The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $50 million to forty-two nonprofits working around the world.
The grants, the most ever awarded by the foundation in a single grantmaking cycle, will support organizations working in the foundation's priority program areas, including Catholic nuns and education, foster youth, homelessness, substance use prevention, access to safe water, disaster preparedness, hospitality, and multiple sclerosis research. Through its Catholic Sisters program, the foundation awarded a total of $5.4 million, including $575,000 to the African Sisters Education Collaborative to boost its fundraising capacity; $750,000 to Georgetown University in support of cross-sector collaborations involving Catholic sisters serving in peri-urban slums in Accra, Ghana; and $750,000 to the Holy See in support of initiatives spearheaded by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. In addition, the foundation awarded $1 million to Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in support of key programs and to build the capacity of its Inter-congregational Leadership Collaborative, which prepares young sisters in the United States for leadership positions.
Grants totaling nearly $3.2 million to assist transition-age foster youth include $675,000 to the Federation Employment and Guidance Service for its Academy, which provides high school education, college access, and employment pathways for foster youth in New York City; $1.05 million to the Alliance for Children's Rights in support of a network of critical services and advocacy for foster youth in Los Angeles; and $1.5 million to the United Friends of the Children in support of its college-readiness program for foster youth. In addition, the foundation awarded $500,000 to the National Alliance to End Homelessness to advance efforts to end homelessness, with an emphasis on the chronically homeless in Los Angeles.
In addition, the foundation awarded more than $5 million to advance its goal of improving the well-being of the most impoverished populations in developing countries by increasing sustainable access to safe water, including $1.2 million to build on efforts to sustain water access programs in Burkina Faso and $4 million to World Vision to support efforts to sustain water access programs in Ghana, Mali, and Niger.
"This is the largest number of grants in both number and dollar amount ever approved by our board," said Hilton Foundation vice president for grant programs Ed Cain. "This record-breaking number of grants reflects the momentum of the foundation's strategic grantmaking, the intent of our board, and the vital work of our partners."