To improve the quality of life of the poor and underserved so they can live to their fullest potential, by initiating systemic change, enhancing community connections, serving as a community change agent to advocate for the poor, promoting innovative strategies to impact the root causes of poverty

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton supports and furthers the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. The principal components of their ministry are health, education, and social services. The Foundation's focus is on issues of social justice relating to the poor and underserved in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.


As a faith-based organization, we believe in. . .

. . .approaching all that we do with deliberation, compassion, charity, integrity, prudence, inclusiveness, and humility.

. . .respecting and valuing cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity by operating in a manner that supports and enhances the dignity of individuals and communities.

. . .respecting and valuing each person's strengths and abilities by including in the decision–making process those affected by our decisions.

. . .addressing the root causes of poverty by focusing our efforts on nurturing healthy communities, especially with respect to the poor and underserved.

. . .supporting and enhancing the well being of children and families.

. . .collaborating with foundations, organizations, and other systems to leverage assets and resources whenever possible.

. . .striving for actions that are strategic, timely, outcome oriented and directed toward long–term systemic change.

ChildrenOUR HISTORY - The Beginning
For over 160 years the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine have dedicated their mission and ministry to addressing the unmet needs of the spiritually, socially, psychologically, physically, or materially underserved in the areas of health, education, and social service. As Catholic organizations, the mission of their foundations is rooted in this history. Through innovative, strategic, and mission–driven grantmaking the Foundations are committed to making a difference in the lives of the poor and to extending the ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine.

A partnering decision in November 1995, strategically positioned the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System's hospitals to be responsive to the major trends in healthcare. By selling a 50% interest in Mercy Medical Center, the Sisters were able to establish the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, and to continue honoring all the essential faith obligations of Catholic healthcare facilities including the continuation of healthcare of those unable to pay. In 1999, a new 50–50 nonprofit, joint venture with University Hospitals Health System of Cleveland, Ohio, replaced the partnership established in 1995 continuing the mission of Catholic healthcare to the community. In this restructuring, the assets of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton were preserved to continue its mission to the community.

Based upon Gospel values, Catholic social teaching, and the Congregation's mission and beliefs as they are related to major societal challenges, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine has directed their Foundations to confront key issues that impact the poor and underserved.

Therefore, the Sisters of Charity Foundations remain committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved by understanding the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and family, and measuring the outcomes of these efforts.


Ronald S. Young, Chair

Ronald Becker, Vice Chair

Susan Kunkle,Ph.D. Secretary

Daniel J. Fuline, Treasurer

Debra Bentivegna

Joni T. Close (ex officio)

Albert T. Domingo, MSMD

Msgr. Lewis Gaetano

Rosemarie Hall

Jeffrey Halm

David C. Kaminski

Susanna H. Krey (ex officio)

James Leahy

C. Todd Locke

Kathleen M. Poporad

Elaine Russell Reolfi 

Sister Catherine Walsh, CSA

George T. Williams, DDS



Joni T. Close


Trudy Brown
 Office Assistant

Liz Ford
 Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Haude
 Communications Specialist

Anne G. Savastano
 Grants Manager/Communications Manager
Shannon McMahon Williams
 Program Associate
Carrie L. Wilson
 Program Officer

Employment Opportunities

We are always interested in knowing about exceptional candidates.   If you have experience in the philanthropic sector or related work and feel a connection to the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton’s mission, please feel free to send a confidential resume and writing sample to: lford@scfcanton.org and we will keep it on file for consideration. 




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