Hotel Foundation gives $2 million to create addiction treatment resource center
October 07, 2013
The Hilton name is known around the world for being associated with elegant hotels, lavish parties and exceedingly rich heiresses. When one thinks of the family, they tend to picture the elite living the high life in the most glamorous cities on the planet.
However, a recent decision made by executives at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation may change all of that, with some individuals considering the family's philanthropic aims more now. The Hilton Foundation recently gave a $2 million, three-year grant to the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation. The money will go toward the creation of The National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine.
"Our objective is to create systemic change in medical education, medical practice and health care, in order to provide evidence-based addiction prevention and treatment to adolescents and others who need it," explained the new center Director Dr. Richard Blondell. "We are grateful to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for helping us establish this center in order to better work toward this objective."
Ultimately, the center will emphasize the prevention of and screening for addictions, as well as training on how to effectively implement an intervention and properly refer victims to treatment centers. Much of the education given by the new institution will hone in on how to do this for young adults and adolescents. Administrators wanted to focus on a younger set because 90 percent of addicts first experiment with drugs before they turn 18.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has a number of other focus areas concerning their giving strategies. For instance, the group also gives to nonprofits that work to help children who suffer from HIV and AIDS, as well as those who work with older kids in the foster care system, among many others.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.