Park Hyatt Chennai, India, SPEED Trust, slum, children, women, mothers, charitable giving
Park Hyatt Chennai, India, SPEED Trust, slum, children, women, mothers, charitable giving



Hyatt Hotels has given a total of $1.35m in the past five years to community-service organizations throughout the world, including a project in Chennai that gives children and women an opportunity to get out of the slums.

Park Hyatt Chennai has developed a recruitment program to enroll potential candidates from SPEED Trust in entry-level positions and internships at the hotel. Hotel associates also regularly volunteer to teach English to SPEED clients. Slum People Education & Economic Development or SPEED Trust offers education, skills training and micro-loans to impoverished women and children.

So far this year, as part of Hyatt Community Grants, a philanthropic program that empowers Hyatt associates to guide charitable giving,  27 Hyatt hotels and offices have awarded more than $300,000 to communities around the world.

Hyatt Community Grants, a key component of Hyatt Thrive – Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform – encourages hotels around the world to identify and nominate local nonprofits for funding consideration through Hyatt Hotels Foundation. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Hyatt hotels have awarded more than $1.35m in Hyatt Community Grants to nonprofit organizations in 103 communities and 34 countries globally.

‘Hyatt has a long history of dedication to fostering thriving local communities where Hyatt hotels operate, and we are so proud of the many grant nominations we received,’ said Brigitta Witt, vice president of corporate responsibility for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. ‘In many cases, these grants help support multi-year relationships of financial and volunteer support between the hotels and their chosen nonprofit organizations.’

The program builds on Hyatt’s belief that no one better understands a community’s most pressing issues – and their solutions – than those who live and work there. Nonprofits selected represent efforts in one or more of the four Hyatt Thrive pillars: education and personal advancement; economic development and investment; health and wellness; and environmental sustainability.

Vote in Hyatt’s Vote. Give. Thrive. Campaign on Facebook

While local associates at Hyatt hotels and offices have nominated the chosen 26 grant recipients, Hyatt is asking the broader community to determine which three of those 26 organizations will receive additional funding. Now through December 31, visit the Vote. Give. Thrive. application on Hyatt’s Facebook page to vote daily for the organizations about which you feel most passionately. The nonprofit with the most votes will receive an additional $10,000, and the second- and third-place organizations will each receive an additional $5,000.

To support their chosen nonprofits, the Hyatt hotel or Hyatt office that nominated the nonprofit uses a video to share why their organization deserves your vote. Visit the application at for the videos, more details and full voting terms.

For more information about Hyatt Thrive visit