Global Sisters Report awarded two significant grants to fund reporting on women religious

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Global Sisters Report (GSR), a project of National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company that gives greater voice to Catholic sisters around the globe, secured two grants for ongoing funding of the only reporting initiative dedicated exclusively to Catholic sisters. The project’s website,, presents a realistic portrait of Catholic sisters in a changing world.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded GSR a grant of $3 million, over a three year period. This is the third time GSR has received a grant from the Hilton Foundation. Established in 1944 by the man who started Hilton Hotels, this family foundation provides funds to nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of individuals living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage throughout the world.

The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation awarded GSR a $225,000 grant, to be given over a three year period. The foundation was established in 1952 by the Farmers Insurance Group co-founder and has given more than $100 million to Catholic institutions and other charitable causes.

"We’re thrilled and honored to accept these two significant grants,” said Gail DeGeorge, editor. “We at Global Sisters Report are pleased to do the work we do and to receive financial support of this magnitude proves the value of sisters and their stories.”

GSR will use the grants from the Hilton Foundation and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation to continue their work as a top news source about women religious, providing comprehensive news and analysis. GSR will continue to bring together a worldwide network of editors and writers while cultivating a diverse group of sister-writers. The writers and editors produce stories from around the globe, ranging from the multi-part “Seeking Refuge” series published in 2018 about sisters who assist refugees and migrants, to the changing landscape of religious life, to sisters’ reflections on ministry, social justice issues and spirituality.

"Global Sisters Report celebrated its five year anniversary in April 2019,” said Tom Fox, National Catholic Reporter CEO and President. “With such great organizations and funds backing the website, I’m excited to see where the next five years takes GSR. Through this project, we’ve realized there’s a hunger for the stories of Catholic sisters around the world.” he added.


Global Sisters Report is an independent, non-profit source of news and information about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve. Our network of journalists report about their lives and works, and sisters write commentary from their perspective.

For more information, contact Global Sisters Report editor, Gail DeGeorge.