Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awarded More Than $32 Million in Grants in the Fourth Quarter Of 2019

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation staff and their families at the 2019 United Way HomeWalk in downtown Los Angeles. (Photo: Business Wire)

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.--()--The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced today that 15 grants were approved, totaling more than $32 million during the fourth quarter of 2019. These grants were awarded to 15 organizations spanning across the Hilton Foundation’s program areas, both in the U.S. and internationally.

“As we embark on our 75th year while entering into a new decade, we continue to use our founder’s intent as a guidepost for our work,” said Peter Laugharn, president and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. “With that in mind, we are proud to support these innovative organizations working around the globe to improve the lives of individuals living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage.”

Following is an overview of all grants awarded in the fourth quarter of 2019:

Foster Youth – First Star Inc. was awarded $955,000 to support the First Star Bruin Scholars Academy in Los Angeles and the City University of New York (CUNY) Staten Island Academy in New York. Alliance for Children’s Rights will receive $1.8 million to support a network of critical services and advocacy for foster youth in Los Angeles with the goals of increasing graduation rates, college readiness, and employment.

Homelessness – L.A. Family Housing Corporation was granted $700,000 to support a senior housing services pilot project to enhance the range of services provided to chronically homeless seniors in the San Fernando Valley and prevent older adults facing housing insecurity from entering the homeless system altogether. United Way Inc. will receive $9 million toward a $39 million project budget for ongoing support of United Way's Home For Good initiative to end chronic homelessness in LA County. Of the total grant amount, $3.75 million would support Home For Good implementation, and $5.25 million would provide leveraged grants through the Home For Good Funders Collaborative.

Hospitality – The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation will receive $600,000 to implement the Restaurant Ready and apprenticeship programs in New Orleans and Louisiana.

Avoidable Blindness – The Carter Center was awarded $5.4 million to contribute to the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Mali and Niger. Helen Keller International will receive $5.175 million, also contributing to the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Mali and Niger. Sightsavers Inc. was granted $200,000 to contribute to the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Mali.

Safe Water WaterAid America, Inc. will receive $2 million to implement WASH services for communities, schools and healthcare facilities in two districts in Mali. World Vision was granted $2 million to support the implementation of WASH services in HCFs within two communities in Niger.

Catholic Sisters – Africa Faith and Justice Network was awarded $700,000 to continue strengthening a coalition network of sisters already established in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania, deepen their analytical abilities and advance their practical advocacy skills. The Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa will receive $950,000 to develop a regional formation program for Catholic Sisters. LifeNet International was granted $1.5 million to continue and expand health service quality improvement in Uganda and Malawi. President-Board of Trustees Santa Clara College will receive $552,000 to provide Catholic Sisters in East Africa practical hands-on learning experiences in social entrepreneurship through the Miller Center to catalyze sustainable and scalable solutions to alleviate poverty. The Zambia Association of Sisterhoods was granted $580,000 to strengthen the livelihood resilience of vulnerable and marginalized communities by congregations in targeted areas through capacity-building training.

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About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help individuals throughout the world living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage. The Foundation invests in 11 program areas, including providing access to safe water, supporting transition age foster youth, ending chronic homelessness, hospitality workforce development, disaster relief and recovery, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, and supporting the work of Catholic sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 billion in grants, distributing $110 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2019. Foundation assets increased from approximately $2.9 billion to $6.3 billion following the 2019 passing of Barron Hilton who, like his father, pledged virtually his entire estate to the Foundation. For more information, please visit


Julia Friedman, Sr. Communications Manager, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
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Julia Friedman, Sr. Communications Manager, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
818.851.3754 /