affordable, quality health care. Sister Sally has earned numerous recognitions including: the St. Katherine Drexel Award from Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) for exemplary and outstanding contributions to philanthropy on behalf of the Church and the common good; recognition by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) for service to women religious in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina; recipient of the Gabriel Award as co-executive producer of the documentary, “We Shall Not Be Moved: Catholic Sisters of New Orleans;” the Catholic philanthropy Charles Carroll Award for her love for the poor and her passion for social justice; the Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount St. Joseph University; and the Career Woman of Achievement by the Greater Cincinnati YWCA.

“Sister Sally has been an invaluable asset to the success of the Foundation and has served as an important counselor to many Foundation grantees, community partners and to the board,” shared Denise Kuprionis, chair of the SC Ministry Foundation Board of Directors. “We are grateful for her dedicated years of service to the SC Ministry Foundation and wish many blessings for her future.”

During this time of transition, the vice-chair of the Foundation’s board will assume the management of operations, and Foundation staff members will continue in their current roles.

About the SC Ministry Foundation: Since 1996, SC Ministry Foundation has been promoting the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati as a public grant-making organization that supports direct service, advocacy and systemic change. Through their commitment to living Gospel values, the Foundation strives to reduce poverty and injustice, maximize human potential and build healthy communities through regional, national and international partnerships and collaborative initiatives.

For more information, contact: Amelia Riedel, Director of Communications and Program Officer at (513) 347-1086 or

Thank You for Your Service, Michael McGraw

Thank You for Your Service, Michael McGraw

mike-mcgraw-dec-2013-2_400pSC Ministry Foundation is grateful to Michael McGraw, who has promoted the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati through his leadership as board chairperson for the past three years during his term of dedicated service with the SC Ministry Foundation Board and committees for the past nine years.

The staff of SC Ministry Foundation would like to thank all members of our board and board committees for their ministry as stewards of our mission.

Recognizing 25 Years of Service

Recognizing 25 Years of Service

marybeth_400pSC Ministry Foundation extends deep appreciation for Marybeth Schroer who dedicated 25 combined years of service with the SC Ministry Foundation and the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Pictured below: In honor of her service, Marybeth received a proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives from Denise Driehaus (right), Ohio Representative and SC Ministry Foundation board committee member.