LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 12, 2013 – A first-of-its-kind study released today links birth and child protective services records in Los Angeles County revealing new insights regarding births to teens involved with the child welfare system. These new data document that one in four teens in foster care give birth before age 20 and as many as 40 percent of these young mothers have a second child during their teen years. In the county overall, 4 in 10 teen mothers have been reported as alleged victims of abuse or neglect before pregnancy and 20 percent have a history of substantiated maltreatment. Rates of abuse and neglect among children born to teens with a history of maltreatment victimization are two to more than three times the rates of children whose teen mothers had no CPS involvement.
California's Most Vulnerable Parents: A Population-Based Examination of Youth Involved with Child Protective Services, authored by University of ...]]>
NEW YORK, October 24, 2013 – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded ECPAT, the leading global network of organizations dedicated to stopping the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), the 2013 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million, the world’s largest humanitarian prize, at a dinner on October 23, 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
This marks the 18th year the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has presented the Hilton Prize to an organization that is significantly alleviating human suffering. The international Prize jury selected ECPAT, one of approximately 200 nominees received this year, as the recipient in an effort to put a spotlight on the devastating injustices of CSEC.
With the International Labour Organization estimating that up to 1.8 million children are exploited in the commercial sex industry or pornography worldwide generating a $12 billion global market, ECPAT was recognized for its work in combating the evolving ways in which children are sexually exploited. Impacting the growth of this criminal industry ...]]>
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 1, 2013— ECPAT , the leading global network of organizations dedicated to stopping the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), has been selected to receive the 2013 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million, the world's largest humanitarian prize. This is the 18th year for the Hilton Prize given by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to an organization that is significantly alleviating human suffering.
The announcement was made here today at a Consultation convened by ECPAT to develop an action plan to combat child trafficking, prostitution and pornography in Africa which has been growing due to increased tourism, family breakdowns, greater access to new technologies, unsafe migration and widespread poverty.
"Each year 1.2 million children have their childhoods stolen from them by unscrupulous traffickers and pimps, generating a $12 billion global market," said Steven M. Hilton, president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. "ECPAT's work has been pivotal in mobilizing the international community to stop this evil commerce ...]]>
LOS ANGELES, January 16, 2013 – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded $600,000 to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This latest grant reaffirms the Foundation's commitment to supporting long-term recovery work and encouraging other funders to give strategically in the aftermath of disasters.
From October 25 to October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy impacted a region stretching from the Caribbean to the Northeastern United States, becoming the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. The economic losses resulting from the damages left in Sandy's wake are estimated at $65.6 billion, making it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane after Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Sandy caused the deaths of 253 people, 97 of whom were in the tri-state area.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was moved by the suffering of hurricane victims and the organization's long-standing commitment to supporting disaster relief, recovery and preparedness efforts. Based on the Foundation's own research, about two months after a disaster strikes is usually when the initial rush of donations drops off and news cycles turn to other matters, leaving longer-term recovery needs forgotten or underfunded. The Hilton Foundation is committed to intervening at ...]]>
AGOURA HILLS, November 6, 2012 – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has formally moved into its new campus in Agoura Hills, California. The structure has been carefully designed as a cutting-edge, environmentally sensitive and energy-efficient building to meet Platinum LEED-certified green standards.
In 2007, the Foundation's board of directors decided in favor of building a permanent home for the organization to continue carrying out Conrad Hilton's legacy for generations to come. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is a family foundation established in 1944 by the man who started Hilton Hotels, which provides funds to nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world.
"This new home in Agoura Hills will prepare the Hilton Foundation for the time it will double in size and staff," said Hilton Foundation President and CEO, Steven M. Hilton . "My father, Barron Hilton, has pledged his intent to follow in the footsteps of his father, Conrad Hilton, and contribute 97% of his entire net worth at the time of his passing. This building is the first phase of a four-phase campus that will allow us to grow accordingly into ...]]>
LOS ANGELES, September 6, 2012 – The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation recently approved $7.8 million for the "Home For Good" action plan, a partnership between the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County by 2016.
