Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

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

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (Hilton 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 disbursed USD 42.3 million for development in 2019 in the form of grants. Compared to 2018, this amount represents a decrease by 11% in real terms.

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In 2019, the Hilton Foundation provided USD 1 million of gross disbursements to the multilateral system, accounting for 3% of its total development finance. These multilateral activities stand for the Hilton Foundation’s earmarked contribution to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

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

In 2019, the Hilton Foundation channelled its development finance mostly through non-governmental organisations (61%) and universities, research institutes and think tanks (27%).

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In 2019, civil society organisations (CSOs) received USD 26 million of gross disbursements, all of which were channelled through CSOs to implement projects initiated by the provider (earmarked funding). CSOs based in developing countries received 3% of the Hilton Foundation’s allocations channelled to/through all CSOs.

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In 2019, the Hilton Foundation’s development finance was primarily focused on Africa and America. USD 37 million was allocated to Africa and USD 2 million to America, accounting respectively for 87% and 5% of gross disbursements. Seven per cent of gross disbursements was unspecified by region in 2019.

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Bilateral private development finance by recipient country

In 2019, 62% of gross disbursements went to the Hilton Foundation’s top 10 recipients, most notably Uganda, Ghana and Niger. The share of 33% was not allocated by country, mainly relating to expenditure for projects and programmes with a regional scope.

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Least developed countries received USD 22 million (52%) of the Hilton Foundation’s gross disbursements in 2019, followed by middle-income countries (15%), noting that 33% was unallocated by income group.

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Note: LDC: least developed country; LMIC: lower middle-income country; UMIC: upper middle-income country.

In 2019, almost all of the Hilton Foundation’s development finance was allocated to social infrastructure and services. Contributions in this area accounted for 95% of its commitments (USD 38 million), showing a strong focus on water and sanitation and education.

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In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Hilton Foundation focused most of its development finance on clean water & sanitation, quality education, and partnerships.

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In 2019, the Hilton Foundation committed USD 15 million (37% of its allocable development finance) to gender equality and women’s empowerment overall.

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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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