Revitalizing Catholic schools serving low-income families.


Our vision is high quality Catholic schools serving low-income families. The Foundation will realize this vision through improving the operational vitality of Catholic schools, with a national emphasis on advocating for and implementing private school choice to ensure that low-income families have equal access to all educational options.

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The Foundation will fund the following three areas of support. The first two are focused on national guidelines targeting the operational vitality of Catholic schools through accessing public funding. The third acknowledges our long-term relationship with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Foundation will support initiatives to:

  1. Advance the implementation of private school choice options. Today over twenty states have some form of public funding for private schools. Aligning the Foundation’s efforts with private school choice is a key opportunity to leverage public funding as a viable and sustainable pathway to operational vitality.
  2. Advocate for private school choice in strategic states. The Foundation will carefully evaluate opportunities to assist more states in passing private school choice legislation. The Foundation may also support initiatives ensuring that present legislation incorporates best practices.
  3. Advance Catholic schools serving low-income families in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Throughout its history, the Foundation has enjoyed a positive relationship with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which educates the largest number of low-income ethnic minority students in our Catholic schools. The Foundation will continue to support Catholic education in Los Angeles, giving priority to investments that advance operational vitality through increasing enrollment and/or advancing fundraising capacity.

Catholic Schools Strategy and Funding Guidelines

Please note that the Hilton Foundation is a proactive grantmaker. This means that we initiate and develop long-term projects and partnerships to help us deliver maximum impact. We do not accept unsolicited proposals. For more information about our funding strategy, you may download our guidelines here: