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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-07

At A Glance

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

30440 Agoura Rd.

Agoura Hills, CA United States 91301-2145

Telephone: (818) 851-3700


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business
  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $2,576,376,157

Total giving: $99,964,754






Established in 1944 in NV - Conrad N. Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels, established the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation as a philanthropic trust in 1944. In 1950, the foundation was legally established as a nonprofit corporation, separate from Hilton Hotels Corporation. Upon his death in 1979, Conrad Hilton left nearly his entire estate to the Hilton Foundation. His son, Barron Hilton, joined the foundation in 1950 and has served on the board chair ever since. Over the years, he has contributed many millions to the work of the foundation, and following his father's example, in 2007, Barron Hilton pledged to leave 97% of his estate to the foundation. Steven M. Hilton, son of Barron and grandson of Conrad, joined the foundation in 1983 and was named president in 1998; he is currently also Chair and C.E.O. of the foundation board. Other Hilton family members serve on the foundation board The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy's Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement. Barron Hilton has committed to The Giving Pledge, and has pledged to give away at least half of his wealth to philanthropy.

Purpose and Activities

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation supports efforts to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world by focusing on six strategic initiatives and five major program areas. Potential applicants should see Current Programs for more information.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Children Affected by HIV/AIDS

The foundation works to directly impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of young children affected by HIV and AIDS in high-prevalence regions by ensuring that they are better able to realize their full potential for cognitive, social, and physical development.

Confronting Sight Loss

Preventing blindness and empowering those facing the challenges of visual impairment.

Conrad H. Hilton Humanitarian Prize

Following selection by an independent international jury, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awards the annual $2 million Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing exemplary work to alleviate human suffering. Created in 1996, the Prize helps recognize and advance the efforts of the recipient organizations, and calls attention to the worldwide need for humanitarian aid and support.

Educating Students for Hospitality Industry

Creating opportunities for the next generation of hotel and restaurant managers.

Ending Chronic Homelessness

Making permanent supportive housing a reality for chronically homeless people in Los Angeles County.

Nurturing Catholic Schools

Supporting Catholic schools and extending their educational benefit to more youth.

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis

Seeking a cure and improving quality of life for those who are affected by MS.

Preventing Substance Abuse

Due to youth's vulnerability and the potential lifetime consequences of substance abuse, the foundation has focused its strategy on improving substance abuse outcomes for youth age 15-22 by means of early intervention.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a program-related investment to help cover the costs of buying a building and establishing a permanent endowment for a leadership organization. The foundation has made PRIs in the form of low interest loans for capital projects. Historically, the Foundation has made PRIs to support micro-credit lending programs, endowments, renovations, housing development loans, and finance expenses during disasters.

Providing Safe Water

Increasing sustainable access to safe water for people in severe need within developing countries.

Responding to Disasters

Providing water, sanitation, and other aid to people in the aftermath of natural disasters; promoting disaster preparedness.

Supporting Catholic Sisters

Enabling Sisters to advance human development more widely and effectively.

The Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research

The goal of the award is to stimulate innovation and advance knowledge that will aid in developing treatments and cures for progressive forms of MS. The foundation is particularly interested in supporting projects that address the development of biomarkers for Progressive MS. The foundation funds the institution for whom the investigators work with grants up to four-years, totaling no more than $900,000 over the grant period. Pre-proposals must be electronically sent and must include a cover page, NIH biography, scientific narrative, and letter of support from the institution to the foundation's MS program at: See foundation web site for detailed information on the program and its application process.

Transition-age Youth in Foster Care

Helping U.S. youth transitioning out of the foster care system to find their path to success.

Fields of Interest

  • Clean water supply
  • Disasters and emergency management
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Homeless services
  • Housing development
  • Human services
  • Hygiene
  • Mental health care
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Religion
  • Sanitation
  • Sewage utilities
  • Water resources
  • Water utilities
  • Youth development
International Interests
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Global Programs
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Foster and adoptive children
  • Homeless people
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Out-of-home youth
  • People with disabilities
  • People with HIV/AIDS
  • People with vision impairments
  • Substance abusers
  • Transitioning children
  • Victims of disaster
  • Young adults
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $2,576,376,157 (market value)

Gifts received: $53,315,035

Expenditures: $151,472,708

Total giving: $99,964,754

Qualifying distributions: $112,058,914

Giving activities include:

$99,964,754 for 576 grants (high: $2,300,000; low: $100)

$221,464 for 1 foundation-administered program