Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is a US-based family foundation, established in 1944 by Conrad N. Hilton.

The foundation provides funds to non-profit organisations working to improve the lives of individuals living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage in the United States and across the world. Programmes serving developing countries include Catholic Sisters, Safe Water, Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS, Avoidable Blindness, and Disaster Relief and Recovery.

The Hilton Foundation provided USD 67.2 million for development in 2020 through its grantmaking activities. Compared to 2019, this amount represents an increase of 57% in real terms.

In 2020, the Hilton Foundation provided USD 22 million of its contributions for the COVID-19 response, representing 33% of its total gross bilateral development finance. Furthermore, 23% of total gross development finance was provided as health expenditure within the COVID-19 response.

In 2020, the Hilton Foundation provided USD 3.8 million to the multilateral system as earmarked contributions to United Nations (UN) entities, most notably UNICEF.

See the section on Geographic and thematic focus for the geographical and thematic breakdown of bilateral allocations earmarked through the multilateral development system.

In 2020, the Hilton Foundation channelled its grants mostly through non-governmental organisations; universities, research institutes and think tanks; and networks.

Most of these contributions were provided as project-type interventions and technical assistance such as capacity building, organisational effectiveness and research grants, while 4% was extended as core support.

In 2020, the Hilton Foundation’s development finance was primarily focused on Africa (USD 52.1 million) and America (USD 3.8 million), accounting respectively for 78% and 6% of gross bilateral contributions. Twelve per cent of gross development finance was unspecified by region in 2020.

In 2020, the top recipients of the Hilton Foundation’s grants included Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania and Ghana.

Least developed countries received USD 28.7 million (43%) of the Hilton Foundation’s gross disbursements in 2020, followed by middle-income countries (17%) in 2020, noting that 40% was unallocated by income group.

In 2020, 90% of the Hilton Foundation’s contributions were allocated to social infrastructure and services, in particular health and population policies and education. Moreover, bilateral humanitarian aid amounted to USD 4 million (8%).

In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Hilton Foundation committed most of its contributions to SDG 3 (good health and well-being), SDG 4 (quality education) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals) of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Moreover, USD 1.4 million (3%) was aimed at supporting SDG 5 (gender equality).

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The methodological notes provide further details on the definitions and statistical methodologies applied, including core and earmarked contributions to multilateral organisations, the SDG focus of private development finance, channels of delivery, unspecified/unallocated allocations, the gender equality policy marker, and the environment markers.

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