At $2.5 million, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award presented to nonprofit organizations judged to have made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.
Every year, the Foundation receives hundreds of nominations from around the world for the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.
The Prize is awarded based on achievements, rather than future goals. Therefore, the letter of nomination should focus on what the organization has accomplished.
- Key areas that are considered for Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize include: extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering, an established record of achievement, innovation in program design, demonstration of a compelling programmatic approach to make a lasting impact, demonstration of effective partnerships, and organizational capacity and administrative efficiency.
- Nominees must be organizations, not individuals.
- Nominees must be established, nongovernmental, publicly supported charitable organizations. U.S. Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt status—or the equivalent for international organizations—will determine eligibility. (International nominees will be contacted by the Foundation for appropriate documentation.)
- Nominees must be legally established for at least five years in order to be considered.
- Nominees must have audited financial statements for at least five years.
- Nominees must have expenditures greater than U.S. $750,000 in their most recent audited fiscal year of operation.
- Nominees may not be local offices of parent organizations, specific programs within organizations or university-based projects.
- The nominator should have direct knowledge of the nominated organization’s work.
- The nominator may not be an officer or employee—or any other individual receiving remuneration for his or her services from the nominated organization. Board members may nominate providing they receive no payment for their service.
- The nominator may not be a family member of an officer or employee of the nominated organization.
- The nominator may not be the founder of the nominated organization.
- The nominator may not be a Conrad N. Hilton Foundation employee, board member, Prize juror or a family member of a Foundation employee, board member, or Prize juror.
- The nominator may not be a Hilton family member.
The nomination letter should emphasize the organization’s accomplishments rather than future goals. Both historic and recent performance should be addressed. Following are elements to consider in describing your nominee’s work for Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize:
- Extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.
- Established record of achievement.
- Demonstration of a compelling programmatic approach to make a lasting impact.
- Demonstration of effective partnerships.
- Innovation in program design.
- Organizational capacity and administrative efficiency.
For more information, visit https://www.hiltonfoundation.org/humanitarian-prize/nominations