Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Introduction

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 Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been sharing its data on commitments and disbursements with the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate since 2018, covering flows back to 2013, of its grant-making and programme-related investments.

Private development finance

In 2017, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation provided USD 50.6 million in private development finance. Programme-related investments (common equity and shares in collective investment vehicles) amounted to USD 2.5 million (4.9%); the remainder of consisted of standard grants.

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All of the foundation’s funding was provided bilaterally. None of the foundation’s funding was channelled through the multilateral system (multi-bi/non-core contributions) in 2017.

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In 2017, USD 31.6 million (62.4%) of the foundation’s activities was channelled to/through civil society organisations (CSOs) and USD 12.9 million (25.5%) to/through universities, colleges or other teaching institutions, research institutes or think tanks. Moreover, USD 3.2 million (6.4%) was channelled through other private sector entities and USD 2.8 million (5.6%) to/through networks and public-private partnerships. See the methodological notes for further details on channels of delivery.

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In 2017, the foundation’s financing was primarily focused on Africa. USD 32.9 million (65.1%) was allocated to south of Sahara Africa.

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In 2017, 46.1% of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s activities was concentrated on its top 10 recipients. Support to fragile contexts reached USD 23.1 million in 2017 (45.6%).

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In 2017, 40.4% of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s funding (USD 20.5 million) was allocated to the least developed countries (LDCs), followed by lower middle-income countries (13.9%), noting that 43.0% was unallocated by income group.

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In 2017, 91.0% of the foundation’s activities was allocated to social infrastructure and services (USD 45.4 million), with a strong focus on education, water and sanitation, and other social infrastructure and services. Humanitarian aid amounted to USD 3.8 million (7.6%).

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USD 10.3 million of the foundation’s activities supported gender equality. In 2017, 22.3% of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s sector-allocable aid had gender equality and women’s empowerment as a principal or significant objective. Support to population and reproductive health, education, and other social infrastructure and services also focused on gender equality.

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Additional resources

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation: https://www.hiltonfoundation.org

Role of philanthropy in financing for development: www.oecd.org/development/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/beyond-oda-foundations.htm

OECD CRS database, Private philanthropy for development: https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=DV_DCD_PPFD

Reporting to the OECD since 2018.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation