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$175 million in new funding announced by Peter Laugharn

The Peter Laugharn-led Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced recently that the board of directors approved more than $175 million, in new program-related investments.

The Hilton Foundation awarded those grants to 45 grantees across its evolving program areas, in the U.S. and internationally.

“We are honored to support organizations making real change happen in their communities to help shape a better future around the world,” said Peter Laugharn, president and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The extraordinary work of each of these organizations impacts countless lives in communities all over the world, and we are humbled to have the opportunity to work with  so many partners working towards better outcomes for all.”

The following is an overview of grants and Program-Related Investments (PRIs) awarded most recently.

Catholic Sisters – Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria was granted $2.5 million to partner with four congregations of Catholic sisters to build capacity for sustainable livelihoods for 20,000 direct beneficiaries in 4,000 households in two states, Ekiti and Lagos, Nigeria.

Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego received $2.7 million to grow the partnership between Catholic sisters and Catholic Charities of San Diego through the Faith in Action Network and weave a strong safety net of support that ensures whole person well-being of vulnerable community members in San Diego.

Catholic University of Eastern Africa was awarded $2.2 million to train 40 sisters on capacity building and conduct seminars on communication skills and networking, disseminate information about religious life and create a hub for continuous data collection by initiating two longitudinal studies.

Fathers of St Edmund Southern Missions, Inc. was granted $1.6 million to provide underserved youth and young adults in Selma, Alabama, with academic support and career planning through The Academy and to begin vocational training through the new Hilton Culinary Entrepreneurship Program.

Gregorian University Foundation received $1.6 million to continue providing discerning leadership and management capacity development for senior Vatican officials, leaders of Catholic sisters, religious orders and emerging Church leaders.

National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company was awarded $3.3 million to support and expand the Global Sisters Report, an online publishing and exchange platform dedicated to sharing stories for and about Catholic sisters and their mission across congregations, countries and the global sisterhood.

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas was granted $2.7 million to develop the financial sustainability of the Leadership Collaborative and bolster its formation programs. It also was granted $1,990,000 to enable the Catholic Sisters Collaborative for Community Empowerment in Haiti to provide quality economic and human development services. The Catholic Health Association of India received $1.6 million to continue building the capacity of Catholic sisters in India in leadership, resource management and community health delivery through training and technology platforms.

Early Childhood Development – East and Southern Africa – Catholic Relief Services received $4,275,000 to equip local faith-based leaders and organizations to deliver quality early childhood development services and strengthen interfaith networks in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania with a targeted impact for 19,800 caregivers.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation was granted $2,415,000 to provide technical assistance to the Tanzania government to integrate nurturing care into the health system and the national and regional level.

Early Childhood Development – United States – Los Angeles County Department of Public Health was awarded $3,627,000 to streamline available funding sources for home visitation programs in Los Angeles County and to stabilize and strengthen the early care and education system for children from birth through age 3 through workforce supports that lead to high-quality care.

New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department received $6,373,000 to strengthen a comprehensive cross-department prenatal to age 3 systems agenda, including home visiting services, support to tribal communities and improved data. Santa Fe Community College Foundation was granted $1,742,000 to create a Student Parent Resource Hub, improve the infant/toddler teacher pipeline and build the evidence for New Mexico’s home visitation model.

Stanford University Graduate School of Education was granted $3,970,000 to elevate parent voices for regional (Los Angeles County) and statewide decision-making through launching a monthly statewide parent need survey for families with young children. UNITE-LA Inc. was awarded $1,725,000 to support young children and families in Educare’s early care and learning demonstration site and to conduct a landscape analysis of the needs of pregnant and parenting young students in Los Angeles County. YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles received $2,195,000 to expand the two-generational Early Learning Readiness program for 2,250 children and families.

Foster Youth – Alliance for Children’s Rights received $2.4 million to create holistic stability and a network of critical services and advocacy for foster youth and caregivers in Los Angeles with the goals of increasing graduation rates, college readiness, housing, employment and placement stability. Partnership for America’s Children was granted $1.6 million to support advocacy and strategic communication to advance an older youth policy agenda developed by young people and foster transition-aged youth policy experts.

Rand Corporation was granted $1,660,000 to conduct research in foster youth housing and homelessness, services and supports for expectant and parenting youth, and funding sources for transition-aged foster youth services. University of Southern California (USC) received $1,530,000 to support the Children’s Data Network at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work that will link key indicators on child welfare, health and education, specifically among older foster youth in Los Angeles.

Homelessness – Abundant Housing LA Education Fund was awarded $1,750,000 to expand advocacy capacity to train Los Angeles County residents in housing issues that support housing construction and development. Brilliant Corners was granted $4 million to advance strategic planning and leverage public investment within Los Angeles County’s Housing for Health and Office of Diversion and Reentry to support people experiencing and at risk of homelessness. And it was awarded $6 million to expand its operating capacity to serve as a larger fiscal intermediary in the homelessness sector in Los Angeles County.

