safe water priority area

Priority areas

Rooted in the life interests and last will of our founder, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation pursues approaches that touch a diversity of people, places and needs. We invest in eleven priority areas, including the following initiatives and programs.


Our strategic initiatives involve funding several partners, generating new knowledge, and collaborating with other funders to achieve measurable impact.

  • Catholic SistersBuilding a Global Sisterhood

    Enabling Sisters to advance human development more widely and effectively

  • African girl at chalkboardHelping children affected by HIV and AIDS

    Improving early childhood development outcomes for young children affected by HIV and AIDS in the developing world

  • foster youthSupporting older youth in foster care

    Achieving healthy and productive lives for transition-age foster youth in New York City and Los Angeles County

  • Man in permanent supportive housingEnding chronic homelessness

    Making permanent supportive housing a reality for chronically homeless people in Los Angeles County

  • middle school studentsPreventing substance use

    Setting youth on a path toward healthy living by focusing on substance use prevention and early intervention

  • women carrying waterProviding safe water

    Increasing sustainable access to safe water for people in severe need within developing countries

Major programs

The Foundation also gives priority to the following program areas.