The Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Center for Service and Action (CSA) has received a million-dollar grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to fund an endowment and to expand its outreach programming.

“This grant will give us the means to develop broader relationships with other key agencies around the Los Angeles community, and help us to continue to grow our services in some very exciting new ways,” said Pam Rector, director of the Center for Service and Action.

The center was founded five years ago and is aimed at educating men and women who serve others, especially the disadvantaged and oppressed, and to foster intellectual inquiry, moral reflection and social action.

Funds not allotted for the endowment will go toward supporting Alternative Breaks, Community Based Learning, Community Partners and two of the center’s key monitoring programs for inner city youths, among other initiatives.

The grant will be disbursed in $200,000 amounts annually over a period of five years, but the center must raise matching funds of $50,000 annually from other sources, according to grant provisions.

Rector said the Center for Service and Action hopes to raise this year’s matching funds by June.

The Hilton Foundation has made gifts to LMU for the past four decades, including supporting the university’s Von der Ahe Library and the College of Communication and Fine Arts, as well as supporting the establishment of the Hilton Business Center and the Hilton Chair of Ethics in Business, among other gifts.