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Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award 2005


This award from the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, co-founded by the late Paul Newman and Ken Derr, recognized Grand Circle's innovative World Classroom initiative and the philanthropic engagement of the company's owners.

Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2006


Presented to Grand Circle CEO Alan Lewis for leadership in social responsibility.

The New England Women's Leadership Award 2004

The New England Women's Leadership Award (NEWLA) honors women who have not only risen to positions of respect and influence, but who also have given back to their communities. Harriet Lewis received NEWLA's "Circle of Giving" Award.

Hero of Philanthropy Award 2000


Awarded to people and organizations who strengthen communities and demonstrate extraordinary compassion for humankind. Given by the New England Society of Fundraising Executives, the award celebrates our work as a model of corporate philanthropy.

One of the "25 Best Companies to Work for in America" 2006


Presented by Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc., and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Top 15 Corporate Charitable Contributor 2006


Grand Circle was recognized at Boston Business Journal's Corporate Philanthropy Summit as one of the top givers in Greater Boston and the only privately held company in the Top 15.

Tour Operator Humanitarian Award 2006


The Tanzania Tourist Board recognized Overseas Adventure Travel's commitment to giving back to the villages it visits.

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts Commitment to Action Award 2007


Presented in recognition of Grand Circle's long-time support of AIDS Walk Boston and in honor of our funding for the new BE SAFE initiative.

Shelter, Inc., Unsung Hero Award 2006


In recognition of Grand Circle volunteers' commitment and compassionate understanding of those who served.

City on a Hill Citizenship Award 2006


Presented to Harriet Lewis in recognition of her support of this charter school's mission and development.

Boston Business Journal 2005


"Best Places to Work"Top 20 Large Company division. This award has particular meaning for us, as we won it on the basis of our own associates' votes in categories such as Team Effectiveness, Alignment with Goals, Feeling Valued, and People Practices.

Neurofibromatosis Cornerstone Award 2004


Grand Circle Foundation was presented the Cornerstone Award in recognition of our stalwart support of neurofibromatosis over the last two decades.

Thompson Island Outward Bound North Star Award 2004


Awarded in recognition of Grand Circle's extraordinary service to Boston youth and its efforts to promote the specific mission of Thompson Island Outward Bound.

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston Achievement Award 2001


Presented to organizations whose commitment to community service helps others reach their dreams, this award cited the Foundation's work as a role model for corporate social responsibility.

Thompson Island Founders' Award 1998


Thompson Island, in Boston Harbor, is home to one of the few inner city Outward Bound centers in the country. This award is given to those whose dedication and leadership have enriched the lives and improved the education of youth in need.