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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards More Than $25 Million in Grants in the First Quarter of 2019

April 23, 2019

The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced today that 10 grants and one program-related investment extension were approved, totaling more than $25 million during the first quarter of 2019. These grants and the program-related investment were awarded to 11 organizations spanning across the Hilton Foundation’s program areas, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Dorothy Edwards was homeless in Pasadena for eight years before being placed in permanent supportive housing, and now serves on the Corporation for Supportive Housing board of directors.

“We are pleased to award $25 million in grants this quarter to nonprofits doing inspiring and impactful work every day,” shared Peter Laugharn, president and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. “We are immensely proud to support the work of our grantees and partners working to improve the lives of people living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage.”

Following is an overview of all grants awarded in the first quarter of 2019:

Safe Water – Catholic Relief Services will receive $1.5 million to implement WASH services in schools and healthcare facilities in Banfora, Burkina Faso. Millennium Water Alliance was awarded $7.5 million to launch a collective impact initiative for achieving safe water coverage across three woredas in Ethiopia.

Foster Youth – National Center for Youth Law will receive $2.4 million to support a collective impact campaign that will increase access to reproductive and sexual health care, and information to significantly reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies among foster youth in Los Angeles County. John Burton Advocates for Youth was awarded $985,000 to strengthen the high school to college transition process for foster youth in Los Angeles County.

Homelessness – Corporation for Supportive Housing was granted a five-year extension to the existing $2 million program-related investment focused on expanding the supply of permanent supportive housing in Los Angeles.

Hospitality Workforce Development – New Orleans Career Center was granted $850,000 to create a hospitality career pathway at the New Orleans Career and Technical Education Center for high school students. Reconcile New Orleans was awarded $1.2 million to increase the effectiveness of hospitality workforce training for opportunity youth through professional development and data analysis.

Substance Use Prevention – School-Based Health Alliance will receive $1 million to conduct a final phase of SBIRT training, technical assistance and evaluation in school-based health clinics. Seattle Children’s Hospital was granted $700,000 to evaluate SBIRT in middle schools in King County. YouthBuild USA, Inc., will receive $1.5 million to conduct additional research and evaluation on a youth SBIRT approach for community-based workforce development programs.

Catholic Sisters – Marywood University was granted $7.5 million to expand on the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative current work in the ten focus countries in Africa.

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