Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Since 1996, the Foundation has been addressing the root causes and effects of poverty in South Carolina strategically, using our own resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.
The Philanthropy Leadership And Community Engagement (P.L.A.C.E.) Fellowship Program is a unique, four-year partnership with the Sisters of Charity Foundation and Columbia College designed to increase students’ awareness of the impact of philanthropy on community nonprofits.
Teaching philanthropy to the next generation of leaders is an imperative. While many college students have had experience with service-learning, their involvement has been short term volunteerism not community impact. They have not had the opportunity to practice comprehensive philanthropy leading to community change. This generation of students has the same passion as generations in the past, but philanthropy research indicates that the passion is for a different level of involvement. Young leaders want to take ownership of a cause and find a new approach to old problems. The P.L.A.C.E. Fellowship program provides a system to engage the next generation in comprehensive community change by teaching leadership, philanthropy, and civic engagement and providing an understanding of complex community issues while developing program strategies to impact change.