Investing in

foundation grantmaking

The Hilton Effect Foundation traditionally awards grants within three focus areas – annual Hilton Effect Grants, disaster response & resiliency, and signature partnerships. Learn more about the Foundation’s annual grantmaking strategy and explore our grantees’ work below.


The Hilton Effect Foundation recognizes the impact that COVID-19 has had on communities worldwide. In response, the Foundation focused its 2020 Hilton Effect grants on organizations that are driving inclusive recovery and community resiliency, especially for locations and populations that have been most severely impacted by the virus.

The grants prioritized addressing urgent human needs: food security, sanitation/hygiene, economic security, and clean air and water. Grants were also prioritized for organizations leading projects that support groups that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), minority communities, youth, migrant laborers, and refugees.

Explore our 2020 Hilton Effect Grants Map below or download it here

2019: In celebration of Hilton’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation announced its first Hilton Effect Grants in 2019, positively impacting the lives of thousands and amplifying the Hilton Effect in more than 20 communities around the world. Learn more about our inaugural 2019 Hilton Effect Grants.



Since 2012, the Hilton Effect Foundation has partnered with International Youth Foundation (IYF) to create opportunities for young people by developing and strengthening their skillsets. With a $1.5 million USD investment from the Foundation, IYF developed Passport to Success Concierge, a free online course that prepares young people with the critical skills needed to succeed in the hospitality and tourism sector.


The Hilton Effect Foundation partners with World Wildlife Fund to drive positive environmental impact. The Foundation supports WWF in implementing destination stewardship projects, driving water stewardship and investing in improvements to renewable energy. Hilton has partnered with WWF for five years.