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Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize 2019

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Application Deadline- Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.-

At $2 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. The Prize is awarded not to an individual, but to a nonprofit organization—to recognize its extraordinary contributions and to highlight the need for greater humanitarian aid in the world.

Nominee eligibility

  • 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 expenditures greater than U.S. $750,000 in their most recent audited fiscal year of operation.
  • It is strongly encouraged that if a nominee has multiple branch offices that the umbrella organization be the nominee.

Nominator qualifications

  • 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.

Evaluation considerations

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:

  • Extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering
  • Established record of achievement
  • Demonstration of impact
  • Ability to serve as a model for other nonprofits
  • Demonstration of effective partnerships
  • Innovation in program design
  • Organizational capacity and administrative efficiency

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize 2019


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