The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced a $2 million commitment to launch the Hilton Prize Coalition, which will include many of the organizations that have won the Hilton Humanitarian Prize in the past, and to establish two new humanitarian initiatives.
Through the coalition, the foundation aims to establish a platform through which participants will share best practices in their respective fields; a list of common indicators of learning and improvement; continuous, frequent, and open communication. The initiative also will dedicate independent, funded staff dedicated in support of the coalition's efforts. In addition, the foundation announced that the monetary award for the Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world's largest humanitarian prize for nonprofits, will be increased from $1.5 million to $2 million to commemorate its twentieth Hilton Humanitarian Prize laureate, which will be announced on October 14, 2015.
The foundation also announced the creation of the Hilton Prize Laureates Fellowship Program, which will address the lack of professional mentorship and real-world training for young people that is often required as work experience but that most students do not have when they enter the nonprofit sector. The program will provide a select group of graduate and undergraduate fellows with a unique experience to learn from top-level nonprofit leaders and organizations and participate through both headquarters and fieldwork. With the goal of building the program to twenty-five fellows annually, the Hilton Prize Coalition plans to expand and strengthen a global network of future humanitarian leaders.
In addition, the new Disaster Resiliency and Response Program is a three-year pilot effort created to help its prize laureates combine forces to leverage their work partnerships while improving services and programs in the field. To that end, the program seeks to advance a collaborative model that will deliver more timely and effective systems and processes, which the foundation recommends be in place before and after a disaster. The structure of this program not only helps the laureates understand, adapt, and respond to disaster situations immediately, but also provokes an analysis of how communities can become more resilient in the wake of such disasters.
"For twenty years, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize has proudly helped fuel the success of some of the world's most influential nonprofit organizations in their efforts to alleviate human suffering," said Hilton chairman, president, and CEO Steven M. Hilton. "The foundation's investment to formalize the Hilton Prize Coalition furthers our support for such important humanitarian work by engaging the next generation of humanitarian leaders, and developing an innovative model to respond to disasters."