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HALOS Receives $30,000 Grant from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina



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On May 16th, HALOS received a $30,000 grant from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. The foundation awards grants to nonprofits that strive to reduce poverty throughout the state of South Carolina and beyond. HALOS was part of the Systems Level Change category.

These grants are intended for organizations that work to influence and guide change in structural systems that have created, sustained, or reinforced the marginalization of families and individuals experiencing poverty in South Carolina. The Sisters of Charity Foundation awarded $475,000 to 18 different organizations in this category.

The mission of HALOS is to promote safe and nurturing homes for children in kinship care. Kinship care occurs when a child cannot remain with their parents and a grandparent, family friend or neighbor steps in to raise the child. The grant from Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina will fund HALOS’ kinship navigation program and other services. “After decades of working with kinship families, we know that these grandparents and other relatives are characterized by a high prevalence of poverty and low educational levels compared with other family arrangements. This makes households truly feel the financial strain when stepping up to care for and raise children” said Jed Dews, Executive Director of HALOS. “Funding from Sisters of Charity allows us to begin leveling the playing field in households across the Tri-County area.”

In this cycle of funding, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded 92 grants totaling $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations across the state. 27 of the 92 organizations to receive a grant are in the Lowcountry, a $375,000 commitment to the region.

“The Sisters of Charity Foundation is proud to support nonprofits in South Carolina that are making a difference in their communities by seeking to address the factors contributing to poverty,” said Donna Waites, President of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. “Through the support of these grants and the strength of working together, we believe we can build a stronger and more compassionate community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.”

Macon Lovelace, the Chairman of the Board of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, added, “these grants represent our unwavering commitment to addressing the root causes of poverty. Along with our core values, our grantmaking is rooted in humility, transparency, equity, and trust, and we are proud to partner with such vital organizations in this cycle.”

These Cycle 1 grant recipients serve all 46 South Carolina counties, and many of these nonprofits provide services across the state.

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