Every year, we receive hundreds of nominations from around the world for the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

Nominations are carefully vetted and reviewed through a rigorous process. The final selection is made by an independent international panel of distinguished jurors.

The nomination period for the 2021 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is now closed.

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Nominator qualifications

  • The nominator should have direct knowledge of the nominated organization’s work.
  • The nominator may not be an officer or employee—or any other individual receiving remuneration for his or her services from the nominated organization. Board members may nominate providing they receive no payment for their service.
  • The nominator may not be a family member of an officer or employee of the nominated organization.
  • The nominator may not be the founder of the nominated organization.
  • The nominator may not be a Conrad N. Hilton Foundation employee, board member, Prize juror or a family member of a Foundation employee, board member, or Prize juror.
  • The nominator may not be a Hilton family member.

Nominee eligibility

  • Nominees must be organizations, not individuals.
  • Nominees must be established, nongovernmental, publicly supported charitable organizations. U.S. Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt status—or the equivalent for international organizations—will determine eligibility. (International nominees will be contacted by the Foundation for appropriate documentation.)
  • Nominees must be legally established for at least five years in order to be considered.
  • Nominees must have audited financial statements for at least five years.
  • Nominees must have expenditures greater than U.S. $750,000 in their most recent audited fiscal year of operation.
  • Nominees may not be local offices of parent organizations, specific programs within organizations, university-based projects, or fiscally sponsored organizations.

Evaluation considerations

The nomination letter should emphasize the organization’s accomplishments rather than future goals. Both historic and recent performance should be addressed. Following are elements to consider in describing your nominee’s work:

  • Extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.
  • Established record of achievement.
  • Demonstration of a compelling programmatic approach to make a lasting impact.
  • Demonstration of effective partnerships.
  • Innovation in program design.
  • Organizational capacity and administrative efficiency.

Nomination requirements and guidelines

The nomination process is done entirely online. Once an organization has been nominated, the Foundation will contact the nominee directly to ask for additional information. We strongly encourage you to nominate an organization as soon as you are able, as your nominee will have limited time to submit materials. The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Once nominations open, create an account and password by visiting the Hilton Humanitarian Prize nominations portal.

Step 2: Complete the nomination form and upload your signed nomination letter in English. Not to exceed four typed pages in 12-point font, the signed nomination letter should cite the reasons the nominee deserves the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. If you cannot upload a signed version of your letter, please contact us.

Step 3: The Foundation contacts the nominee for additional information and supporting materials.

A nominator may only nominate one organization per year. If more than one nomination is received for an organization, the first one received will be the nomination of record, unless otherwise directed by the nominee. All other nominations will be registered as letters of support; however, no more than three letters of support will be recorded.

Please note that any attempted contact with the Hilton Humanitarian Prize jurors about the nomination could disqualify a nominee.

2021 Nominations timeline

  • Nominations Period: August 2020 – October 2020
  • First Round of Review: Fall 2020
  • Finalist Review: Winter – Spring 2021
  • Recipient Selection and Announcement: Summer 2021

If you have questions about the Hilton Humanitarian Prize or the nomination process, please review our FAQs or contact us.