The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Agoura Hills, California, has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling more than $29 million.
The grants will provide support to organizations working in the areas of homelessness, foster youth, hospitality, youth affected by HIV and AIDS, safe water, avoidable blindness, and Catholic education and nuns. Recipients include the Ocean Park Community Center, which was awarded $810,000 to provide permanent supportive housing to the chronically homelessness, who are frequent utilizers of hospital emergency and inpatient services; United Friends of the Children, which was awarded $1.5 million in support of its College Readiness Program; and Delgado Community College, which will receive $1.19 million in support of a guided hospitality career pathways program.
The foundation also awarded $2.7 million to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to scale its early childhood services in Tanzania; $2 million to Water.Org to advance its WaterCredit model in Uganda; and $1.9 million to the Himalayan Cataract Project in support of ongoing efforts to improve access and quality of eye care in Ethiopia. In addition, Loyola University New Orleans was awarded $600,000 to help Catholic sisters in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda frame the Sustainable Development Goals in terms of Catholic social teaching, while the Catholic Schools Collaborative will receive $630,000 in support of parental engagement programs in STEM education and fiscal management training for principals.
"We are pleased to end the year announcing more than $29 million in new grants to organizations doing incredible work locally, nationally, and globally," said Hilton Foundation president and CEO Peter Laugharn. "As 2017 draws to a close, the foundation is grateful to have the privilege of supporting partners working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world."
(Photo credit: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation)