MCLEAN. Va. — The Hilton Effect Foundation has announced its 2020 grantees, which include community-based organizations playing a direct role in COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts.

Through these grants and donations already made by the foundation, which serves as Hilton’s primary philanthropic arm, the foundation has now awarded more than $1 million in COVID-19 community-response efforts.

“A core part of the Hilton Effect Foundation’s work is to support our communities around the world through both good times and bad,” says Kate Mikesell, president, Hilton Effect Foundation. “From the very start of the pandemic, we’ve been listening to community leaders about the direct and indirect challenges they’re facing as a result of COVID-19. Based on their feedback, we’ve focused our grants on driving inclusive recovery and strengthening community resiliency.”

The Hilton Effect Foundation’s grants aim to address some of the most urgent humanitarian needs arising from the pandemic: food security, sanitation/hygiene, economic security and clean air and water. Consistent with Hilton’s commitment to respecting human rights, driving racial equality and promoting inclusive growth for all, the Foundation prioritized organizations addressing these needs, while also directly supporting minority populations and other vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

The 23 grants have been awarded in the following categories:

Food Security:
• Food Forward (United States)
• Harvest Against Hunger (United States)
• Musubie (Japan)
• Scholars of Sustenance (Thailand)
• Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (South Africa)

Sanitation and Hygiene:
• Eco-Soap Bank (Africa)
• Emmanuel Foundation (Indonesia)
• Habitat for Humanity Fiji (Fiji)
• Love Beyond Walls (United States)
• (Brazil)

Economic Security:
• ACE Charity (Nigeria)
• BCAGlobal (United States)
• Springboard (United Kingdom)
• International Rescue Committee (Jordan)
• KARI Foundation (Australia)
• Lligam (Spain)
• My Block, My Hood, My City (United States)

Clean Air and Water:
• Ecamir (Russia)
• National Environmental Education Foundation (United States)
• Planet Water Foundation (India)
• Student Conservation Association (United States)
• The Nature Conservancy (Peru and China)


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