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Hilton Effect Foundation pledges £1.13m to organisations

14 grants have been awarded to organisations supporting groups disproportionately impacted by Covid and climate change worldwide.

The Hilton Effect Foundation has announced that it has awarded $1.5m (£1.13m) through its 2021 Hilton Effect Grants to organisations “driving sustainable change across the globe”.

Serving as Hilton’s primary philanthropic arm, The Hilton Effect Foundation has selected grantees focused on restoring and strengthening communities impacted by the Covid pandemic and the increasing threat of climate change across EMEA, the Americas, and APAC.

Hilton has donated to Springboard in the UK to create opportunities for young people and a community “hit hard by drops in tourism due to the pandemic”. 

For EMEA, the foundation donated to Direct Relief to deliver medical supplies and essential items to support local health systems, and to WaterAid to provide clean water solutions and empower women to be actively included in projects to meet the needs of their communities.

Additionally, the Hilton Effect Foundation also donated to the Lebanese Food Bank as citizens have been “excessively affected” by the pandemic and its ongoing economic crisis.

Hilton established the Hilton Effect Foundation to create a “better world to travel by investing in the people and organisations that are fostering change”. 

The company said the organisations were selected based on their positive impact on the environment or providing opportunities for communities in travel destinations around the world.

Kristin Campbell, executive vice president, general counsel and chief ESG officer, said: “The Hilton Effect Foundation exists to help build resiliency and a sense of community when and where it is needed most.

“Against the backdrop of the last two years, and across 2021 especially, people and organisations around the world have come together in incredible ways to support one another and to drive real progress in addressing major global challenges.”

She added: “Our grantees are doing meaningful work to create solutions that restore and strengthen our communities for future generations of travelers, and it is our honor to support their efforts.”

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