Housing California was awarded $2.4 million to expand, strengthen, align and activate statewide advocacy to address homelessness. Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing Inc. received $1.8 million to expand, strengthen, align and activate advocacy efforts in Los Angeles County and across California around affordable and permanent supportive housing development.

Southern California Grantmakers was granted $2,315,000 to launch a pooled philanthropic fund at the Center for Strategic Partnerships supporting innovative pilot projects focused on youth homelessness in Los Angeles County. The National Alliance to End Homelessness Inc. received $2.5 million to support a research agenda to identify effective programs and policies focused on ending homelessness. The Regents of the University of California was awarded $4.5 million to support the California Policy Lab in improving performance metrics to drive data-driven decision-making and advancing knowledge in predictive modeling and prevention strategies for individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.

True Colors United Inc. was granted $1,770,000 to partner with youth leaders in Los Angeles to build a sustainable intermediary structure focused on preventing and ending youth homelessness in Los Angeles County. REDF was granted $2.5 million to better integrate employment within efforts to end homelessness by offering employment in social enterprises and complementary support in Los Angeles County to over 700 individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

United Way Inc. was granted $11.9 million to support direct investments in physical infrastructure and service delivery in faith and community-based organizations and targeted daytime/shelter service locations as well as to oversee implementation and evaluation. It was awarded $3 million to implement narrative change work through strategic communications capacity building for a housing a homelessness coalition in Los Angeles County.

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation received $2 million to support the Homeless Policy Research Institute’s research agenda, in alignment with Strategy 25, around preventing and ending homelessness in Los Angeles County.

Opportunity Youth – Children’s Bureau of New Orleans was granted $1,625,000 to implement a new peer-to-peer health care career pathway for opportunity youth in New Orleans that will increase access to mental health services.

Jobs for the Future, Inc. received $2,570,000 to support the High Roads Training Fund, a public-private partnership that supports the creation of High Roads Training Partnerships as a strategy to tie worker training to job quality. REDF was awarded $300,000 to better integrate employment within efforts to end homelessness by offering employment in social enterprises and complementary support in Los Angeles County to opportunity youth.

The Forum for Youth Investment received $1.8 million to build the opportunity youth field’s capacity and create a transformational vision to reconnect opportunity to youth.

Program-Related Investments for Homelessness and Opportunity Youth – REDF Impact Investing Fund received a $2 million unsecured loan at an annual interest rate of 2.0% over seven years to support providing financial opportunities and organizational development assistance to employment-focused social enterprises and businesses that employ and support individuals facing employment barriers as a result of their histories, which may include homelessness, incarceration, addiction, mental health issues, or youth disconnection from school and work.

Refugees – International Rescue Committee Inc. received $10 million to support a nurturing children program in Uganda and integrate early childhood care and development with economic well-being programming.

Mayor’s Migration Council was granted $5.4 million to help launch the Global Cities Fund Children and Caregivers initiative, expand direct funding to city projects, and strengthen infrastructure to provide technical assistance and global advocacy support.

Mercy Corps received $3 million to promote social cohesion between refugee and host communities and to foster mutually beneficial interactions through economic opportunities, improved livelihoods and strengthened community-led governance structures in Gambella, Ethiopia; $6 million to support 10,000 Venezuelan and Colombian youth to access employment and leadership opportunities in Cartagena, Medellin and Valledupar; and $3.3 million to create, match, and improve work and educational opportunities for 7,7000 refugees and 3,300 host community members in Uganda through product and service innovations in jobtech platforms.

Norwegian Refugee Council, USA was granted $9 million to support two-generation youth livelihoods and early childhood development programming in Colombia, Ecuador and Uganda. Oxfam-America, Inc. was awarded $3,250,000 to strengthen refugee leadership and local humanitarian leadership advocacy in the Horn of Africa as well as globally.

Universidad de los Andes was awarded $6 million to scale up a community-based psychosocial model promoting maternal mental health and early childhood development among refugees and forcibly displaced persons in Colombia.

Equity Fund – Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors was granted $1 million for continued support to Grantmakers for Girls of Color. Village of Wisdom, Inc. received $1 million for general operating support.

Partnerships – Duke University received $2 million to support COVID-19 test-and-treat demonstrations using oral antiviral medications in four low- and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa in collaboration with the Global Alliance on Vaccine Equity.

The African Alliance for HIV Prevention was granted $2 million to support Ports 2 Arms, a community powered COVID-19 vaccine and treatment equity tracking tool, supporting tracking in Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa in collaboration with the Global Alliance on Vaccine Equity.

Other Grants – The Task Force for Global Health, Inc was awarded $15.5 million to support an Avoidable Blindness Fund that will help fulfill the Foundation’s commitment to trachoma elimination in Mali, Niger and Tanzania and see the completion of the Cameroon Cataract Performance Bond.

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