OVERVIEW: The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation supports organizations that work to transition young adults from foster care to independent living, to end chronic homelessness among the mentally ill, and to prevent substance abuse among young people.
IP TAKE: Hilton Foundation’s funding base is built on the family's personal fortunes. While Hilton is a sizable foundation in terms of assets, it is extremely selective in its grantmaking.
PROFILE: The Conrad Hilton Foundation was established in 1944 by Conrad N. Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotels. The foundation seeks to alleviate human suffering and “improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world.” In the field of mental health, the foundation supports organizations that work to end homelessness, prevent substance abuse, and help transition young adults out of the foster care system.
The Hilton Foundation's grants for homeless support organizations is limited to Los Angeles County. Organizations that work with young adults leaving or aging out of the foster care system can receive funding only if they work in Los Angeles County or New York City. Substance abuse prevention grants are available to any organization in the United States.
Grant amounts vary widely in size: organizations can receive grants that range from as little as $1,000 to over $1 million. To learn more about the types of organizations Hilton supports, and at what level, look through its excellent grants database.
In addition to its grantmaking, the foundation also offers the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, a $2 million award that is given once per year to non-profit organizations that are conducting exceptional work in any of the foundation's areas of interest. Anyone can nominate an organization for this prize and an independent international jury selects a single winner.
There is a lot of grant money to be had at the Hilton Foundation. Unfortunately, it does not accept unsolicited proposals.
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