Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
30440 Agoura Rd.
Agoura Hills, CA United States 91301-2145
Telephone: (818) 851-3700
Type of Grantmaker
- Celebrity: Business
- Family foundation
(yr. ended 2014-12-31)
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 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.
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: MS_Program@hiltonfoundation.org. 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
- Homeless services
- Housing development
- Human services
- Mental health care
- Multiple sclerosis
- Sewage utilities
- Water resources
- Water utilities
- Youth development
- Global Programs
- 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
Year ended 2014-12-31
Assets: $2,576,376,157 (market value)
Gifts received: $53,315,035
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