Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Global Philanthropy Forum Announce Alliance, Including Move of Hilton Prize Ceremony to Annual GPF Conference Starting April 2010

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The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Global Philanthropy Forum today announced a strategic alliance that calls for the presentation of the annual Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to be made at the annual conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) starting in April 2010.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Global Philanthropy Forum today announced a strategic alliance that calls for the presentation of the annual Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to be made at the annual conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) starting in April 2010. Steven M. Hilton, president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation, will join GPF's Advisory Council and a Hilton representative will serve on the GPF's Conference Steering Group.

"The Global Philanthropy Forum is the premier gathering of donors in international philanthropy and presentation of the prize at its annual conference will showcase the Hilton Prize recipient before more than 500 leading donors," said Hilton. "This is an exceptional venue to raise visibility for the humanitarian accomplishments of our prize laureates."

"The Hilton Prize is the humanitarian world's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Its prestige and renown will enhance our conference, and be a source of inspiration to our community of philanthropists," said Jane Wales, CEO of the GPF. "The Prize dinner ceremony will be a fitting celebration during our annual gathering of philanthropists who seek to effect positive social change. We welcome this collaboration."

The 2010 Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million, largest in the humanitarian world, will be awarded on the evening of April 20, the last dinner of the GPF annual conference at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City, CA, April 19-21. The Hilton Foundation will be the sole sponsor for that evening's event.

In order to fit the timetable of the GPF annual conference, the Hilton Prize schedule for 2010 will be altered, according to Judy Miller, vice president of the Hilton Foundation and director of the Hilton Prize. Because there are only six months between the presentation of the 2009 Hilton Prize to PATH in Washington, D.C. on September 21 and the scheduled April 20 presentation of the 2010 prize, this does not leave adequate time to conduct the rigorous evaluation process for new nominees. Therefore, all nominations previously received for the 2009 prize will again be considered by the international jury for 2010. Any new nominations to be received will be considered for the 2011 prize

The Hilton Humanitarian Prize recipients are recognized leaders in the humanitarian world and include: PATH (Seattle) 2009; BRAC (Bangladesh), 2008; Tostan (Senegal), 2007; Women for Women International (Washington, DC), 2006; Partners In Health (Massachusetts), 2005; Heifer International (Arkansas), 2004; International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (Denmark), 2003; SOS Children's Villages (Austria), 2002; St. Christopher's Hospice (England), 2001; Casa Alianza (Costa Rica), 2000; African Medical and Research Foundation (Kenya), 1999; Doctors Without Borders (France), 1998; International Rescue Committee (New York), 1997; and Operation Smile (Virginia), 1996.

About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Based in Los Angeles, the Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by the late hotel entrepreneur and business leader Conrad N. Hilton, who left his fortune to the foundation when he died in 1979 with instructions to help the most disadvantaged and vulnerable throughout the world without regard to religion, ethnicity, or geography. Barron Hilton, who also led Hilton Hotels Corporation and is current chairman of the foundation, has joined his father in committing to leave the bulk of his wealth to the foundation. The foundation along with its related entities has assets exceeding $3.4 billion and, since its inception, has awarded more than $800 million in grants. More than 50 percent of its grants support international charitable projects.
For more information, please visit http://www.hiltonfoundation.org.

About the Global Philanthropy Forum
A learning network of over 750 philanthropists from around the world, the Global Philanthropy Forum aims to build a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes, and to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their work. By building, and continually refreshing a lasting learning community, the GPF seeks to expand the number of philanthropists who will be strategic in pursuit of international causes. President and co-founder Jane Wales launched this effort in 2001 in partnership with leading Silicon Valley philanthropists who shared a conviction that individuals are not only capable of advancing human security, environmental stewardship, and improved quality of life, but that they must. The GPF is a project of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.
For more information, please visit http://www.philanthropyforum.org

Contact:
Barbara Casey, Hilton Foundation, (310) 990-0750
Jill Freeman, Global Philanthropy Forum, (415) 293-4645

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