At $2 million, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award presented to a nonprofit organization judged to have made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering. The Prize is not only intended to recognize and advance the efforts of the recipient organization but also to call attention to the worldwide need for humanitarian aid and to encourage others to expand their support.
Inaugurated in 1996, as a tribute to Conrad N. Hilton’s lifetime of international humanitarian efforts, the annual award is presented to a nonprofit organization judged to have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering. Following initial background and legal review, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize staff conducts an extensive evaluation of the candidates, which is then submitted to an independent, international jury that makes the final selection.
- The nominator should have direct knowledge of the nominated organization’s work.
- The nominator may not be an officer or employee—of 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 a founder of the 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.
At $2 million, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award presented to a nonprofit organization.
- 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
Nominees must be legally established for at least five years (established prior to January 2015 for the 2020 Prize).
- Nominees must have audited financial statements for at least five years.
- Nominees must have expenditures greater than the 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.
Eligible Regions: Open for All.