Historical programs and partnerships

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation takes a proactive approach to solving social problems. We work to identify problems that affect vulnerable people and commit to long-term strategies for solving these issues. We work with partners—grantees and other funders—over many years to achieve results. The following resources are related to past program work.

At-Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children

From 2006 until 2012 the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation funded the Strengthening At-Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children Initiative, a project aimed to improve the housing, health, and development of young at-risk and homeless mothers and children by better integrating the systems serving the housing and child development needs of homeless families.

Domestic violence

The Foundation was engaged in domestic violence program work between 1980 and 2004, with a focus on large-scale solutions and systemic change, including an emphasis on policy, health care providers, religious institutions, and rural social services.

Guinea worm eradication

Over five years the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation engaged in the Guinea Worm Eradication Program, a collaborative effort with partners including the Ghana Health Service and the Carter Centre, which focused on eliminating Guinea worm disease in Ghana, one of the countries hardest hit by the illness.

Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program

From 1997 through 2007 the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the National Office of Head Start collaborated to fund the Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program to include children with disabilities in the new Early Head Start program. This partnership is highlighted in "Creating Access to Early Childhood Education for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities," part of the "In Practice" series.

Substance abuse

Until 2014, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation funded Project ALERT, a program offering curriculum, teaching tools, and training resources for programs to prevent substance abuse among middle-schoolers. The Foundation also funded the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, providing publications and resources to combat abuse of all substances in all sectors of society.

Hilton-Perkins Partnership

Prior to our current grantmaking focus on preventable blindness, the Foundation supported a long-term partnership with Perkins School for the Blind. The Foundation's long-term investment enabled Perkins to extend its considerable expertise to the developed world, where children with disabilites are sometimes kept hidden at home. Perkins International seeks to enhance the lives of those affected by visual impairmanet by improving the quality of education, training professionals and leaders in the field, empowering parents to advocate for additional resources, and working with governments on policy, legislation, and services.

School of Hospitality Leadership, DePaul University

In 2008, DePaul University received a $7.5 million challenge grant from the Foundation to establish the School of Hospitality Leadership within its nationally recognized College of Commerce. In addition to targeting traditional undergraduates, the school seeks to enroll qualified Chicago hospitality workers—many of whom are first-generation college students—and help them to embark on management career paths.

DePaul's program addresses two critical issues facing the hospitality industry nationally: a growing shortage of qualified, skilled employees and a significant lack of ethnic and cultural diversity among hospitality managers.