Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards Nearly $36 Million in Grants in the Fourth Quarter of 2016, Approves New Children Affected by HIV and AIDS Strategy

Total Grants Awarded in 2016 Exceed $111 Million

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The board of directors of the Conrad
N. Hilton Foundation
announced today that it approved 27 grants
totaling $35.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2016, which brings
the amount of grants awarded for 2016 to more than $111 million, which
surpasses the amount of grants awarded in 2015. The Foundation also
approved a new strategic approach for the Hilton Foundation’s Children
Affected by HIV and AIDS program area, which will officially commence on
January 1, 2017.

Over the past year, the Foundation has been working to reflect on
lessons learned together with partners and stakeholders in order to make
modifications to its grantmaking strategy for the Children Affected by
HIV and AIDS Strategic Initiative. The Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) were used as a guiding framework and determined how best to
contribute the Foundation’s relatively limited philanthropic dollars to
this ambitious call to action.

Over the next five years, the Foundation’s Young Children Affected by
HIV and AIDS program area will field test approaches to delivering
effective, quality programming that has the potential to improve
developmental outcomes for young children (0-5 years) affected by HIV
and AIDS in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. The
objectives will be to:

  • Strengthen program approaches to improve caregiving and early learning
  • Strengthen civil society networks and government systems; and
  • Build and disseminate evidence to improve practice and policy.

“We are pleased to end the year with an announcement of $35.7 million in
funds to organizations all over the world,” said Peter Laugharn,
president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. “We are confident that the
new strategy for our Children Affected by HIV and AIDS program area will
strengthen the work of our partners with the ultimate goal of improving
developmental outcomes for all young children affected by HIV and AIDS
in five key countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.”

Grants in the fourth quarter of 2016 were awarded to a total of 27
organizations spanning across the Hilton Foundation’s priority areas,
including organizations serving the most disadvantaged and vulnerable
people both in the U.S. and internationally.

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

Children Affected by HIV and AIDS – Aga
Khan Foundation USA
was awarded $1.5 million to build capacity of
the early childhood development workforce in high HIV prevalence
communities East and Southern Africa, while Alliance
for Open Society International Inc.
was awarded $500,000 to support
the Global
Partnership for Education’s
efforts to establish the Better Early
Learning and Development at Scale Initiative. Finally, Catholic
Relief Services
was given a grant in the amount of $400,000 for
planning a phase two program to strengthen the ability of Catholic
Sisters to meet the developmental needs of children affected by HIV and

Safe Water – $3 million was awarded to Water
for People
to implement the model of Everyone Forever for
sustainable water services in Kamwenge District of Uganda. $1 million
was granted to IRC
International Water and Sanitation Centre
to create the foundation
for an ambitious learning and collective action initiative that will
catalyze development of SDG 6 in Burkina Faso, Niger and Uganda. Stanford
received a grant in the amount of $435,000 to facilitate
the design of a monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework and
theory of change for the Foundation’s Safe Water strategy. Finally,
will receive $200,000 to build the foundation necessary to implement a
WaterCredit model in Ghana.

Avoidable Blindness – Three grants were awarded to organizations
working towards elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in
Mali and Niger. The
Carter Center
was granted $5.1 million, and $5.975 million was
awarded to Helen
Keller International
for this effort. Sightsavers,
was awarded $650,000 to contribute to the elimination of
trachoma in Mali.

Foster Youth – The
John Burton Foundation
received $600,000 to strengthen the high
school to college transition process for foster youth in Los Angeles
County. Additionally, the National
Center for Youth Law
was granted $1.6 million to support the
development of a collective impact campaign that will increase access to
reproductive and sexual health care, and information to significantly
reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies among foster youth in Los
Angeles County. Finally, $1 million was awarded to the New
York Foundling
for educational support for foster youth from eighth
grade through college through the Road to Success Program.

received a grant in the amount of $1.2 million to support
capacity-building and strategic planning to ensure the continued
expansion and implementation of Los Angeles County’s Flexible Housing
Subsidy Pool. Corporation
for Supportive Housing
was awarded $3 million to invest in the Just
In Reach Pay For Success program, a partnership with the Los Angeles
County Health Agency to connect frequent users of the homeless system
and Los Angeles County Jail with permanent supportive housing. $300,000
was awarded to Housing
to support the development of a coordinated, cross-sector
policy effort aimed at increasing state funding for permanent supportive
housing for chronically homeless individuals in California.

Substance Use Prevention – School-Based
Health Alliance
was awarded $1 million to support a second phase of
work to implement youth Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to
Treatment (SBIRT) in school-based health clinics. The Addiction
Medicine Foundation
received a grant in the amount of $1 million to
continue efforts to increase the number of physicians trained in
prevention and early intervention and addiction medicine.

Multiple Sclerosis – The University
of California, San Francisco
received a grant in the amount of
$900,000 to continue development of the Bioscreen, a precision medicine
disease management tool for those with Multiple Sclerosis.

Catholic Sisters – The
Catholic Volunteer Network
was awarded $1.7 million to expand the
work of the organization’s From Service to Sisterhood initiative, a
program that connects congregations of sisters with lay-women
volunteers. $780,000 was granted to Leadership
Conference of Women Religious
to provide support for the expansion
of the Leadership Pathways program to include a focus on the dramatic
transitions and transformations that are facing religious life today. A
grant in the amount of $500,000 was awarded to the Conrad
N. Hilton Fund for Sisters
to establish a special fund within the
Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters to augment its support of canonical
leadership conferences globally. Saint
Leo University
was granted $420,000 to develop and pilot an online
certificate-granting program for SLDI alumnae and other Catholic sisters
in Africa. Finally, Catholic
Theological Union at Chicago
was granted $360,000 to support the
development and implementation of a 30-month curriculum designed to
prepare and accompany of core team from 25 religious communities to
serve as the catalyst and resource to guide their communities through
practices around interculturality.

Catholic Education – The
Catholic Education Foundation
was granted $1 million to support
tuition assistance for low-income students attending Catholic schools
within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Finally, a grant in the amount of $900,000 was awarded to Casa
Pacifica Centers for Children & Families
to support the Building
New Foundations of Hope capital campaign, and Wild
Salmon Center
was granted $700,000 to support the North Pacific
Salmon Stronghold Initiative ($500,000) and to provide general operating
support ($200,000).

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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 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
2016, the Humanitarian Prize was awarded to The Task Force for Global
Health, an international, nonprofit organization that works to improve
health of people most in need, primarily in developing countries. From
its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 billion in
grants, distributing $107 million in the U.S. and around the world in
2015. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.5 billion.
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