Hilton Humanitarian Prize


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, and the final selection is made by an independent international panel of distinguished jurors.

The 2018 nomination period is now closed. Below are the Prize nomination guidelines.

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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 and an operating budget (expenditures) greater than U.S. $750,000.

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.

Evaluation considerations

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

  • Extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering
  • Established record of achievement
  • Demonstration of long-term sustainable impact
  • Ability to serve as a model for other nonprofits
  • Demonstration of effective partnerships
  • Innovation in program design
  • Organizational capacity and administrative efficiency

Nomination requirements and guidelines

The nomination process is done entirely online. The nominee is contacted directly by the Foundation and asked to provide supporting materials.

Step 1: When nominations are open, Create an account and password (or log in) by visiting our website.

Step 2: 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 to be awarded the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. You will receive an e-mail from the Foundation verifying your nomination. If you cannot upload a signed version of your letter, please upload it without the signature and either fax or mail a hard copy of the letter with your signature.

Step 3: The nominee will be contacted directly by the Foundation and asked to provide supporting materials.

Multiple nominations are not encouraged, although more than one person can sign a nomination letter. If more than one nomination is received for an organization, the first one received will be the nomination of record. All other nominations will be registered as letters of support; however, no more than three letters of support will be recorded.

Once the nomination has been received, the Foundation may require additional support material from the nominee. The Foundation will contact the nominee directly for this information.

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

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

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