The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Name of Foundation: The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Location: Los Angeles

Contact info: Phone: (818) 851-3700
Coverage Area: National and International
Subject Area: Catholic Sisters, Children Affected by HIV and AIDS, Foster Youth, Homelessness, Substance Abuse, Safe Water
Assets: $2.2 billion (2012)
Last Year Total Giving: $83 million (2012)

In a nutshell: Conrad N. Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels, established the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation as a philanthropic trust in 1944. Upon his death in 1979, he left nearly his entire estate to the foundation. Conrad’s son, Barron, continues to provide leadership to the foundation, serving as chairman. Like his father, he has also pledged to leave the majority of his fortune to the foundation.

The foundation has an enormous portfolio, spanning several continents. Within the U.S., the foundation has recently turned their focus to transition aged youth in foster care. Domestically, they also invest in early intervention programs and substance abuse prevention, including Project ALERT, a substance abuse prevention curriculum for middle school students.

Major Programs:
Catholic Sisters
Children affected by HIV and AIDS
Foster Youth
Substance Abuse
Catholic Education
Disaster Relief and Recovery
Hospitality Education
Multiple Sclerosis

How to Apply: The Foundation does not encourage unsolicited proposals for funding. They cultivate long-term projects with partners identified by the foundation.

Organizations may qualify to be nominated for the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The $1.5 million prize is awarded each year to a charitable organization working to alleviate human suffering.

Organizations may also be eligible for the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters, if the program serves an economically disadvantaged population and employs a full-time member of an officially recognized Catholic congregation of women. Grants from the Fund for Sisters usually do not exceed $15,000. A project proposal form is required as an initial step.

Recent News and Grant making:
Grants, Early 2013

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