Established in 1996, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is awarded annually to a not-for-profit organisation making extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering anywhere in the world. Nominations are sought from throughout the international community.
Only established, non-governmental, publicly supported charitable organisations can be nominated.
Nominations should emphasise the organisation's accomplishments rather than future goals. The following are suggested criteria to consider in describing the nominee's work:
- Extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.
- Established record of achievement covering at least five years.
- Demonstration of impact.
- Ability to serve as a model for other non-profits.
- Demonstration of effective partnerships.
- Innovation in programme design.
- Organisational capacity and administrative efficiency.
The prize winner is awarded US$2 million which will be presented at a ceremony attended by international dignitaries and leaders from the humanitarian and human rights fields.
Around 200 organisations are nominated each year for this prize. Organisations from around the world have won the award, including St. Christopher’s Hospice which was selected in 2001. The Hospice was founded in London in 1967 and began the modern worldwide hospice movement.
The deadline for 2020 nominations is 1 October 2019.
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