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light and warmth
to the world

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The Hilton Effect is the positive world-altering impact that Hilton has had, and continues to have, on billions of lives and thousands of communities around the globe. The Hilton Effect Foundation was launched in 2019 as part of Hilton’s 100th anniversary celebration, to further ensure that the Hilton Effect would continue for generations to come. With the mission to create a better world to travel, the Foundation invests in both organizations and people having a positive impact on the communities Hilton serves, in alignment to Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals to cut our environmental footprint in half and double our social impact investment.

The Hilton Effect Foundation is Hilton’s primary international philanthropic arm. Foundation grants are awarded in accordance with tax and legal requirements. The Foundation is a nonprofit established in the United States and a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Our Work

The Hilton Effect Foundation funds projects around the world led by our teams and nonprofit partners that are having a positive impact on our communities and are aligned to Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals.

Hilton Effect Grants

Hilton Effect Grants are awarded annually to nonprofits that are improving travel destinations, creating economic opportunities for all, and helping us advance our Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals to cut our environmental footprint in half and double our social impact investment.

2021: The Hilton Effect Foundation recognizes that the COVID-19 Pandemic and the increasing threat of climate change have dramatically affected communities and people around the world. In response, the Foundation focused its 2021 Hilton Effect Grants on organizations that are hyper-focused on restoring and strengthening communities. Learn more about the 2020 Hilton Effect Grants.

Disaster Response

The Hilton Effect Foundation invests in short-term relief and long-term resiliency efforts to support communities impacted by natural disasters. Recent disaster response activations include the Australia bushfires, COVID-19 global pandemic and Malaysia flooding. Learn more about the Foundation’s disaster response efforts.

Signature Partners

The Foundation provides grants to support signature partnerships with International Youth Foundation and World Wildlife Fund. These grants support the ongoing work both organizations do to create last positive impact in communities and environments around the world. 


While we traditionally do not distribute grants for unsolicited requests, we always welcome learning more about organizations and the great work they do in our communities.

Learn more about our community support guidelines and complete our Community Investment Interest Form to share your work and receive updates from the Foundation.


Interested in learning more about the Hilton Effect Foundation? Please contact us at HiltonEffectFoundation@Hilton.com and we will respond as soon as possible.  


The Hilton Effect Foundation publicly discloses its annual Form 990-PF. Please find our 2019 Form 990-PF here