Los Angeles is sometimes called the "homeless capital of the nation." In 2011, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reported over 51,000 persons experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County every night; 12,500 of them are long-term or chronically homeless individuals. Permanent supportive housing, which combines affordable housing with supportive services, has proven to be a highly cost-effective way to end long-term homelessness for people facing complex challenges, including mental illness, substance abuse, and physical disabilities.
"We know permanent supportive housing works," said Steven M. Hilton, Chairman, President & CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. "Philanthropy can play a key role in bringing together very different players to address a complex issue such as ending homelessness. Home For Good demonstrates that funding partnerships can leverage and align funding, and increase coordination between public and private sectors."
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LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2012 – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded grants totaling $500,000 to support the work of two humanitarian organizations providing assistance to people affected by a rapidly escalating food crisis in the western Sahel, a large swath of Africa south of the Sahara Desert that has been hard hit by recurrent droughts. The Hilton Foundation grants were divided between Mercy Corps and Catholic Relief Services, both of whom are aiding people in Niger.
"The Sahel food crisis is rapidly becoming a full blown catastrophe affecting millions of people, especially children. More than one million children under five are threatened with severe malnutrition this year," said Steven M. Hilton, Chairman, President and CEO of the Foundation. "We felt compelled to step forward and join those in the international community who are working to alleviate this crisis."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 16, 2012 – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation tonight presented the 2012 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million to HelpAge International, the only global organization with a singular focus on providing assistance to and advocating for disadvantaged older people. The Hilton Foundation gives the annual award, the world's largest humanitarian prize, to an organization that is doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering.
The 2012 Hilton Prize was formally presented at a special ceremony at the Global Philanthropy Forum's 11th annual conference at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. Robert Zoellick, outgoing president of The World Bank, delivered the keynote for the prize dinner.
"Over time, the World Bank's aim should be to help countries move Beyond Aid," said Zoellick. "There will always be a need for humanitarian aid, and for some time to come, poor and conflict-riven countries will require development assistance. The goal, however, should be to move beyond dependency. Our aim should be to shift from a paradigm of charity to one of mutual economic benefit."
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HelpAge International, the only global organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged older people live full and secure lives, has been selected to receive the 2012 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million. Nearly 190 million people over the age of 60 live in poverty, and more than 50 percent of them survive on less than $1 a day. Despite the crucial role older people play in their communities, they receive less than 1 percent of all humanitarian aid.
The Prize will be presented at the Global Philanthropy Forum on April 16 in Washington, D.C., where World Bank President Robert Zoellick will deliver the keynote address. View special messages from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair.
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In March, the Hilton Foundation officially launched a new priority area for Foster Youth focused on Los Angeles County and New York City. The new strategy will help foster youth attain self-sufficiency by providing support for those who are at risk or who are transitioning out of the foster youth system. According to the federal Child Welfare Information Gateway, the U.S. foster care system includes approximately 460,000 young people. This initiative stems from the Foundation’s work in caring for vulnerable children in the United States and around the world.
Pictured above is Trayvon Walker, a young California man who is navigating the transition from foster care to adulthood. Hear his story in an KPCC interview. Photo courtesy of The Alliance for Children's Rights.]]>
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LOS ANGELES, CA – March 8, 2012 –
March 8, 2012 – HelpAge International, the only global organization with a singular focus on providing assistance to and advocating for disadvantaged older people, has been selected to receive the 2012 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million. The Prize will be presented at the Global Philanthropy Forum on April 16 in Washington, D.C.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation presents the annual award, the world's largest humanitarian prize, to an organization that is doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering. The foundation made the announcement today on International Women's Day to acknowledge the invisible role of older women in maintaining the welfare of families, communities and food production across the developing world.
"The world is aging. By 2015, nearly 900 million people will be older than age 60, which is close to three times the population of the United States. Nearly 190 million older ...]]>