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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards More Than $13 Million in Grants in the First Quarter of 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced today that it approved six grants totaling more than $13 million during the first quarter of 2018. These grants were awarded to six organizations spanning across the Hilton Foundation’s priority areas, serving the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people both in the U.S. and internationally.

“These recent grants embody both our mission as well as our commitment to learning from our work,” said Peter Laugharn, president and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. “We’re thrilled to be working with these terrific organizations to serve some of the most vulnerable populations across the globe.”

Following is an overview of all grants awarded in the first quarter of 2018:

Safe Water – Stanford University will receive $1.93 million to finalize and implement the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) program for the Safe Water Strategic Initiative. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre will receive $7.63 million to strengthen governance systems of district-based programs and facilitate monitoring and learning efforts to achieve safe, affordable and reliable water across six countries.Hilton Foundation logo

Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDSStellenbosch University was awarded $2 million to implement the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) program for the Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS Strategic Initiative.

Foster Youth – The Door – A Center for Alternatives, Inc. will receive $825,000 to support the Academy program, which provides high school education, robust college access and employment pathways for foster youth in New York City. First Place For Youth was also granted $750,000 to improve intensive case management around employment, education and parenting outcomes for foster youth in Los Angeles.

Catholic Education – Empower Illinois was awarded $650,000 to implement private school choice for low-income families interested in enrolling their children in Catholic schools in the state of Illinois.

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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 the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for 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. In 2017, the Humanitarian Prize was awarded to icddr,b, an international health research institute dedicated to solving the most serious health issues facing low and middle-income countries. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants, distributing $114.9 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2017. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.8 billion. For more information, please visit


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