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August 10, 2016

Ga.-Based Global Health Charity Wins $2 Million Hilton Prize

The Task Force for Global Health, an Atlanta-area nonprofit that has pioneered efforts to tackle large-scale health issues affecting people in poverty, has been awarded the 2016 Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced Tuesday. The unrestricted $2 million prize, the world’s largest for humanitarian work, will be formally presented at the foundation’s Humanitarian Symposium in New York on September 30.

The Task Force, founded in 1984, operates programs in 151 countries, working with government agencies, foundations, drug companies, and other players to tackle neglected diseases, compile health data, and build up local medical work forces. Hilton Foundation CEO Peter Laugharn hailed its focus on “compassion, collaboration, and smart solutions. The organization and its partners roll up their sleeves and solve massive global health problems, and they do it without fanfare. … That is something we should all celebrate.”

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy opinion column on the Hilton Prize and its lessons for foundations.