Horizons

Perspectives on philanthropy, impact and our work to improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world.

Steven M. Hilton is the President, CEO, and Chairman of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The grandson of our founder, Conrad Hilton, he has led the Foundation since 1998.

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In 2013, I celebrated 30 years of service with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Reflecting on this time, I am humbled and inspired by the outstanding work of our grantees, partners, and peers, and by the extraordinary staff and board of the Foundation.

I have decided the time has come for me to announce my retirement as President and CEO, so that another executive can take us to the next stage of our evolution. I hope to remain involved in this work by continuing my role as chairman of the Foundation board of directors.

We do not foresee significant changes in direction or funding in the near future, and we look forward to continuing to advance our strategies in tandem with grantees and others involved with our program areas.

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Homelessness Update

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been committed to homelessness issues for more than 20 years, supporting innovative programs, research, and systems change. Since 2004, we have focused our efforts on ending chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County, which has been described as the "homelessness capital of the nation." Although there have been positive developments, great challenges remain. Below is an update on how a few of our partners are trying to change the narrative and initiate large-scale change in the County.

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Alecia Foster is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Grant Programs.

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It’s no secret that if you live in a certain part of the country, you’re likely to face some sort of natural disaster – whether it’s tornadoes in the Midwest, hurricanes in the Southeast, or, of course, earthquakes in the West. Unlike the first three, however, earthquakes are a different animal. There aren’t any news updates with advance warnings, and, despite some urban myths, they do not occur more frequently during a particular season or type of weather. They just happen, as was the case at 5:26 a.m. on a recent Friday morning.

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Tenille Metti is a Program Associate, Domestic Programs, focusing on the Foundation's substance abuse initiative.

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On December 5, 2013, we held the first annual convening for our Substance Abuse Strategic Initiative in Washington, D.C.: “Providing a Path towards Healthy Living: Emerging Lessons and Promising Approaches in Utilizing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Youth,” The event brought together key leaders and stakeholders to review how the SBIRT model is being used with youth and young adults as well as to discuss the implications for current and future practice.

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Marge Brownstein serves as Executive Assistant-Special Projects.

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The Christmas spirit graced Conrad Hilton's life from cradle to grave—literally. He was born on Christmas Day (in 1887) and the last words carved on his gravestone read, Christmas is forever.

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