Mission and History


The Roper St. Francis Foundation’s mission is to identify, secure and manage philanthropic resources to support facility projects and healthcare services of Roper St. Francis Healthcare.


Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s history is steeped in philanthropy.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare began with a philanthropic gift, in 1829, when Colonel Thomas Roper left a bequest for a hospital to be built in Charleston that would treat all people. The first community hospital in South Carolina, Roper Hospital, was built in 1850.

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital opened its doors in 1882 as St. Francis Xavier Infirmary, the first Catholic hospital in South Carolina and one of many gifts from the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy to Charleston.

In 1998, Roper and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospitals combined their resources to form the integrated system known today as Roper St. Francis. Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital opened its doors in 2010, with community funding enhancing many parts of the hospital.

The Roper St. Francis Foundation Today

The Roper St. Francis Foundation transitioned from a grant-making organization to a full-service development office for Roper St. Francis Healthcare in 2005. The Foundation solicits gifts and grants from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies to support the fundraising initiatives of Roper St. Francis Healthcare.

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